Archive for 2011

Employee Impressions

December 20, 2011 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel What can you expect from employees? How much of a difference can their actions make? What impressions will guests take away from a day at your facility? What Kind of Impressions? My wife, Susan, and I were in Santa Monica, California recently. We stopped for lunch at a popular, build your […]

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Business Strategies: Catering to Children at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

December 19, 2011 No Comments

December 19, 2011 When it comes to catering to children at leisure entertainment facilities, being a bit different goes a long way, whether in terms of the menu, projects or programming. On the foodservice front, novelty appears to be a big selling point. Last summer, Albuquerque, N.M.-based Albuquerque Biological Park, which encompasses the Rio Grande […]

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Business Strategies: Innovations in Coin-Op Games for Leisure Entertainment Facilities

December 7, 2011 No Comments

December 6, 2011 Offering the latest options ranks among the best ways for leisure entertainment facilities to win big with coin-operated games. Vendors continue to innovate in this area, so there is no shortage of new possibilities from which to choose. For some vendors, innovation comes in the form of games with next-generation interactive features […]

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Business Strategies: Best Staff Morale-Building Tips for Leisure Entertainment Facilities

November 22, 2011 No Comments

November 21, 2011 It has long been said that if the mother in a family isn’t happy, the children aren’t happy. A modified version of this adage, substituting the word “employees” for the former and “guests,” for the latter, applies to leisure entertainment facilities, because poor staff morale translates into a less-than-positive and enjoyable experience […]

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Fun Spot Attractions® Moves into Waterparks with SplashTacular®, Inc.

Fun Spot Attractions® Moves into Waterparks with SplashTacular®, Inc.

November 21, 2011 No Comments

Fun Spot Attractions Owner and President, John Arie recently made a crucial strategic decision for the company. Although the company’s locations in both Orlando and Kissimmee enjoyed excellent growth and profitability, he decided, along with his family and team, that the timing was perfect to take his family entertainment venue to the next level by […]

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Innovators of Interactive Play Join Largest USA Waterslide Manufacturer

November 17, 2011 No Comments

SplashTacular, Inc., the largest United States‐based waterslide manufacturer, has selected industry veterans Mark Weston and Anthony Imbrogno, creators of FunTraptions™ products and brand, to become part of the company’s expanding team of professionals, a team that offers a full range of waterpark products, from signature rides and slides, to sophisticated play structures, interactive water features […]

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Improving the Look of Leisure Entertainment Facilities While Improving the Guest Experience

November 15, 2011 No Comments

November 15, 2011 With the economy still languishing, owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities may balk at the idea of investing in renovations or other enhancements. However, it may be time to re-think such hesitation. For one thing, consumers are more likely to spend their money, and possibly more of it, at an aesthetically […]

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First Mobile Zip Line Introduced by Spectrum Sports International

First Mobile Zip Line Introduced by Spectrum Sports International

November 14, 2011 No Comments

IAAPA Attractions Expo Attendees Will Be Able to Ride the Patent-pending Mobile Zip Line that Features Several Safety Innovations Spectrum Sports International will formally debut the first commercially available HYPERLINK “http://www.spectrumsports.com/prod-zipline-mob.php”mobile zip line at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The introduction follows three years of product development, a complete engineering review, and a season of […]

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Customers Can Make Edible Candy Art with the Tasty Tubes™ Factory

Customers Can Make Edible Candy Art with the Tasty Tubes™ Factory

November 3, 2011 No Comments

The Tasty Tubes™ Factory is a vending machine that is also an amusement game. There is no attendant needed for this coin-operated attraction. There are no free refills, fantastic flavors and colors and there is no mess as players layer candy inside of a tube.

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Sponsors

Knight Equipment

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Art Attack

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Embed

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

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.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Formula K Raceways

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

Max Flight

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

Soft Play

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

American Changer

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Perfect Fry

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

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.

Laser Star

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Spectrum Sports

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

Rio Syrup

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Extreme Engineering

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Penny Press

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

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.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Poly Products

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Cost of Wisconson

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Aquaventronics

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Tear Repair

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys