Archive for September, 2010

Keeping the Fun Accident Free

Keeping the Fun Accident Free

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Usually, the two most popular activities at a family fun center are miniature golf and go-karts.  And, amazingly enough, most insurance claims stem from these two activities.  So, how can you work to keep your facility safe while keeping the experience for your guests enjoyable? Having owned a family fun center with both of these […]

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Rejuvenate Your Business and Give it Something to Market

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Competition for the leisure dollar is at its highest level these days and this scenario does not look like it will ever go away.  The public is always looking for something new and exciting and the amusement entertainment industry should always be on their radar screen.  You do not have to go to the lengths […]

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General Manager Announced for Legoland® Florida

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Legoland® Florida, scheduled for a fall 2011 opening, recently announced the appointment of Adrian Jones to the general manager’s position. During the construction phase,  Jones will work closely with John Ussher, Merlin Entertainments’ general manager of Development for Legoland.

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Dutch Wonderland Announces Promotion

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pa., has announced the promotion of Stephanie Good to manager, Ride Operations. Good began her career with Wonderland Amusement Management, LLC, as a ride operator in 2000.

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Waves for Success to Offer Workshop at IAAPA

September 15, 2010 No Comments

If you want to hire the best teenagers and young adults, train them well and motivate them to provide the quality service you demand, then join Waves for Success as they offer a full-day workshop at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. Visit the company’s booth at the show, and its Web site, for more information. (For […]

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Redefining the Family Vacation Experience  <br />The Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark

Redefining the Family Vacation Experience
The Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Nestled among the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, in the Lake George Area of New York, you can find the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park. While the region offers the perfect opportunity for couples, families and group road-trippers to experience everything from outdoor adventure to peaceful solitude, the lodge offers the ideal location […]

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September/October 2010

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September/October 2010

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Features Waves 16    The Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark – Redefining the Family Vacation Experience The picturesque and pristine Adirondack Mountain region in upstate New York offers the perfect opportunity for couples and families to get away from daily stress. And in the Lake George area, vacationers will find the Six Flags Great Escape […]

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Gaining Insights from the Season

September 15, 2010 No Comments

After a busy summer, fall can be an extremely productive time to reevaluate your operating procedures and analyze the season’s lessons, both successes and missteps. In this issue, we offer a wide range of articles to assist you in keeping your business on track and earning throughout the year. In the Waves section, we bring […]

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How Two Large Parks are Dealing with Today’s Tough Times

September 15, 2010 No Comments

As the weather gets cooler and children return to school, the peak summer season is winding down for many theme parks and resorts.  That makes now a good time to look back and consider how some of the industry’s larger parks continue to deal with an economic downturn that seems to linger on like an […]

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Sponsors

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Max Flight

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Knight Equipment

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

American Changer

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

Tear Repair

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Embed

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Formula K Raceways

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Penny Press

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

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.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Art Attack

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Extreme Engineering

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Rio Syrup

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Aquaventronics

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Spectrum Sports

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

Bulbtronics

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Store on Wheels

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Perfect Fry

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Laser Star

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

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.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Soft Play

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

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