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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Sureshot Redemption

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Bulbtronics

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Formula K Raceways

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

American Changer

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Art Attack

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Extreme Engineering

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Perfect Fry

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Soft Play

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

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.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Embed

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

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.

Penny Press

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Rio Syrup

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Knight Equipment

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Poly Products

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

Tear Repair

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Max Flight

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

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.

Aquaventronics

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Laser Star

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys