Archive for January, 2011

Schlitterbahn  Waterparks: Leading  the  Industry  with Expansion  and  Innovation

Schlitterbahn Waterparks: Leading the Industry with Expansion and Innovation

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Since Bob and Billye Henry first began creating what would eventually become the world’s first water resort, the Henry family has exemplified a commitment to developing new and innovative parks, rides, and technologies while keeping the focus on family friendly amenities and values. “Not only have we created industry-firsts such as the Boogie Bahn surf […]

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Adding Value to Out-Of-Home Experiences

January 16, 2011 No Comments

The theme of our industry report for an upbeat yet highly competitive 2011 is “Adding Value to Out-of-Home Experiences.” Combining food with experiences is one that many forward-thinking businesses are focusing on. Single anchor entertainment facilities have been expanding and adding additional attractions and beefing up their food and beverage components for the past several […]

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Leadership By Example: A Profile of Disney’s Erin Wallace

January 16, 2011 No Comments

In tough economic times, a big operational challenge can be keeping up employee morale and guest satisfaction.  That’s why effective leadership training plays a key role in moving an organization forward in a positive and productive way. Nowhere is this strategy embraced more than at the Walt Disney World Resort where company executives promote a […]

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Spotlight on Carnivals – Gibsonton Update
The Outlook for Carnivals In Changing Times

January 16, 2011 No Comments

From spring through fall, traveling carnivals dot the North American landscape appearing at state and county fairs plus regional events and festivals.  While they vary in size, many carnivals are still family owned operations that have been in existence for many generations.  Carnivals face unique challenges in their operation. Their success depends on factors such […]

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January 2011

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Spotlight on Gibsonton 14    The Outlook for Carnivals in Changing Times Carnivals face unique operating challenges, and their success depends on factors such as the weather, price of fuel, number of available workers, and changes in state and federal laws. Despite these demands, traveling carnivals are ready to hit the road with their rides, games […]

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Adding Value in 2011

January 16, 2011 No Comments

In our Business Strategies feature, we examine how crucial it is to add value to your attraction. All types of out-of-home experiences need to constantly reevaluate and reassess everything from the décor and entertainment offerings to staff training and pricing, to stay competitive and create a welcoming, fun environment guests want to return to again […]

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Sponsors

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Rio Syrup

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

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.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Spectrum Sports

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

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.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

American Changer

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Penny Press

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Knight Equipment

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Laser Star

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Store on Wheels

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

Art Attack

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

Poly Products

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Family Fun Corp.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable 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.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Max Flight

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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