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

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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

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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

Penny Press

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

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.

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.

Store on Wheels

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

American Changer

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Poly Products

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Max Flight

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Art Attack

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

Knight Equipment

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Laser Star

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.