Archive for August, 2011

A Partner for Success:
Putting a Coin-op Operator in Your Corner

August 1, 2011 No Comments

In most things in life, purchasing an item almost always makes sense over leasing it. Whether it is a car or a house, furniture or electronics, generally the return is in the consumer’s favor if they have the means to buy. Yet there is one arena where it might put business owners at a disadvantage […]

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Coin-op Industry Update: Advances in Machine Technology

August 1, 2011 No Comments

With technological advances growing more and more complex each day, businesses are affected in a variety of ways.  For those in the vending machine industry, technological growth has, for the most part, been a positive influence on business.  In recent years, coin-op operators have observed some great new capabilities, thanks to these advances, and negative […]

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How Technology Has Shaped the Laser Tag Experience

August 1, 2011 No Comments

When you think about laser tag, one of the first things to come to mind is technology. Looking at the history of laser tag, it’s easy to see how far those technological advancements have shaped laser tag into what it is today. Few other attractions offer the futuristic feel that laser tag can. Many attractions […]

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The High Tech Elements that Go Into Running a Roller Skating Rink

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Years ago roller skating centers offered an organ, disco ball and maybe a few snacks for customers to enjoy. Stroll into one of today’s modern skating centers and your senses might overload. Music, lights and real food offer an atmosphere of pure entertainment. So what are all these high-tech gadgets and what is the benefit? […]

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Thought Before Action: <br/>Crafting a Total Experience at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

Thought Before Action:
Crafting a Total Experience at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

August 1, 2011 No Comments

Almost all centers contain multiple elements that make up the total theme, image, or look of the operation.  Whether it’s jungle, pirates, or something else, these include everything from a central theme to less obvious factors such as sound, lighting and the type of food offered.  No matter if you are adding something or enhancing […]

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Enhancing the Experience
Bright Lights and Music to Bowl By

August 1, 2011 No Comments

Whether it helps the game or not, sound and light effects installed in bowling centers produce mind- altering experiences in bowlers for the better, or it would not be the way the ball is rolling in bowling centers from one coast to another.   The radio is always blaring for ambiance and the laser lights […]

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Balancing Act: Achieving Harmony Between Nature and Science at Zoos and Aquariums

Balancing Act: Achieving Harmony Between Nature and Science at Zoos and Aquariums

August 1, 2011 No Comments

In the last decade, technology has changed the way zoos and aquariums interact with guests.  Technology is no longer just about enhancing a guest’s experience during a visit but enhancing that experience before and after a visit as well. As Vice-President for Planning and Capital Projects at the Denver Zoo, George Pond oversees the technology […]

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From the Lines to the Rides: Innovations in Waterpark Technology

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Francis Phillips and his employees filter about two million gallons of water every six hours.  Believe it or not, this isn’t as difficult as it sounds. “The new chemical control systems have really cut down on our chemical costs and man hours,” said Phillips, general partner at Wild Water West waterpark in Sioux Falls, S.D. […]

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New Technology Means New Media Strategies for Theme Parks

August 1, 2011 No Comments

These days, technology continues to change at such a rapid pace that just keeping up with the changes can be a challenge.  This challenge, though, can present a unique opportunity for theme parks in key areas such as publicity and marketing operations. Many of the industry’s larger parks and resorts are, in fact, seizing this […]

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Stern Pinball, Inc. Appoints President of Game Development

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Stern Pinball, Inc. recently announced that game designer George Gomez joins the Stern Pinball team as Vice President of Game Development. Gomez brings diverse creative and leadership experience, having designed arcade video games, consumer toys, console video games, slot machines and pinball games throughout his career.

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Sponsors

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

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.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Aquaventronics

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Art Attack

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Laser Star

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

Tear Repair

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Extreme Engineering

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Embed

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

American Changer

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

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.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Knight Equipment

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Perfect Fry

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

Soft Play

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Max Flight

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

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.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Rio Syrup

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Penny Press

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Poly Products

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Formula K Raceways

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Bulbtronics

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

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.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
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