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

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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Funovation
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