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

Spectrum Sports

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

Rio Syrup

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Max Flight

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Art Attack

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

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.

Embed

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Soft Play

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

American Changer

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Family Fun Corp.

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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.

Penny Press

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Perfect Fry

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

Bulbtronics

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Poly Products

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Laser Star

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tear Repair

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Aquaventronics

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Store on Wheels

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Johnny Rockets
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