Archive for October, 2010

ILTA Facility Focus: The New “Legend” is Born

ILTA Facility Focus: The New “Legend” is Born

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Facility: Laser Legend Location: Live Oak, Texas Owner: Jason Overman It is not an everyday opportunity to be a part of a living legend, let alone create one.  Jason Overman, owner of Laser Legend, was looking to create an atmosphere like no other in the Lone Star State.  This recently opened 10,000-square-foot entertainment facility is […]

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Laser Tag Pricing and Promotion: <br/>Knowing the Score

Laser Tag Pricing and Promotion:
Knowing the Score

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Promoting your laser tag center to your community should keep you looking for new and exciting ways to do something different.  Adjusting your ticket pricing and specials allow for a fairly passive way to appeal to both new and current customers.  Using your Web site, in-store marketing, and your staff to communicate this information is […]

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Rinks as Gathering Places: <br/>How to Become a Community Partner

Rinks as Gathering Places:
How to Become a Community Partner

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Operating a roller skating rink can bring joy to a community, along with a steady revenue stream to the owner, if the approach taken is imaginative, unique and it follows a solid business plan.      “A lot of people say roller skating is dying,” said Jeannie Saya, owner of CalSkate in Rohnert Park, Calif. The 24,000-square-foot […]

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Why Floor Coverings Matter:<br/>Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Guests at Bowling Centers

Why Floor Coverings Matter:
Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Guests at Bowling Centers

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Bowling center owners and managers know that to attract customers, and keep them coming back, the bowling centers have to provide a fresh, clean and attractive facility, from the ceiling down to the floors, including the carpeting that covers those floors. As a partner of Wynnewood Lanes in Ardmore, Pa., since 1977, Tom Thomas understands […]

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BPAA Food and Beverage:
Money in Your Pocket

October 30, 2010 No Comments

It is no secret that over the last decade, the food and beverage portion of the bowling industry has truly become a profit center within individual bowling centers, contributing largely to the bottom line of some.  This is accomplished through several avenues: Day-to-day food and beverage operations; Birthday parties, corporate parties and special events; Catering, […]

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Tips to Earning More with Batting Cages

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Have batting cages in a visible location. If cages are visible, they get more use. Provide a variety of cages (softball, baseball) and a mix of pitch speeds. Place a token or change machine at the cage area, making it easy for customers to spend and play more. Develop relationships with coaches and managers of […]

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Batter Up: Mini-Golf and Go-Kart <br/>Facilities Score with Batting Cages

Batter Up: Mini-Golf and Go-Kart
Facilities Score with Batting Cages

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Mini-golf and go-kart facilities often feature batting cages to add an extra layer of fun for their guests, as well as a way to bring in more money to the facility.  Don Coleman, owner of Ride-A-Kart Family Amusement Park in Estes Park, Colo., said that the presence of batting cages at his center adds an […]

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Redemption Merchandise:
What’s Hot and What’s Not

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Everyone is always looking for the next “Super Hot” toy or trend. This is true of redemption merchandise as well as the volatile retail market. As most of us in the amusement industry understand, we follow the retail merchandise trends. We all try to stay on top of the latest licenses and we look to […]

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Personality “Pop” <br/>Finding, Hiring, Training and Keeping <br/>Friendly Employees with Personality

Personality “Pop”
Finding, Hiring, Training and Keeping
Friendly Employees with Personality

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Establishing a Foundation Before you Begin Without a well thought out plan for the building and development of your employee team, there is a good chance that you will be extremely frustrated, dissatisfied and even worse, settle below the bar with the number one asset and success determinant of your family entertainment or leisure business. […]

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New Attractions: A Look Ahead to 2011

October 30, 2010 No Comments

For the large park and resort segment of the amusement industry, 2010 was clearly the Year of Potter as Universal Orlando’s newest attraction overcame some curious design decisions to still become the year’s undisputed runaway hit.  For the coming year, the big question for Universal and its large park competitors is whether the big gains […]

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Sponsors

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Max Flight

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Art Attack

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

Knight Equipment

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Penny Press

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Extreme Engineering

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

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.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Spectrum Sports

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Cost of Wisconson

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Embed

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Store on Wheels

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

American Changer

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

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.

Poly Products

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Laser Star

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Rio Syrup

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

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