Archive for November, 2011

Business Strategies: Best Staff Morale-Building Tips for Leisure Entertainment Facilities

November 22, 2011 No Comments

November 21, 2011 It has long been said that if the mother in a family isn’t happy, the children aren’t happy. A modified version of this adage, substituting the word “employees” for the former and “guests,” for the latter, applies to leisure entertainment facilities, because poor staff morale translates into a less-than-positive and enjoyable experience […]

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Fun Spot Attractions® Moves into Waterparks with SplashTacular®, Inc.

Fun Spot Attractions® Moves into Waterparks with SplashTacular®, Inc.

November 21, 2011 No Comments

Fun Spot Attractions Owner and President, John Arie recently made a crucial strategic decision for the company. Although the company’s locations in both Orlando and Kissimmee enjoyed excellent growth and profitability, he decided, along with his family and team, that the timing was perfect to take his family entertainment venue to the next level by […]

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Innovators of Interactive Play Join Largest USA Waterslide Manufacturer

November 17, 2011 No Comments

SplashTacular, Inc., the largest United States‐based waterslide manufacturer, has selected industry veterans Mark Weston and Anthony Imbrogno, creators of FunTraptions™ products and brand, to become part of the company’s expanding team of professionals, a team that offers a full range of waterpark products, from signature rides and slides, to sophisticated play structures, interactive water features […]

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Improving the Look of Leisure Entertainment Facilities While Improving the Guest Experience

November 15, 2011 No Comments

November 15, 2011 With the economy still languishing, owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities may balk at the idea of investing in renovations or other enhancements. However, it may be time to re-think such hesitation. For one thing, consumers are more likely to spend their money, and possibly more of it, at an aesthetically […]

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First Mobile Zip Line Introduced by Spectrum Sports International

First Mobile Zip Line Introduced by Spectrum Sports International

November 14, 2011 No Comments

IAAPA Attractions Expo Attendees Will Be Able to Ride the Patent-pending Mobile Zip Line that Features Several Safety Innovations Spectrum Sports International will formally debut the first commercially available HYPERLINK “http://www.spectrumsports.com/prod-zipline-mob.php”mobile zip line at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The introduction follows three years of product development, a complete engineering review, and a season of […]

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Customers Can Make Edible Candy Art with the Tasty Tubes™ Factory

Customers Can Make Edible Candy Art with the Tasty Tubes™ Factory

November 3, 2011 No Comments

The Tasty Tubes™ Factory is a vending machine that is also an amusement game. There is no attendant needed for this coin-operated attraction. There are no free refills, fantastic flavors and colors and there is no mess as players layer candy inside of a tube.

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November 2011

November 2, 2011 No Comments

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Extreme Engineering Is Debuting Two New Products at IAAPA: The Zippin Zone™ and Balloon Battles

Extreme Engineering Is Debuting Two New Products at IAAPA: The Zippin Zone™ and Balloon Battles

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Extreme Engineering, the largest supplier in climbing walls, Extreme Airs™ and adventure products in the world, will be debuting two new products for the entertainment industry, the Zippin Zone™ mobile zipline and the Balloon Battles cannon launcher, at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. The Zippin Zone™ zipline uses many of the company’s patented safety features, such […]

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Staying a Bounce Ahead:
Making an Informed Next-Purchase Decision

November 2, 2011 No Comments

By Linda M. Barba Could John Scurlock, the mechanical engineer whose serendipitous creation of the first inflatable structure in 1959, have imagined the many innovative varieties of bouncers that would one day be available?  It’s very likely even the inventor would be surprised his first “space walk” – born from an inflatable tennis court cover […]

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Campground Trends: A Walk in the Park How State Parks Keep Campers Active and Entertained

November 2, 2011 No Comments

For those who enjoy the outdoors and long for a fantastic camping adventure, State Parks are often the destination of choice.  With the wide variety of available activities, such as hiking, fishing and nature programs, these scenic parks attract both families and individuals who wish to take in the spectacular views and relax amidst nature. […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Laser Star

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Formula K Raceways

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

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.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Bulbtronics

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

Poly Products

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Max Flight

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Store on Wheels

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Spectrum Sports

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

Soft Play

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

Rio Syrup

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Art Attack

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Perfect Fry

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

American Changer

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Extreme Engineering

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Family Fun Corp.

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

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.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Penny Press

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Tear Repair

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Knight Equipment

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
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