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

June 1, 2011 No Comments

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

June 1, 2011 No Comments

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

June 1, 2011 No Comments

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

June 1, 2011 No Comments

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

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.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Art Attack

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Knight Equipment

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Max Flight

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Penny Press

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Embed

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

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.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Laser Star

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Spectrum Sports

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Poly Products

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Rio Syrup

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Extreme Engineering

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

American Changer

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAI
American Conference