Archive for November, 2011

November 2001 – A Message from the ILTA Executive Director

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Dear Readers, With fall submitting to winter, it is a forgone conclusion that about all of our operators are moving into their busiest season.  From winter until spring arrives in full bloom, birthday parties are filling up your rooms and active teenagers should be milling about waiting for the next game of laser tag.  All […]

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Actively Engaging the Customer Base:
Contemporary Marketing and Promotions Strategies

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Marketing and promoting your laser tag center in today’s high speed and digital world can be more than a little daunting.  There are so many options, that sometimes you see centers not do anything for fear of doing the wrong thing.  While it is always wise to conduct marketing research before executing promotions strategies, remember […]

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Looking Back and Moving Forward

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Reaching your demographic with precisely the right entertainment options can be a daunting task made easier with the right research and execution. Leisure entertainment facility owners and managers are always striving to draw in and serve customers, a simple goal that takes sometimes complicated and always thoughtful planning. In this issue, we examine how all […]

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Bumper Cars: <br />The Payoffs of Offering an Enduring Classic

Bumper Cars:
The Payoffs of Offering an Enduring Classic

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Bumper cars have come a long way since the day of the metal bodied Dodgem and Lusse Auto Scooter.   They’ve bumped and jostled their way into a variety of settings and surfaces, chugging away from amusement parks to indoor venues, some versions altered to maneuver on water or ice. And they’re a real hit as […]

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When Birthday Party Programs Sink

November 2, 2011 No Comments

How Frustrations Hamper Party Business Growth at Amusement and Waterparks By uncovering the top 10 frustrations of a large amusement park or waterpark birthday program, you’ll find out why a party program falters. In almost all family oriented recreational business entities, the birthday program is one of its strongest revenue sources.  It’s a program that […]

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A Games and Food Prototype: <br />New Florida Johnny Rockets Blasts Off Toward Fun

A Games and Food Prototype:
New Florida Johnny Rockets Blasts Off Toward Fun

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Times and tastes change and smart businesses adapt to those shifts.  Today’s consumers are increasingly looking for multiple experiences.  Consistent with that trend, Johnny Rockets franchise owners Kyle and Ken Eldridge have teamed up with a leading game room provider to offer not only great food, but a fun-filled arcade featuring over 180 games as […]

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R & R Creates Three Waterpark Projects for the 2011 Season

R & R Creates Three Waterpark Projects for the 2011 Season

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Celebrating their 30th year in the theme park design business, R & R Creative Amusement Designs Inc. of Anaheim, Calif., designed and directed three projects at waterpark attractions last summer. At Mulligan Family Fun Center in Murrieta, Calif., the company created the thematic designs for a new Western-themed water play tower. At Hyland Hills Waterworld, […]

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Soft Play Debuts Largest Project in Company History at Great Waves Waterpark in Alexandria, Va.

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Soft Play, LLC, the manufacturer of commercial playground systems, debuted their latest and largest project in company history at Great Waves Waterpark at Cameron Run Regional Park in Virginia last summer. Soft Play utilized state-of-the-art Dura Frame technology to create the largest play structure of its kind in the world. “We were looking to make a big impact,” […]

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News from the Waterpark Industry

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The World Waterpark Association (WWA) Board of Directors recently announced that it selected SplashTacular, Inc. to receive the 2011 Industry Innovation Award for Suppliers for its 360Rush waterslide. The award recognizes supplies who have developed new concepts, products or services that benefit WWA members, their customers and the water attractions industry. In other news, SplashTacular’s […]

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One-of-a-Kind Fun: For Alburquerque, the Sole Indoor Waterpark Is a Solid Hit

One-of-a-Kind Fun: For Alburquerque, the Sole Indoor Waterpark Is a Solid Hit

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In the arid climate of New Mexico, in a city of mountains and desert, there is a place where people can surf waves moving at up to 30 mph – in the middle of winter. Opened in 2010, the Radisson Hotel & Waterpark in Albuquerque has literally brought thousands of gallons of aquatic fun to […]

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Sponsors

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Embed

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

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.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Laser Star

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Penny Press

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Max Flight

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Tear Repair

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Store on Wheels

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Rio Syrup

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

American Changer

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Bulbtronics

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Aquaventronics

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Art Attack

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Knight Equipment

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Soft Play

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Spectrum Sports

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

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.

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