Archive for January, 2011

A Wireless Credit Card Kit is Available from American Changer

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Increase your sales by accepting credit cards on the American Changer token dispenser for a great price. The kit features wireless credit card processing, remote monitoring of all credit card and cash transactions, alert and e-mail notification if the machine needs service and PCI compliant components and PA-DSS gateway software. The kit includes: external credit […]

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Expert Advice:
How to Keep Coin-Op Machines Clean and in Working Order

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Jeffrey Smith and Phil Adams share something in common. They both work with clients to help maintain coin-operated machines—everything from jukeboxes and video games to vending machines and dartboards. These longtime experts sat down with Tourist Attractions and Parks to discuss some of the lessons they’ve learned over the years when it comes to keeping […]

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January 16, 2011 No Comments

Starting and operating a bulk vending business may sound like an easy proposition, but there’s more to it than buying a few machines and expecting them to deliver profits as readily as they do the merchandise contained within them. Perseverance, hard work and flexibility are the keys to success in this arena. “It’s not a […]

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Facility Focus

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Facility: The Web Extreme Entertainment Location: Westchester, Ohio Owner: Jerry Weber With many industries suffering in today’s economy, most laser tag facilities have been holding steady and even reporting an increase in sales over last year. With the continued growth and health of these locations, some operators are actually opening multiple facilities or expanding their […]

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International Laser Tag Association: <br />Marketing Outside Your Target

International Laser Tag Association:
Marketing Outside Your Target

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Laser tag facilities are often thought of to be strictly birthday or group destinations. While most facilities tend to focus on the most common group elements: birthday parties, church or scout group, corporate teambuilding, lock-ins and casual walk in traffic, there are whole other virtually untapped markets. With some creative ingenuity and a little effort, […]

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When the Product Is Fun
How to Increase Birthday Party Revenue

January 16, 2011 No Comments

While revenue is the bottom line in any business, you cannot lose sight of the product you are selling. And one of the products roller skating centers sell are birthday celebrations. How do you keep the birthday good times rolling while making a larger profit? Two Roller Skating Association International members shared some insight regarding […]

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Creating the Perfect Place to Play: <br/>Color and Music at Bowling Centers

Creating the Perfect Place to Play:
Color and Music at Bowling Centers

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Today’s bowling centers are a hub for corporate events, birthday parties and social get-togethers. To attract such a diverse following, bowling centers have to be about fun and entertainment.  Everything from the décor to the music that plays throughout the center has to express a sense of fun. As owner of Sempeck’s Bowling and Entertainment […]

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Bowling is Poised to Strike in 2011

January 16, 2011 No Comments

By numbers alone, the bowling industry can be very upbeat about its future.  The number of people who bowl is up.  More than 71 million consumers annually take to the lanes to bowl, an increase of more than 4 and-a-half percent over the previous year and the fourth year in a row of continued growth […]

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From Date Night to Family Time: <br />Top Tips for Expanding the Customer Base

From Date Night to Family Time:
Top Tips for Expanding the Customer Base

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Beverly Hendricks has witnessed the romantic magic of miniature golf. Recently, Hendricks and her colleagues at Embassy Miniature golf in San Antonio, Texas, had the chance to host the ultimate “date night”: a proposal on the 18th hole of the course. “He sent us an e-mail, explaining that he was about to pop the question,” […]

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A Dozen Main Considerations to Picking the Right Mix of Arcade Games

January 16, 2011 No Comments

There are many subtle considerations to take into account simultaneously when picking the right mix of games for an amusement entertainment center or game zone. I have divided games into the four general categories: Redemption (ticket dispensing), Merchandise Dispensing, Video (must have a monitor), and Novelty (a catch-all that includes everything else remaining such as […]

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Sponsors

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Spectrum Sports

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Embed

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Poly Products

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Laser Star

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

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.

Max Flight

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

American Changer

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Bulbtronics

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Rio Syrup

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tear Repair

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Knight Equipment

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

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.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Soft Play

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Aquaventronics

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Art Attack

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

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.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Penny Press

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Store on Wheels

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Spectrum
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