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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Laser Star

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Penny Press

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

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.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Extreme Engineering

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Formula K Raceways

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Aquaventronics

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

Embed

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Max Flight

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Soft Play

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

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.

Art Attack

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tear Repair

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Rio Syrup

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Knight Equipment

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Perfect Fry

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Bulbtronics

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

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.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Store on Wheels

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

California Portable Dance Floor Company

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Poly Products

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

American Changer

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Spectrum Sports

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Stoelting
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