Archive for 2010

Poised for an Upswing:
The Leisure and Entertainment Industry

October 30, 2010 No Comments

This issue’s Business Strategies feature, where you can read about the expected upswing in the leisure and entertainment, road and infrastructure and health care sectors of the economy, is the perfect accompaniment to the 2010 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The show has felt optimistic and positive for several years, and this year’s edition will likely fit […]

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Lazer Runner: Still a Hot Opportunity for FECs

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Lazer Runner’s Pay-Per-Play program was designed to make purchasing and paying for a Lazer Runner Laser Tag System as easy as possible. The program features no fixed monthly payments, no interest charged and paying the balance from the income that Lazer Runner generates. Locations can save a bundle on this best-selling laser tag system. Visit […]

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ILTA Facility Focus: The New “Legend” is Born

ILTA Facility Focus: The New “Legend” is Born

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Facility: Laser Legend Location: Live Oak, Texas Owner: Jason Overman It is not an everyday opportunity to be a part of a living legend, let alone create one.  Jason Overman, owner of Laser Legend, was looking to create an atmosphere like no other in the Lone Star State.  This recently opened 10,000-square-foot entertainment facility is […]

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Laser Tag Pricing and Promotion: <br/>Knowing the Score

Laser Tag Pricing and Promotion:
Knowing the Score

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Promoting your laser tag center to your community should keep you looking for new and exciting ways to do something different.  Adjusting your ticket pricing and specials allow for a fairly passive way to appeal to both new and current customers.  Using your Web site, in-store marketing, and your staff to communicate this information is […]

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Rinks as Gathering Places: <br/>How to Become a Community Partner

Rinks as Gathering Places:
How to Become a Community Partner

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Operating a roller skating rink can bring joy to a community, along with a steady revenue stream to the owner, if the approach taken is imaginative, unique and it follows a solid business plan.      “A lot of people say roller skating is dying,” said Jeannie Saya, owner of CalSkate in Rohnert Park, Calif. The 24,000-square-foot […]

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Why Floor Coverings Matter:<br/>Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Guests at Bowling Centers

Why Floor Coverings Matter:
Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Guests at Bowling Centers

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Bowling center owners and managers know that to attract customers, and keep them coming back, the bowling centers have to provide a fresh, clean and attractive facility, from the ceiling down to the floors, including the carpeting that covers those floors. As a partner of Wynnewood Lanes in Ardmore, Pa., since 1977, Tom Thomas understands […]

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BPAA Food and Beverage:
Money in Your Pocket

October 30, 2010 No Comments

It is no secret that over the last decade, the food and beverage portion of the bowling industry has truly become a profit center within individual bowling centers, contributing largely to the bottom line of some.  This is accomplished through several avenues: Day-to-day food and beverage operations; Birthday parties, corporate parties and special events; Catering, […]

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Tips to Earning More with Batting Cages

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Have batting cages in a visible location. If cages are visible, they get more use. Provide a variety of cages (softball, baseball) and a mix of pitch speeds. Place a token or change machine at the cage area, making it easy for customers to spend and play more. Develop relationships with coaches and managers of […]

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Batter Up: Mini-Golf and Go-Kart <br/>Facilities Score with Batting Cages

Batter Up: Mini-Golf and Go-Kart
Facilities Score with Batting Cages

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Mini-golf and go-kart facilities often feature batting cages to add an extra layer of fun for their guests, as well as a way to bring in more money to the facility.  Don Coleman, owner of Ride-A-Kart Family Amusement Park in Estes Park, Colo., said that the presence of batting cages at his center adds an […]

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Redemption Merchandise:
What’s Hot and What’s Not

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Everyone is always looking for the next “Super Hot” toy or trend. This is true of redemption merchandise as well as the volatile retail market. As most of us in the amusement industry understand, we follow the retail merchandise trends. We all try to stay on top of the latest licenses and we look to […]

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Sponsors

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Art Attack

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Extreme Engineering

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Knight Equipment

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tear Repair

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Perfect Fry

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Penny Press

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark 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.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Embed

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

Bulbtronics

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

Store on Wheels

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

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.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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.

Max Flight

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

Soft Play

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Rio Syrup

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Formula K Raceways

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Spectrum Sports

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

American Changer

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Laser Star

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Aquaventronics

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Poly Products

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Spectrum
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Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.