Archive for April, 2011

Anticipating a Season to Remember: A Summer 2011 Preview

April 1, 2011 No Comments

With winter behind us in most places and summer creeping closer, now is a great time to preview what the industry’s larger parks and resorts have in store for this year’s peak season.  While none of these parks will offer something as big as Universal Orlando’s 2010 boy wonder named Harry Potter, several are bringing […]


2011: Lessons Learned from the First Quarter

April 1, 2011 No Comments

The first quarter of any year usually sets the tone for the rest of the year and 2011’s first quarter has been quite interesting.  The major events unfolding as this issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks goes to press are the uprisings in North Africa (Libya in particular), the horrible earthquake disaster in Japan and […]


An Industry Association Worldview: Coming Together for Perspective and Profit

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The amusement and the attraction trade share a number of common ideals, one of these is an innate belief in the need for an associational structure. The feeling is that an industry dealing with the public has to be drawn towards trade bodies and organizational structure as some kind of talisman of protection. For many […]

The Main Course Toward Perfect Parties: <br />Making the Food Fit the Special Event at Destination Locations

The Main Course Toward Perfect Parties:
Making the Food Fit the Special Event at Destination Locations

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Food is an essential ingredient in throwing a successful party, especially one hosted at a venue. Whether a client knows exactly what they want or not, it’s up to the staff to guide the choices so the menu will be sure to please the client and the guests. And at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, on […]


A Chef’s Take on Barbecue

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Aaron Banks, director of food service for Carowinds Park in Charlotte, N.C., dishes on pulled pork, the southern tradition and why barbecue is so popular at theme parks today: Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine: What type of barbecued foods do you offer? Aaron Banks: Carowinds offers a wide variety of barbecued foods, including hand-pulled pork, […]


Three Secrets to BBQ Success

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Buy Quality: Even if you feature prepared foods on the menu, make sure you buy from reliable vendors. Quality counts when it comes to everything from ingredients to entrees. Visitors who are considering how much money to spend expect quality for their money, especially in tougher economic times. Think Differently: Incorporate regional flavors into the […]

Kings of the Grill: <br />The Art and Science of Barbecue

Kings of the Grill:
The Art and Science of Barbecue

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Barbecue. It’s what’s for dinner (and lunch) at parks and attractions from Texas to Florida. The southern tradition not only borrows its flavors from longtime recipes that have been enjoyed by generations, but many of the dishes have been customized for family-friendly customers who are looking for a way to have a little fun – […]


Five Tips for Controlling Food Service Payroll Costs at Zoos and Aquariums

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Hire wisely. Juanita Hernandez of the Lee Richardson Zoo said she seeks out employees who not only accept seasonal work, but prefer it. “This is a great job for teachers. I have one employee who is a teacher, and the part-time summer hours fit her schedule perfectly.” Weigh the pros and cons of engaging a […]


Controlled Quality: Keeping Food Service Payroll Costs Down

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Steve Lopez swears by his spreadsheet. This document, which tracks labor percentage, daily earnings, weather and food service patterns from previous years at the Phoenix Zoo, is indispensible to Lopez, who is general manager of concessions. The data Lopez has compiled has not come easily– he said it is the culmination of years of observation […]


Solid Strategies for Challenging Times

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My colleague Frank Seninsky and I have found that between a third and 50 percent of revenue for family entertainment centers, bowling facilities and skating rinks comes from food service. If you are not operating a well-rounded food service program, this is a great edition to pick up ideas and advice to expand and improve […]

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Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

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.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Poly Products

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


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Soft Play

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

Knight Equipment

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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


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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Penny Press

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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


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.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

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.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Laser Star

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Art Attack

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.


Manufacturer of waterslides

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Perfect Fry

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines


Laser maze challenge

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Max Flight

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.


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

Spectrum Sports

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Rio Syrup

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Extreme Engineering

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


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

American Changer

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Tear Repair

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

Store on Wheels

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.


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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.


Evaporative snow systems.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.