Archive for May, 2011

Business Strategies: The Benefits of Digital Signage at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

May 17, 2011 No Comments

May 17, 2011 Owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities will almost certainly continue to use traditional signage in some way or other at their operations. However, recent years have seen a continued interest and uptick in the deployment of digital signage as well. Digital signage is a type of electronic display that shows information, […]

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Business Strategies: Finding, Training and Retaining Employees

May 10, 2011 No Comments

May 10, 2011 Good employees are the “backbone” of every leisure entertainment facility, to keep operations running smoothly as well as to ensure top-notch customer service. Finding, training and retaining good workers cannot be left to chance; it must be a very methodical process. Tapping the resources of existing employees ranks among the best ways […]

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Historical Safety, Proactive or Reactive?

May 6, 2011 No Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Welcome back – I am looking forward to seeing your comments on our new management topic. I hope you enjoy what you read and gain some insight into this topic. Please post your comments to be shared with all readers. Thanks to the Disney folks for their kind words last month. […]

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Business Strategies: Planning the Perfect Special Event

May 3, 2011 No Comments

May 3, 2011 Special events can generate significant revenue for leisure entertainment facilities of all kinds. However, the business can get out of hand—or never really become viable—unless a few key strategies are always followed. One critical piece of this puzzle is going to great lengths to find out as many details as possible about […]

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Sponsors

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Extreme Engineering

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Bulbtronics

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Aquaventronics

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

Formula K Raceways

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

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.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

American Changer

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Art Attack

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Rio Syrup

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

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.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Poly Products

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Laser Star

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Sureshot Redemption

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Spectrum Sports

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Soft Play

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Embed

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Brunswick Bowling

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Max Flight

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

Tear Repair

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

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.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Store on Wheels

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

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