Archive for 2010

Focus on Redemption: Games that Give A Little Earn a Lot

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Yes, there is the economy and yes, there are home console games, but does mom and dad fork out a prize every time their child wins a game? And people of all ages need a break from the economic woes delivered on the nightly news.  A few coins in a redemption machine out on the […]

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ILTA Facility Focus: Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Brian McCall, owner of Planet Fun and Starz Sports Grille in Shallotte, N.C., was looking to create a 50,000-square-foot entertainment center that would bring much needed jobs and a whole lot of fun to his community. “We are extremely excited about the project and look forward to bringing this upscale family entertainment center to Shallotte.” […]

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At United States Roller Rinks, The Quad is Still King

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Roller skating is about as American as baseball and apple pie. And at dozens of roller skating rinks from San Francisco to Philadelphia, time seems to stand still as kids of all ages (tots to seniors) lace up their skates and roll down memory lane. Longtime skating rink owners and managers share their thoughts on […]

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A Skating Center Revolution:
Turning Roller Skating Attractions into Family Entertainment Centers

June 1, 2010 No Comments

On average, 381,000 guests visit family entertainment centers (FECs) a year, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), with the larger facilities hosting up to 622,000 guests annually. With all that traffic, it’s no wonder many roller skating center operators look to expand their businesses by transitioning from roller skating centers […]

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Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The phrase “go green” is quite popular in many family entertainment circles and the go-kart circuit is no exception. Add to that the words “go cost-effectively” and “go fast” and you’re describing the options up for consideration when deciding whether to run gas- or electric-powered go-karts. Blog postings on entertainment industry topics reveal mixed reviews […]

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Bowling-Compatible Attractions:
Bowling, Golf and Bankshot Basketball

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Name the three ball-playing sports with the following attributes. • Participants play alongside one another, not against one another. • There is no offense or defense. • Your opponents can show up tomorrow. Why are these important?  Why are there so few? What are they? Read the title. In bowling, golf and Bankshot basketball, you […]

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Generating New Business: Bowling and Local Sports Teams are a Solid Match

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Bowling and Local Sports Teams are a Solid MatchWhen it comes to attracting local sports teams for banquets and parties, bowling centers strike out in many different directions. “There is very little we have done that hasn’t been at least somewhat effective in bringing athletic teams here, whether we’re talking about the youth or adult […]

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Bowling: The Future of Family Entertainment <br />An Anchor Attraction That Can Increase Your Market Share

Bowling: The Future of Family Entertainment
An Anchor Attraction That Can Increase Your Market Share

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Bowling centers have been in the business of family entertainment for decades.  However, a recent shift in the amenities offered in many bowling centers has the bowling industry buzzing.  Traditional bowling centers that were comprised of some number of bowling lanes, a pro shop, snack bar, and maybe a small arcade are being transformed into […]

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The Lost Island: Iowa’s Largest Waterpark Oasis Celebrates 10 Years

The Lost Island: Iowa’s Largest Waterpark Oasis Celebrates 10 Years

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Iowa is famous for being the most productive corn-producing land in the United States. It is not surprising that you could drive for miles and see nothing but cornfields punctuated with a scattering of gently rolling hills. What you may not expect to find in the middle of this agricultural landscape is an island oasis, […]

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2009 Theme Index Shows Industry is Holding Its Own: Bowl Expo Takes Center Stage

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The just-released AECOM/TEA 2009 Theme Index shows the rankings and attendance increases/decreases for the Top 25 Theme Parks (in the world, and separately for the United States) and for the Top 20 Waterparks (in the world, and separately for the United States.)  The results are quite interesting to evaluate when tracked alongside the world and […]

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Sponsors

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Soft Play

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Art Attack

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tear Repair

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Poly Products

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Max Flight

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

American Changer

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

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.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Knight Equipment

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Embed

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Laser Star

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Formula K Raceways

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

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.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

Perfect Fry

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Bulbtronics

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

Aquaventronics

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Spectrum Sports

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Penny Press

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Rio Syrup

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Johnny Rockets
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Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys