Archive for June, 2010

Special Programming: <br />Success Stories from the Nation’s Museums

Special Programming:
Success Stories from the Nation’s Museums

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Though the definition of a successful special program might differ from museum to museum, the consensus among museum professionals is offering such programming is a win-win. Members have another reason to visit and experience the museum. And the museum can reach new audiences and attract new members. Free Market Response It is no surprise that […]

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Insuring Success: Even in States Without Requirements, Rental Businesses Bank on Insurance

Insuring Success: Even in States Without Requirements, Rental Businesses Bank on Insurance

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The proper insurance can be as much of a selling point for companies that rent inflatables and party equipment as the brightly colored bouncers and fine china they cart to events. That’s what Robert De Los Santos discovered after he started Sky High Party Rentals in Houston, Texas, from his parents’ backyard shortly before his […]

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June 2010

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Ovens and Fryers: Best Food Equipment Practices at Family Entertainment Centers

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A little foresight goes a long way in buying and maintaining ovens and fryers to serve up scrumptious food for the lively guests of the family entertainment center environment. According to Joe Guido, catering manager for Calypso’s Cove, Old Forge, N.Y., “It definitely helps to know what you’re going to use the equipment for and […]

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The Critical Role of Concession Signage at Zoos and Aquariums

The Critical Role of Concession Signage at Zoos and Aquariums

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Seeing the animals may be the first priority of a visitor at a zoo or aquarium, but the second priority is always food.  Food managers and directors use creative signage to show off their menus and bring visitors to the snack stands, restaurants and cafes.  At the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Café Scuba welcomes […]

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Customer Service Report: Keeping Coin-Op Route Locations Happy and Earning

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When you are the owner of a company, you know that client satisfaction holds the key to success. Owners and managers of vending machine companies all agree that when it comes to keeping your route locations satisfied, it is a matter of service and appearance.   “Service can really differentiate one vendor from another,” said […]

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Focus on Redemption: Games that Give A Little Earn a Lot

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Yes, there is the economy and yes, there are home console games, but does mom and dad fork out a prize every time their child wins a game? And people of all ages need a break from the economic woes delivered on the nightly news.  A few coins in a redemption machine out on the […]

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ILTA Facility Focus: Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC

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Brian McCall, owner of Planet Fun and Starz Sports Grille in Shallotte, N.C., was looking to create a 50,000-square-foot entertainment center that would bring much needed jobs and a whole lot of fun to his community. “We are extremely excited about the project and look forward to bringing this upscale family entertainment center to Shallotte.” […]

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At United States Roller Rinks, The Quad is Still King

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Roller skating is about as American as baseball and apple pie. And at dozens of roller skating rinks from San Francisco to Philadelphia, time seems to stand still as kids of all ages (tots to seniors) lace up their skates and roll down memory lane. Longtime skating rink owners and managers share their thoughts on […]

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A Skating Center Revolution:
Turning Roller Skating Attractions into Family Entertainment Centers

June 1, 2010 No Comments

On average, 381,000 guests visit family entertainment centers (FECs) a year, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), with the larger facilities hosting up to 622,000 guests annually. With all that traffic, it’s no wonder many roller skating center operators look to expand their businesses by transitioning from roller skating centers […]

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Sponsors

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Extreme Engineering

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

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.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Embed

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

American Changer

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Brunswick Bowling

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Laser Star

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Spectrum Sports

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Max Flight

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Poly Products

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Rio Syrup

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

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Penny Press

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Art Attack

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

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.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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.

Knight Equipment

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys