Archive for 2010

The Haunt Trifecta: Sound, Lighting and Special Effects

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Well, our season is just around the corner. Some of us may even be starting the build out for what promises to be a great year. So what will set us apart from not only our competition, but even our last year’s haunt? The currents trends seem to focus on a new Haunt Trifecta; sound, […]

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Selling the Perfect Party: <br />Trends and Tips from the Amusement Rental Business

Selling the Perfect Party:
Trends and Tips from the Amusement Rental Business

August 1, 2010 No Comments

People of all ages like to join in the fun at parties, and companies in the amusement and inflatable rental business are able to meet the demand through an ever-expanding selection of products on the market. Inflatable bounce houses, which started the industry with moonwalks and other space-age themed attractions, remain a popular choice, said […]

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For Amusement Parks, A Visible Security Presence

For Amusement Parks, A Visible Security Presence

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Once guests enter the gates of an amusement park, they expect to enter a world of fantasy and fun.  Far from their minds should be worries about security or safety.  Security officers at amusement parks walk a fine line. They need to show guests that they are there ready to help without interfering with the […]

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LAI Games Teams Up with Imaging Spectrum to Bring Low-cost Photo Booth Paper to Operators

August 1, 2010 No Comments

LAI Games, a leading manufacturer of coin-operated games and photo booths, has teamed up with the digital imaging experts at Imaging Spectrum, Inc. to offer low-cost paper to the operators of their line of photo booths. The low price per print results in higher profits for operators through decreased operating costs. (For more information, circle […]

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Special Programming: <br />Success Stories from the Nation’s Museums

Special Programming:
Success Stories from the Nation’s Museums

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Though the definition of a successful special program might differ from museum to museum, the consensus among museum professionals is offering such programming is a win-win. Members have another reason to visit and experience the museum. And the museum can reach new audiences and attract new members. Free Market Response It is no surprise that […]

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Insuring Success: Even in States Without Requirements, Rental Businesses Bank on Insurance

Insuring Success: Even in States Without Requirements, Rental Businesses Bank on Insurance

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The proper insurance can be as much of a selling point for companies that rent inflatables and party equipment as the brightly colored bouncers and fine china they cart to events. That’s what Robert De Los Santos discovered after he started Sky High Party Rentals in Houston, Texas, from his parents’ backyard shortly before his […]

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June 2010

June 1, 2010 No Comments

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Ovens and Fryers: Best Food Equipment Practices at Family Entertainment Centers

June 1, 2010 No Comments

A little foresight goes a long way in buying and maintaining ovens and fryers to serve up scrumptious food for the lively guests of the family entertainment center environment. According to Joe Guido, catering manager for Calypso’s Cove, Old Forge, N.Y., “It definitely helps to know what you’re going to use the equipment for and […]

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The Critical Role of Concession Signage at Zoos and Aquariums

The Critical Role of Concession Signage at Zoos and Aquariums

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Seeing the animals may be the first priority of a visitor at a zoo or aquarium, but the second priority is always food.  Food managers and directors use creative signage to show off their menus and bring visitors to the snack stands, restaurants and cafes.  At the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Café Scuba welcomes […]

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Customer Service Report: Keeping Coin-Op Route Locations Happy and Earning

June 1, 2010 No Comments

When you are the owner of a company, you know that client satisfaction holds the key to success. Owners and managers of vending machine companies all agree that when it comes to keeping your route locations satisfied, it is a matter of service and appearance.   “Service can really differentiate one vendor from another,” said […]

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Sponsors

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Aquaventronics

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Max Flight

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Art Attack

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Penny Press

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tear Repair

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

American Changer

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

Laser Star

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Store on Wheels

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

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.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

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.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Bulbtronics

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

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.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Spectrum Sports

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Extreme Engineering

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

Knight Equipment

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

Poly Products

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

Perfect Fry

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Embed

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Soft Play

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

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