Archive for June, 2010

Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

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The phrase “go green” is quite popular in many family entertainment circles and the go-kart circuit is no exception. Add to that the words “go cost-effectively” and “go fast” and you’re describing the options up for consideration when deciding whether to run gas- or electric-powered go-karts. Blog postings on entertainment industry topics reveal mixed reviews […]

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Bowling-Compatible Attractions:
Bowling, Golf and Bankshot Basketball

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Name the three ball-playing sports with the following attributes. • Participants play alongside one another, not against one another. • There is no offense or defense. • Your opponents can show up tomorrow. Why are these important?  Why are there so few? What are they? Read the title. In bowling, golf and Bankshot basketball, you […]

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Generating New Business: Bowling and Local Sports Teams are a Solid Match

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Bowling and Local Sports Teams are a Solid MatchWhen it comes to attracting local sports teams for banquets and parties, bowling centers strike out in many different directions. “There is very little we have done that hasn’t been at least somewhat effective in bringing athletic teams here, whether we’re talking about the youth or adult […]

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Bowling: The Future of Family Entertainment <br />An Anchor Attraction That Can Increase Your Market Share

Bowling: The Future of Family Entertainment
An Anchor Attraction That Can Increase Your Market Share

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Bowling centers have been in the business of family entertainment for decades.  However, a recent shift in the amenities offered in many bowling centers has the bowling industry buzzing.  Traditional bowling centers that were comprised of some number of bowling lanes, a pro shop, snack bar, and maybe a small arcade are being transformed into […]

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The Lost Island: Iowa’s Largest Waterpark Oasis Celebrates 10 Years

The Lost Island: Iowa’s Largest Waterpark Oasis Celebrates 10 Years

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Iowa is famous for being the most productive corn-producing land in the United States. It is not surprising that you could drive for miles and see nothing but cornfields punctuated with a scattering of gently rolling hills. What you may not expect to find in the middle of this agricultural landscape is an island oasis, […]

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2009 Theme Index Shows Industry is Holding Its Own: Bowl Expo Takes Center Stage

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The just-released AECOM/TEA 2009 Theme Index shows the rankings and attendance increases/decreases for the Top 25 Theme Parks (in the world, and separately for the United States) and for the Top 20 Waterparks (in the world, and separately for the United States.)  The results are quite interesting to evaluate when tracked alongside the world and […]

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CoCo Key: A Waterpark Resort Fills a Gap in the Orlando Market

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With Orlando already serving as the epicenter for the American theme park industry, you might think it wouldn’t make sense for a company to target the city as the home of a new amusement concept—especially in these continued tough economic times.  However, if you’re Colorado-based Sage Hospitality then just the opposite is true. Indeed, rather […]

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June 2010

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The Large Park Report 18    CoCo Key: A Waterpark Resort Fills a Gap in the Orlando Market – The fiercely competitive Orlando, Fla., entertainment market might seem an unlikely place to launch a waterpark-hotel hybrid, but Colorado-based Sage Hospitality has done just that, and is finding the venture to be highly successful. Business Strategies 22   […]

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TAP Covers the Many Communities of the Fun Marketplace

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Well-planned, maintained and executed family entertainment centers are top choices for budget-conscious families. And as the industry never stands still, we offer valuable operating tips and industry trends articles in our Family Entertainment Center Report. In this issue we examine a wide spectrum of issues of interest to center owners and managers. At bowling centers, […]

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Sponsors

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

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.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Max Flight

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Bulbtronics

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Store on Wheels

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

American Changer

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Soft Play

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Family Fun Corp.

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

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.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Laser Star

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Tear Repair

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Embed

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Knight Equipment

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Aquaventronics

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Perfect Fry

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Penny Press

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Poly Products

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Art Attack

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

Extreme Engineering

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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