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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Poly Products

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Art Attack

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

American Changer

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Tear Repair

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Knight Equipment

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

Laser Star

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Soft Play

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Embed

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

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.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

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.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Penny Press

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

Perfect Fry

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Rio Syrup

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Brunswick Bowling

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Cost of Wisconson

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Aquaventronics

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

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.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

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