Archive for April, 2010

Training and Retaining for Best Performance

April 28, 2010 No Comments

Zoos and aquariums face the same challenges as corporations when it comes to hiring and retaining employees. No matter what the economic conditions, the right personnel have to be in place to ensure customer safety and guest satisfaction. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, Calif., is owned by the City of Los Angeles, which […]

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The Role of Entertainment in Cultural Institutions

The Role of Entertainment in Cultural Institutions

April 28, 2010 No Comments

The marriage of entertainment and education has been given the general term “Edutainment” – but has had to fight to prove its value in a sector that is incredibly reticent to embrace anything that they see as dumbing down or trivializing the process of learning. In out-of-home, the international “Edutainment” sector covers one of the […]

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How Six Flags is Using the Online World to Tap Real-Time Revenue Streams

How Six Flags is Using the Online World to Tap Real-Time Revenue Streams

April 28, 2010 No Comments

 During last November’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Las Vegas, I enjoyed several interesting conversations with large park operators on the topic of discretionary spending at amusement facilities. The gist of those conversations was simple and straightforward: in tough economic times like these, how do you convince guests to spend more money once they’ve entered […]

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Safe Havens

Safe Havens

April 28, 2010 No Comments

There is nothing much more fun to a kid than running, climbing, jumping or playing sports, except perhaps doing all of those things in one place. That is why family entertainment centers (FECs) have been so successful through the years. Parents seek out places where their children can run wild and let loose, while being […]

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Sponsors

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

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Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
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LAI
American Conference