Archive for October, 2010

Haunting Down Under: <br/>An American Perspective

Haunting Down Under:
An American Perspective

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Halloween is an American holiday celebrated with trick or treating, costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns, Halloween parties, and of course month-long October haunted houses, corn mazes and more. Other countries, including Australia, know of this holiday, but don’t actively celebrate it the way Americans do. Australians, however, have a passion for horror movies and therefore enjoy scary […]

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November 2010

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Recession-Proof Fun: Mazes from Amazin’ Mazes

Recession-Proof Fun: Mazes from Amazin’ Mazes

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Amazin’ Mazes is finding that the business of building and operating giant human mazes can be recession proof. “People just can’t tell their kids ‘No,’ especially when it’s good exercise and you get to do it with them,” said Greg Gallavan, who owns the Fraser, Colo.,-based company.  Business has never been better for this maze […]

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Bringing on the Fun With Food:
How Inflatable Party Companies Are Enhancing the Equipment Rental Mix

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For many companies, renting concession machines as an adjunct to inflatables can definitely “blow up” the bottom line. However, maximizing the potential for profits entails more than bringing in equipment and adding it to the menu of services. Just ask Robert Grafton, owner of Jolly Jumpers in Williamstown, N.J. When Grafton first started offering concession […]

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Kansas City Zoo Polar Bear Passage:<br/>A World-Class Attraction

Kansas City Zoo Polar Bear Passage:
A World-Class Attraction

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Late last summer, the Kansas City Zoo opened its newest exhibit, Polar Bear Passage, to a host of anxious zoo patrons.  Nakita, a 3 -year-old, 750-pound polar bear, made the exhibit his new home.  The bear has quickly become a star attraction at the over 100-year-old zoo. The exhibit was designed by international zoo design/architectural […]

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Tips for Successful Evening Events

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Smithsonian National Zoo: “Lighting is probably one of the biggest challenges. While it’s important to set the right mood, it’s even more important that your guests feel comfortable and safe.” – Dan Pierron “It’s important to think ahead so guests aren’t disappointed when they come across a quiet enclosure. The reality is that many animals […]

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Where the Wild Things Are: <br/> Nighttime Activities at Zoos

Where the Wild Things Are:
Nighttime Activities at Zoos

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Anyone who has visited a zoo has a feeling. It’s the one where after you leave an exhibit or the park itself, you know you’re just about to miss something really cool. And once the lights are out and the gates are closed that’s when the zoo really comes alive. Zoologists will tell you the […]

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Locations Can Cash in with Caramel Corn Thanks to Gold Medal

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Making 78 percent or more profits just got easier. The #2626 Karamel Baby, from Gold Medal Products Co., makes it simple for anybody to profit from caramel corn sales. This sweet treat creates a sense of nostalgia and brings back fond memories. It taps directly into the current trend of families spending money on comfort […]

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For Food Service Design, Galvin Design Group Is a Leader

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At Galvin Design Group, with every project, the company’s design goal is to make an environment that will deliver an incredible experience for our client’s customers. Galvin Design Group respects the methods and art of cooking. The company’s Orlando, Fla., headquarters puts it in the heart of the family entertainment business. From initial concept to […]

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The Mindful Plate:<br/> A Look at Best Culinary Safety Practices at Museums

The Mindful Plate:
A Look at Best Culinary Safety Practices at Museums

October 30, 2010 No Comments

While a few museums in the United States operate their own restaurants and catering services, most outsource the job to professionals who take on the responsibility of creating, managing, displaying, distributing and removing food and beverages for special events. For those catering companies who do operate in museums like this one, working offsite can be […]

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Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

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.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Store on Wheels

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Knight Equipment

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Max Flight

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Spectrum Sports

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Bulbtronics

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Laser Star

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Rio Syrup

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Soft Play

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Family Fun Corp.

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

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.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Aquaventronics

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

Perfect Fry

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

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.

Tear Repair

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Poly Products

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Penny Press

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Art Attack

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

American Changer

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Embed

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

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