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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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.


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

American Changer

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Art Attack

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.


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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

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.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Laser Star

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.


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.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Soft Play

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Max Flight

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

Knight Equipment

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.


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


Manufacturer of waterslides

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.


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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

California Portable Dance Floor Company


Laser maze challenge

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tear Repair

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Penny Press

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


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Extreme Engineering

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Perfect Fry

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

Store on Wheels

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


Evaporative snow systems.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Poly Products

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.