Archive for 2010

Personality “Pop” <br/>Finding, Hiring, Training and Keeping <br/>Friendly Employees with Personality

Personality “Pop”
Finding, Hiring, Training and Keeping
Friendly Employees with Personality

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Establishing a Foundation Before you Begin Without a well thought out plan for the building and development of your employee team, there is a good chance that you will be extremely frustrated, dissatisfied and even worse, settle below the bar with the number one asset and success determinant of your family entertainment or leisure business. […]

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New Attractions: A Look Ahead to 2011

October 30, 2010 No Comments

For the large park and resort segment of the amusement industry, 2010 was clearly the Year of Potter as Universal Orlando’s newest attraction overcame some curious design decisions to still become the year’s undisputed runaway hit.  For the coming year, the big question for Universal and its large park competitors is whether the big gains […]

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Out-of-Home Leisure and Entertainment
Is Poised for a 7-Year Run: Are You Ready?

October 30, 2010 No Comments

January 1, 2011 could mark the start of a steady climb out of the United States economic recession.  Leading financial experts seem to agree that we have hit bottom and the curve is heading in a positive direction.  Well, let’s be more specific.  There will be sectors of the economy that will see the benefits […]

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Empex Playground Debuts in Beijing

Empex Playground Debuts in Beijing

October 30, 2010 No Comments

An Empex water playground has debuted in the state-of-the-art Beijing Happy Magic Watercube Indoor Waterpark. Designed by Forrec, the Beijing Watercube has made a fine transition from a former Olympic venue into an indoor waterpark for all seasons. The Empex water playground is an area within the waterpark that caters to children up to age 12, and complements the […]

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Waterpark Executives: <br/> Parks Aren’t Taking a Bath in the Current Economy

Waterpark Executives:
Parks Aren’t Taking a Bath in the Current Economy

October 30, 2010 No Comments

The 2010 season came to a close in September for many outdoor waterparks. As I look back over this year’s Waves articles, I have seen some interesting trends emerging. We continue to see that this industry, unlike many others, is somewhat recession resistant. Many entertainment facilities, including waterparks, have actually seen an increase in attendance […]

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Keeping the Fun Accident Free

Keeping the Fun Accident Free

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Usually, the two most popular activities at a family fun center are miniature golf and go-karts.  And, amazingly enough, most insurance claims stem from these two activities.  So, how can you work to keep your facility safe while keeping the experience for your guests enjoyable? Having owned a family fun center with both of these […]

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Rejuvenate Your Business and Give it Something to Market

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Competition for the leisure dollar is at its highest level these days and this scenario does not look like it will ever go away.  The public is always looking for something new and exciting and the amusement entertainment industry should always be on their radar screen.  You do not have to go to the lengths […]

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General Manager Announced for Legoland® Florida

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Legoland® Florida, scheduled for a fall 2011 opening, recently announced the appointment of Adrian Jones to the general manager’s position. During the construction phase,  Jones will work closely with John Ussher, Merlin Entertainments’ general manager of Development for Legoland.

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Dutch Wonderland Announces Promotion

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pa., has announced the promotion of Stephanie Good to manager, Ride Operations. Good began her career with Wonderland Amusement Management, LLC, as a ride operator in 2000.

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Waves for Success to Offer Workshop at IAAPA

September 15, 2010 No Comments

If you want to hire the best teenagers and young adults, train them well and motivate them to provide the quality service you demand, then join Waves for Success as they offer a full-day workshop at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. Visit the company’s booth at the show, and its Web site, for more information. (For […]

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Sponsors

Cost of Wisconson

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

American Changer

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Embed

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

Art Attack

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Penny Press

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Knight Equipment

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tear Repair

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Perfect Fry

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Poly Products

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Max Flight

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Aquaventronics

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Bulbtronics

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Store on Wheels

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Spectrum Sports

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

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.

Laser Star

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Extreme Engineering

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Soft Play

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Formula K Raceways

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

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.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Johnny Rockets
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