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

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.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Laser Star

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Family Fun Corp.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

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.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Extreme Engineering

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Penny Press

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Knight Equipment

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

Art Attack

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

Max Flight

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

American Changer

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Tear Repair

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Soft Play

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Aquaventronics

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Bulbtronics

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Embed

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Perfect Fry

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Store on Wheels

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Poly Products

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Spectrum Sports

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

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.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Spectrum
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