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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Laser Star

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

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.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Store on Wheels

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Max Flight

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Soft Play

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

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.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Perfect Fry

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Formula K Raceways

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

American Changer

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Spectrum Sports

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Aquaventronics

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Bulbtronics

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Art Attack

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Tear Repair

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

Penny Press

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Poly Products

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

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Empex Water Toys