Archive for 2010

Making Roller Skating Memories with Light and Sound

August 1, 2010 No Comments

It seems as though everyone has a roller skating story. When the topic comes up in conversation a frequent response is, “I used to go roller skating every Friday night when I was a kid,” or “My daughter just had a roller skating birthday party.” Whether Friday night skates as a child or birthday parties, […]

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How Miniature Golf and Go-Kart Centers Keep the Profit Machine Oiled

August 1, 2010 No Comments

A Spotlight on Safety and Maintenance Keeping staff and patrons safe takes priority when operating activity parks where people are playing miniature golf courses with water hazards, driving go karts or trying out a zip cord. Maintenance is key to ensuring everyone has a good time without incident, even if they’re only playing a video […]

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The Magic of High Technology: <br>How Lighting and Sound Immerse Visitors to Zoo and Aquarium Exhibits

The Magic of High Technology:
How Lighting and Sound Immerse Visitors to Zoo and Aquarium Exhibits

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Not so long ago, visiting zoos and aquariums was considered a spectator sport. Guests stepped up to the exhibits hoping that they would witness the animals doing something. Now, guests become part of the exhibit. Lighting and sound immerse visitors into the world of the animals that they see. At Zoo Miami, which celebrates its […]

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Making Magic of Dining: <br>The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Three Broomsticks Restaurant

Making Magic of Dining:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Three Broomsticks Restaurant

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Even a wizard like Harry Potter needs a good meal now and then.   The same holds true for the numerous Harry Potter fans that are descending on Orlando this summer following the grand opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With the Wizarding World reportedly being one of the industry’s most […]

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Arenas and Stadiums: <br>Why the Old Ball Game Is Serving Up New Menu Choices

Arenas and Stadiums:
Why the Old Ball Game Is Serving Up New Menu Choices

August 1, 2010 No Comments

You are decked out in the colors of your favorite sports team.  The roar of the crowd sends shivers of excitement down your spine.  As you cheer on your team, the aroma of popcorn fills the air and you sink your teeth into a delicious hot dog.  While your team may not always be dependable, […]

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Why For Street Operators, Photo Booths Are a Solid Option

August 1, 2010 No Comments

In recent years, rentals for events have generated the bulk of profits to be garnered from photo booths. However, a subtle shift is occurring, with interest in street locations picking up speed as operators seek alternatives to video games, redemption machines and the like. Photobooth Services in Redmond, Wash., now has photo booths in 40 […]

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Inside the Ever-Changing Business of Jukebox Vending

August 1, 2010 No Comments

When Joan Jett sang about putting another dime in the jukebox, it might as well have been the Stone Age. Jukeboxes have evolved at a rapid-fire pace within the last two decades to catch up with technological innovations, namely digital music and Internet connectivity. Today’s jukebox vendors, most of whom also distribute video games and […]

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Feiloli Debuts Asian Version of Cotton Candy Factory at GTI Expo

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Feiloli Electronic Company of Taiwan, co-maker of the Cotton Candy Factory with United States-based VendEver, debuted the Asian version of their popular machine at the GTI Expo in Taipei, to large crowds of attendees. The machine was launched first in the United States at Amusement Expo in March. (For more information, circle 248 on card.)

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Bandai Namco Invests in New Division

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Bandai Namco has announced the formation of a new international Prize Merchandise division, which will be based in London. Alan Smith, who has extensive experience working across the toy, licensing and leisure sectors, is heading up the division. (For more information, circle 250 on card.)

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Street Beat Shop Talk

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Tony Shamma, vice president of sales for American Vending Sales in Elk Grove, Ill., has learned some valuable lessons from TouchTunes, a digital jukebox manufacturer, when it comes to attracting and keeping business. He spoke exclusively with Tourist Attractions and Parks. Tourist Attractions & Parks: What’s the most popular request from clients when it comes […]

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Sponsors

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

American Changer

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

Knight Equipment

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking 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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Max Flight

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

Art Attack

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Embed

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Poly Products

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

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.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Rio Syrup

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Cost of Wisconson

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Spectrum Sports

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Store on Wheels

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Penny Press

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Laser Star

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAI
American Conference