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

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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

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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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

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.

Max Flight

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Rio Syrup

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

Art Attack

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Family Fun Corp.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Soft Play

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Tear Repair

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Formula K Raceways

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

American Changer

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Bulbtronics

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

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.

Knight Equipment

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Store on Wheels

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

Perfect Fry

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

Poly Products

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Brunswick Bowling

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Embed

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Penny Press

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Spectrum Sports

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

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.

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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