Archive for November, 2011

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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Caring for Trees at Zoos: <br />Enhancing Aesthetics and Preserving a Healthy Ecosystem

Caring for Trees at Zoos:
Enhancing Aesthetics and Preserving a Healthy Ecosystem

November 2, 2011 No Comments

When guests visit zoos, they do not always notice the trees immediately, but when they seek out shelter from the heat or when they enjoy the realistic design of an exhibit, they start to see the important role trees play. As Parks Director for the Cape May County Zoo and Park, in Cape May Court […]

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Walking the Line:
Food Concessionaries Balance Novelties and Staples

November 2, 2011 No Comments

By Jennifer Byrne Connie McKinney will not be sold on deep fried butter. Even though the hot new concession item was the big buzz at the 2011 Iowa State Fair, McKinney is less than wowed by the notion of a whole stick of butter dipped in batter, deep-fried, and coated in a sugary glaze. “I […]

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The Importance of Branding:
Answering the Question of Why Guests Should Visit Your Attraction

November 2, 2011 No Comments

By Frank Seninsky, President/CEO, Amusement Entertainment Management and Scott Borowsky, President and Executive Editor, Tourist Attractions & Parks In today’s tough economy, every out-of-home business is trying to capture the consumers’ leisure entertainment dollars while the consumer is watching every penny and always looking for a deal.  So why should people come to your place […]

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News from Coast to Coast Entertainment

News from Coast to Coast Entertainment

November 2, 2011 No Comments

At the recent GTI China show in Guangzhou, China, Sayreville, N.J.’s Coast to Coast Entertainment along with their exclusive worldwide partner for the new Friction two-player shooting video game, China Star Games, announced that they have assigned the exclusive territory for Mainland China the sole rights for sales of the hit game. The company has […]

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Betson Enterprises Awarded Video Gaming Distributor License

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Betson Enterprises, the largest worldwide distributor of coin-operated equipment and a division of H. Betti Industries Inc., has announced that they have been issued an Illinois Video Gaming distributor license. As a result of a decision by the Illinois Gaming Board, Betson will be able to market and sell Video Gaming Terminals in the Illinois […]

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Fiesta Plush Toys  Announces New Plush Styles for the Prize Redemption Market, Featuring Hello Kitty® and Other Sanrio Characters, and a Mameshiba Licensing Agreement With Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc.

Fiesta Plush Toys Announces New Plush Styles for the Prize Redemption Market, Featuring Hello Kitty® and Other Sanrio Characters, and a Mameshiba Licensing Agreement With Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc.

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Fiesta Plush Toys is introducing new plush styles for the prize redemption market, featuring Hello Kitty® and other iconic Sanrio characters. In other news, Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. has signed a new licensing agreement with Fiesta, to produce a collection of plush toys for the prize redemption market, featuring Mameshiba characters. The initial offering of […]

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Collections Update: Trends in Cashbox Use and Security

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Coin-operated machines appeared in the United States in 1898 when New York train passengers first saw gum dispensing machines on boarding platforms.  Several years later came machines selling measured amounts of peanuts.  By the 1950s, electromechanical machines selling all types of goodies and amusement had emerged.  In the ensuing decades, technology, such as microprocessors, enabled […]

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Keeping the Coins Flowing: Strategies to Attract the Coin-op Machine Customer Base

November 2, 2011 No Comments

It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon at ABC Location. While the facility has a myriad of attractions, a steady stream of customers are immediately drawn to the brightly lit coin-operated games, with many spending a considerable chunk of change so they can win the “cool” prizes that had immediately caught their eye on their […]

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Game Patrol Offers a New FEC-2-GO Mobile Attraction

Game Patrol Offers a New FEC-2-GO Mobile Attraction

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Game Patrol from Creative Works Theme Factory is a new socially interactive mobile attraction that takes your message to the people and brings the fun and excitement of games and more to your customer’s door. Game Patrol fills a need in the marketplace and helps combat the effect mobile entertainment is having on FECs today. […]

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Sponsors

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Tear Repair

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Bulbtronics

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Laser Star

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Art Attack

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Poly Products

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

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.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Knight Equipment

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

American Changer

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Aquaventronics

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

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.

Max Flight

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Soft Play

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

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.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Spectrum Sports

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Brunswick Bowling

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

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