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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Soft Play

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Rio Syrup

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Laser Star

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Spectrum Sports

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Bulbtronics

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

Embed

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

American Changer

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Aquaventronics

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tear Repair

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

Knight Equipment

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Max Flight

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Sureshot Redemption

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

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.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Store on Wheels

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

Perfect Fry

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Poly Products

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Art Attack

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Penny Press

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

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.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys