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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

American Changer

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tear Repair

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Penny Press

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

Art Attack

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Laser Star

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Family Fun Corp.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Store on Wheels

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Embed

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Poly Products

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Aquaventronics

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Cost of Wisconson

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

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.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Rio Syrup

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Perfect Fry

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Knight Equipment

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Max Flight

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

Bulbtronics

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Extreme Engineering

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Soft Play

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys