Archive for 2010

CoCo Key: A Waterpark Resort Fills a Gap in the Orlando Market

June 1, 2010 No Comments

With Orlando already serving as the epicenter for the American theme park industry, you might think it wouldn’t make sense for a company to target the city as the home of a new amusement concept—especially in these continued tough economic times.  However, if you’re Colorado-based Sage Hospitality then just the opposite is true. Indeed, rather […]

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June 2010

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The Large Park Report 18    CoCo Key: A Waterpark Resort Fills a Gap in the Orlando Market – The fiercely competitive Orlando, Fla., entertainment market might seem an unlikely place to launch a waterpark-hotel hybrid, but Colorado-based Sage Hospitality has done just that, and is finding the venture to be highly successful. Business Strategies 22   […]

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TAP Covers the Many Communities of the Fun Marketplace

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Well-planned, maintained and executed family entertainment centers are top choices for budget-conscious families. And as the industry never stands still, we offer valuable operating tips and industry trends articles in our Family Entertainment Center Report. In this issue we examine a wide spectrum of issues of interest to center owners and managers. At bowling centers, […]

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Training and Retaining for Best Performance

April 28, 2010 No Comments

Zoos and aquariums face the same challenges as corporations when it comes to hiring and retaining employees. No matter what the economic conditions, the right personnel have to be in place to ensure customer safety and guest satisfaction. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, Calif., is owned by the City of Los Angeles, which […]

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The Role of Entertainment in Cultural Institutions

The Role of Entertainment in Cultural Institutions

April 28, 2010 No Comments

The marriage of entertainment and education has been given the general term “Edutainment” – but has had to fight to prove its value in a sector that is incredibly reticent to embrace anything that they see as dumbing down or trivializing the process of learning. In out-of-home, the international “Edutainment” sector covers one of the […]

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How Six Flags is Using the Online World to Tap Real-Time Revenue Streams

How Six Flags is Using the Online World to Tap Real-Time Revenue Streams

April 28, 2010 No Comments

 During last November’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Las Vegas, I enjoyed several interesting conversations with large park operators on the topic of discretionary spending at amusement facilities. The gist of those conversations was simple and straightforward: in tough economic times like these, how do you convince guests to spend more money once they’ve entered […]

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Safe Havens

Safe Havens

April 28, 2010 No Comments

There is nothing much more fun to a kid than running, climbing, jumping or playing sports, except perhaps doing all of those things in one place. That is why family entertainment centers (FECs) have been so successful through the years. Parents seek out places where their children can run wild and let loose, while being […]

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Our Annual Buyer’s Guide Issue

February 5, 2010 No Comments

This issue we bring you the 2010 edition of our Who’s Who Buyers’ Guide. As you strive to make your many business plans realities for your guests and employees, the guide can assist you in finding the perfect goods and services to move your company ahead of the competition. Sticking with goals, listening to and […]

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2010 Is Off to a Great Start

2010 Is Off to a Great Start

February 1, 2010 No Comments

The economy is slowly waking up from the long nap it took in 2009. People are still cautious, but are actively thinking about changing the way they do business and doing their homework, going to shows, attending seminars, and using Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine to gain more information. Knowledge is power in today’s highly […]

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Sponsors

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

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.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Soft Play

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Formula K Raceways

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Aquaventronics

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

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.

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.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Store on Wheels

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tear Repair

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Poly Products

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Penny Press

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Embed

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Art Attack

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Perfect Fry

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

Bulbtronics

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

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.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Extreme Engineering

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

American Changer

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Knight Equipment

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Laser Star

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Max Flight

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Johnny Rockets
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