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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Perfect Fry

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Extreme Engineering

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Penny Press

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

Bulbtronics

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

Max Flight

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Soft Play

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Aquaventronics

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Rio Syrup

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Knight Equipment

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Poly Products

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Embed

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

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.

Laser Star

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Tear Repair

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

American Changer

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Art Attack

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys