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

June 1, 2010 No Comments

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Knight Equipment

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

American Changer

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Family Fun Corp.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Store on Wheels

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

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.

Aquaventronics

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Poly Products

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Embed

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Max Flight

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Formula K Raceways

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Laser Star

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Bulbtronics

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

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.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Extreme Engineering

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

Spectrum Sports

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Rio Syrup

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Soft Play

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Art Attack

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Tear Repair

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

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