Archive for October, 2010

Out-of-Home Leisure and Entertainment
Is Poised for a 7-Year Run: Are You Ready?

October 30, 2010 No Comments

January 1, 2011 could mark the start of a steady climb out of the United States economic recession.  Leading financial experts seem to agree that we have hit bottom and the curve is heading in a positive direction.  Well, let’s be more specific.  There will be sectors of the economy that will see the benefits […]

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Empex Playground Debuts in Beijing

Empex Playground Debuts in Beijing

October 30, 2010 No Comments

An Empex water playground has debuted in the state-of-the-art Beijing Happy Magic Watercube Indoor Waterpark. Designed by Forrec, the Beijing Watercube has made a fine transition from a former Olympic venue into an indoor waterpark for all seasons. The Empex water playground is an area within the waterpark that caters to children up to age 12, and complements the […]

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Waterpark Executives: <br/> Parks Aren’t Taking a Bath in the Current Economy

Waterpark Executives:
Parks Aren’t Taking a Bath in the Current Economy

October 30, 2010 No Comments

The 2010 season came to a close in September for many outdoor waterparks. As I look back over this year’s Waves articles, I have seen some interesting trends emerging. We continue to see that this industry, unlike many others, is somewhat recession resistant. Many entertainment facilities, including waterparks, have actually seen an increase in attendance […]

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A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Poly Products

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

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.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Perfect Fry

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Bulbtronics

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

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.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

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.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Extreme Engineering

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Rio Syrup

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Store on Wheels

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Embed

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Laser Star

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Max Flight

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Penny Press

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

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.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

American Changer

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Soft Play

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Tear Repair

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Art Attack

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

Aquaventronics

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Formula K Raceways

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Johnny Rockets
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