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

Rio Syrup

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Bulbtronics

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

Store on Wheels

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Formula K Raceways

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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.

Perfect Fry

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Knight Equipment

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Embed

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Family Fun Corp.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

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.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Max Flight

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Laser Star

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Tear Repair

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Art Attack

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

American Changer

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Aquaventronics

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Spectrum Sports

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Soft Play

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

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.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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