Archive for June, 2011

Higher Gas Prices: The 2011 Season Outlook for Florida Amusement Parks

June 1, 2011 No Comments

It’s back. That dreaded scourge to operating budgets throughout the industry.  The malcontent that refuses to recognize fiscal years or finalized budgets.  Three words that bring chills to the ears of many amusement executives: higher gas prices. While some local parks do benefit from higher prices because vacationers generally end up staying closer to home […]

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Photo Booth Manufacturer Serves Clients Around the World

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Digital Centre, a family founded multinational corporation, has been serving the amusement industry since 1997 with factory and offices in Europe and America and authorized distributors around the globe. The company specializes in the manufacture of photo booths with sales in more than 45 countries, and thousands of the machines still operating. The units feature […]

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The Change Game: The Hottest Trends in Coin-op Games Throughout North America May Surprise You

The Change Game: The Hottest Trends in Coin-op Games Throughout North America May Surprise You

June 1, 2011 No Comments

If you think that arcades are a thing of the past thanks to home entertainment systems like Xbox and Wii, think again. Never have arcades been more popular among such a wide range of gamers. Look no further than Barcade in Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg section where old-school coin-op arcade games line a warehouse where one’s […]

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Redemption Games: Prizes Can Divert Attention from Handheld Devices

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Video may have killed the radio song, but now, it seems, smart phones have killed the video game. At least that’s been Mark Aikman’s experience. After spending time observing customers at popular game and amusement locations, Aikman, owner of Able Vending in El Paso, Texas, has noticed a shift in the way kids and teens […]

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Family Entertainment Center Trends for 2011 and Beyond

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The Industry Owls is a group of independent consultants, operators, trainers and educators who have come together with one purpose: to challenge the way you think. Their unique experience and expertise combines with an abundance of wisdom in the family entertainment and leisure industries to produce articles to help you become more successful in your […]

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Creating Memorable Moments: When Customer Service Isn’t Enough

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Remarkable experiences are defined as just that, moments in time you choose to remark about.  Engineering each guest visit at your family amusement or leisure business as a singular opportunity to create a remarkable experience adds a huge intangible value to your business.  If you can make each individual feel special, just like it was […]

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Adventure Golf Services has Products and Advice for FECs and More

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Bowling center operators are benefiting from new indoor and outdoor recreation products from Adventure Golf Services.  Centers seeking additional revenue centers can now add modular miniature golf, golf learning centers, multi-purpose sports and entertainment fields and game courts.   The company’s AnyWhereFields is a multi- purpose recreation sports fields to help monetize vacant land space. […]

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12 Top Tips for Successfully Adding Extras

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Take a close look at what you offer and make a list to target specific areas you could potentially and practically improve.  Part of this is to set goals about what you want to accomplish in terms of improving the experience of customers and increasing your bottom line. Don’t overlook any potential improvement.  They may […]

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Change that Works: Making Big Food Profits from Small Spaces

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At Zuma Fun Center in Pineville, N.C., the challenge of a modest kitchen space has been addressed with equipment that turns out food quickly and is a perfect fit with its small footprint. “We recently added a large Quik N’ Crispy greaseless fryer,” said Rick Klinghagen, the facility’s general manager. Part of a chain of […]

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Adding the Extras for a Winning Formula

Adding the Extras for a Winning Formula

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No one wants to mess up a winning formula, but implementing the right change can be good.   It’s something powerhouse consumer products companies have known for years.  They have even distilled it down into three magic words that they use over and over in their advertising.  That is, “new and improved.” Although your offering is […]

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Sponsors

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Store on Wheels

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Embed

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Extreme Engineering

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

Penny Press

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

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.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Tear Repair

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Perfect Fry

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Formula K Raceways

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Laser Star

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Soft Play

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

American Changer

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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.

Knight Equipment

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Max Flight

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

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.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Poly Products

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Bulbtronics

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Art Attack

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Aquaventronics

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

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