Archive for August, 2010

August 2010

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The Magic of High Technology 54    How Lighting and Sound Immerse Visitors to Zoo and Aquarium Exhibits – Installing the right lighting and sound to enhance visitors’ appreciation of the exhibits is a challenge for zoos and aquariums, as the effects must not upset or disturb the living creatures on display. Still, facilities around the […]

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Shining Light on Playing in the Dark

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Who would have thought your choices had such an impact?  Gear, layout, and theme:  these all affect your guests’ experiences.  As your primary focus, they often over shadow the ambience of your laser tag arena.  It is vital that your play area is the right environment to foster that great experience. Lighting, music, sound effects […]

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Skating Into Fun: Arcades Entertain While Offering a Break in the Action

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For kids of all ages, roller skating rinks are an experience. It’s mostly about skating with friends, of course. But heading to the snack bar to share pizza or popcorn and playing games with pals in the arcade rank up there with the good times. And roller skating rinks across the country have risen to […]

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Making Roller Skating Memories with Light and Sound

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It seems as though everyone has a roller skating story. When the topic comes up in conversation a frequent response is, “I used to go roller skating every Friday night when I was a kid,” or “My daughter just had a roller skating birthday party.” Whether Friday night skates as a child or birthday parties, […]

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How Miniature Golf and Go-Kart Centers Keep the Profit Machine Oiled

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A Spotlight on Safety and Maintenance Keeping staff and patrons safe takes priority when operating activity parks where people are playing miniature golf courses with water hazards, driving go karts or trying out a zip cord. Maintenance is key to ensuring everyone has a good time without incident, even if they’re only playing a video […]

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The Magic of High Technology: <br />How Lighting and Sound Immerse Visitors to Zoo and Aquarium Exhibits

The Magic of High Technology:
How Lighting and Sound Immerse Visitors to Zoo and Aquarium Exhibits

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Not so long ago, visiting zoos and aquariums was considered a spectator sport. Guests stepped up to the exhibits hoping that they would witness the animals doing something. Now, guests become part of the exhibit. Lighting and sound immerse visitors into the world of the animals that they see. At Zoo Miami, which celebrates its […]

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Making Magic of Dining: <br />The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Three Broomsticks Restaurant

Making Magic of Dining:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Three Broomsticks Restaurant

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Even a wizard like Harry Potter needs a good meal now and then.   The same holds true for the numerous Harry Potter fans that are descending on Orlando this summer following the grand opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With the Wizarding World reportedly being one of the industry’s most […]

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Arenas and Stadiums: <br />Why the Old Ball Game Is Serving Up New Menu Choices

Arenas and Stadiums:
Why the Old Ball Game Is Serving Up New Menu Choices

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You are decked out in the colors of your favorite sports team.  The roar of the crowd sends shivers of excitement down your spine.  As you cheer on your team, the aroma of popcorn fills the air and you sink your teeth into a delicious hot dog.  While your team may not always be dependable, […]

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Why For Street Operators, Photo Booths Are a Solid Option

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In recent years, rentals for events have generated the bulk of profits to be garnered from photo booths. However, a subtle shift is occurring, with interest in street locations picking up speed as operators seek alternatives to video games, redemption machines and the like. Photobooth Services in Redmond, Wash., now has photo booths in 40 […]

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Inside the Ever-Changing Business of Jukebox Vending

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When Joan Jett sang about putting another dime in the jukebox, it might as well have been the Stone Age. Jukeboxes have evolved at a rapid-fire pace within the last two decades to catch up with technological innovations, namely digital music and Internet connectivity. Today’s jukebox vendors, most of whom also distribute video games and […]

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Sponsors

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Formula K Raceways

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Spectrum Sports

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Bulbtronics

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Extreme Engineering

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Soft Play

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

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.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Rio Syrup

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Poly Products

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

Penny Press

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

Store on Wheels

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

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.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Max Flight

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Knight Equipment

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

Laser Star

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

Art Attack

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

American Changer

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Tear Repair

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Aquaventronics

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Embed

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys