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Redefining the Family Vacation Experience  <br>The Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark

Redefining the Family Vacation Experience
The Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Nestled among the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, in the Lake George Area of New York, you can find the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park. While the region offers the perfect opportunity for couples, families and group road-trippers to experience everything from outdoor adventure to peaceful solitude, the lodge offers the ideal location […]


September/October 2010

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September/October 2010

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Features Waves 16    The Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark – Redefining the Family Vacation Experience The picturesque and pristine Adirondack Mountain region in upstate New York offers the perfect opportunity for couples and families to get away from daily stress. And in the Lake George area, vacationers will find the Six Flags Great Escape […]


Gaining Insights from the Season

September 15, 2010 No Comments

After a busy summer, fall can be an extremely productive time to reevaluate your operating procedures and analyze the season’s lessons, both successes and missteps. In this issue, we offer a wide range of articles to assist you in keeping your business on track and earning throughout the year. In the Waves section, we bring […]


How Two Large Parks are Dealing with Today’s Tough Times

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As the weather gets cooler and children return to school, the peak summer season is winding down for many theme parks and resorts.  That makes now a good time to look back and consider how some of the industry’s larger parks continue to deal with an economic downturn that seems to linger on like an […]


Safe and Sound: Keeping Inflatables Securely in Place

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In June of 2009, an Ohio boy made news when a gust of wind caught the poorly anchored inflatable slide in which he had been playing, sending the unit 40 feet into the air with the child clinging to it. While the incident ended on a happy note—quick-thinking adults stabbed and deflated the slide, and […]

Equal Access: <br>How the Nation’s Zoos and Aquariums Are Serving Guests with Disabilities

Equal Access:
How the Nation’s Zoos and Aquariums Are Serving Guests with Disabilities

September 15, 2010 No Comments

A trip to a zoo or aquarium should be an easy and fun experience for everyone, including those with disabilities.  Since the inception of the American with Disabilities Act in 1990, zoos and aquarium have been finding creative ways to ensure that all visitors enjoy the exhibits. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores […]

A Taste of the Past

A Taste of the Past

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Food Programs Enjoy Growing Popularity at Living History Museums


FECs Turn Up the Heat to Serve Patrons’ Favorite Foods

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Families, even knee deep in a recession, know that they get more bang for the buck by combining a weekly night out to eat with inexpensive out-of-home entertainment at a family entertainment center. As reliable as these venues have become, for groups as well as family outings, so must the food they serve be reliably […]


Driving Toward Profits: How to Choose the Right Vehicles for Your Vending Business

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How to Choose the Right Vehicles for Your Vending Business

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Penny Press

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

American Changer

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Perfect Fry

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

Max Flight

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Rio Syrup

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


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Laser Star

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Soft Play

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.


Fresh food and sandwich options.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Family Fun Corp.

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.


Evaporative snow systems.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tear Repair

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.


Laser maze challenge

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Poly Products

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


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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Extreme Engineering

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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


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.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Brunswick Bowling

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


Manufacturer of waterslides

Store on Wheels

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

Art Attack

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


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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Knight Equipment

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Spectrum Sports

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

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.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company


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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Extreme Engineering
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.