Archive for September, 2011

From the Waterpark Front Lines: Water Quality Tips

September 1, 2011 No Comments

As General Manager of Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian, Idaho, Frank Morandi oversees three pools plus other attractions in the park.  His top tip for ensuring safe and clean water is to look at each pool differently. “Each pool has its own needs and maintenance requirements,” he said. “Here, the water comes from different wells, […]

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Maintaining an Ocean of Fun: <br />Best Water Quality Practices at Waterparks

Maintaining an Ocean of Fun:
Best Water Quality Practices at Waterparks

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Waterparks provide a fun haven during the sizzling days of summer, and while guests are frolicking in the cool water, managers and maintenance specialists are making sure the water and park remain clean and safe. At Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian, Idaho, General Manager Frank Morandi and his certified pool experts monitor the 10-acre park, […]

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Canada’s Horseshoe Resort Opens Giant Human Maze

Canada’s Horseshoe Resort Opens Giant Human Maze

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Horseshoe Resort, a ski area in Barrie, Ontario (north of Toronto), recently added a new feature to its summer Adventure Park – a 6,000-square-foot giant maze. The Red Horse Maze was custom built to reflect the personality and uniqueness of Horseshoe Resort, with the Native American Legend of Red Horse inscribed on 16 of the […]

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Fun Pro Insurance at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo

Fun Pro Insurance at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Fun Pro Insurance is planning some of the most interactive and fun-filled events during IAAPA 2011 at booth 5418. Stop by the booth to sign up for the Social Network Scramble. Attendees can keep their smart phones at the ready as they walk the show floor to find items and answers to win cash. For […]

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LEGOLAND Florida: A Study in Reimagining a Park for the Future

September 1, 2011 No Comments

On October 15, 2011, something unique will have happened when it comes to the amusement industry in America.  That’s the date that the only new United States theme park will open for 2011.  Yet, unlike recent past parks (such as the ill-fated Hard Rock Park in South Carolina), LEGOLAND Florida will have an air of […]

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Empex Aquacircus® Debuts at Beackpark, Fortaleza, Brazil

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Aquacirco has just opened at the innovative Beachpark Waterpark in Fortaleza, Brazil. The South American continent’s largest waterpark, Beachpark has created a 12,000-square-foot Aquacircus® complete with a Big Top. The site includes 170 different water events and spray features on a colorful, soft, non-slip surface. For the project, Empex Watertoys® provided their latest concept “Aquacircus®,” […]

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John Evans Opens New Era as President of NAC

September 1, 2011 No Comments

John Evans, Senior Vice President of Gold Medal®Products Co., is now president of the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) for a two-year term. He has served on the board for 27 years, was the chair of the regional vice president committee for 14 years, and has been working in the concession industry for 30 years. […]

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Climbing Wall Installed at the Descanso Beach Club

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Santa Catalina Island Company has installed a 32-foot climbing wall tower from Spectrum Sports International of Utah at the Descanso Beach Club as part of a continued expansion of the popular area.  The climbing wall towers over the zip line base camp, with views of the ocean and canyon from the top of the wall.  […]

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Building a Strong Foundation for Your Entertainment Center
What You Should Be Doing Before You Purchase that First Game or Attraction

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Featured Projects: Funhaven, Ottawa, Canada and ZCor Entertainment, Minnetonka, Minn. Funhaven Family Entertainment Center, Ottawa, Canada Target Opening Date: December 2011 “You need to be able to sustain your business at the worst times.” This is the answer that I was given when I asked Dave Ellis of Ellis Entertainment Partners what he felt was […]

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Cool Fun in the Summer Heat <br />Water Inflatables Offer Backyard Thrills

Cool Fun in the Summer Heat
Water Inflatables Offer Backyard Thrills

September 1, 2011 No Comments

The backyard hose and swimming pool have stepped to the side to make way for water inflatables as summertime relief from the pervasive heat for everything from backyard play and group entertainment to parties, with a dash of thrill added. What to do for yet another birthday is not the issue, merely which water inflatable […]

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Sponsors

Cost of Wisconson

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Tear Repair

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Laser Star

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Max Flight

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

American Changer

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

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.

Soft Play

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Perfect Fry

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Formula K Raceways

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Penny Press

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Rio Syrup

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Store on Wheels

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Bulbtronics

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Art Attack

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

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.

Extreme Engineering

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Poly Products

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Embed

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

Aquaventronics

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Johnny Rockets
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