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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

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.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Laser Star

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

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.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Family Fun Corp.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

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.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Extreme Engineering

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

Art Attack

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

American Changer

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Store on Wheels

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Knight Equipment

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

Embed

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Rio Syrup

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

Max Flight

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

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