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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 […]

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September/October 2010

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September/October 2010

September 15, 2010 No Comments

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Safe and Sound: Keeping Inflatables Securely in Place

September 15, 2010 No Comments

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 […]

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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 […]

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A Taste of the Past

A Taste of the Past

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Food Programs Enjoy Growing Popularity at Living History Museums

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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 […]

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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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Sponsors

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Laser Star

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Max Flight

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Bulbtronics

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Tear Repair

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

American Changer

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Embed

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Poly Products

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

Store on Wheels

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

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.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Aquaventronics

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Soft Play

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Perfect Fry

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Rio Syrup

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Extreme Engineering

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Art Attack

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Penny Press

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

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