Archive for 2011

Splendor in the Grass
The Natural Side of Food Service at United States Botanical Gardens

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Visitors may come to botanic gardens to see some of the finest specimens nature has to offer, but they may also end up staying for the great food being served at these destinations around the country. And while some botanic gardens, like the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, may not have their own dining facilities, […]

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Top Tips for Feeding Hungry Guests

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Maintain proper staffing levels. “That is probably the biggest problem that food service operators have,” said Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth, Mich. “It’s important to maintain adequate staffing levels, and have a menu design that meets the time expectations of the guests.” Limit menu options. Diana Rodriguez of Calypso Bay Waterpark […]

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Fast Food Fever
Guests Still Want Classic Park Foods

September 1, 2011 No Comments

As concessions manager at Pirate’s Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center in Englewood, Colo., Leslie Boersma has endured some teasing for packing her lunch every day. “People have made fun of me for that,” said Boersma. “But it’s so hard to find something healthy to eat at an amusement park.” After a while, the powers that […]

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The Original Social Network:
Face-to-Face Interaction Is the New-Old Cool

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Without a doubt, the music industry has changed, and the coin-operated business with it. Once upon a time, when record labels would release a new song or reveal an up-and-coming artist, it would be through the jukebox and radio. Today, those channels are just one part of a larger, more complex marketing scheme, yet the […]

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The Latest Buzz About Licensed Merchandise – A Coin-Op Industry Update

September 1, 2011 No Comments

It’s all in the brand. That’s what experts say about how licensed merchandising can be profitable for customers. For kids and tweens especially, the difference between dropping a coin into a sticker or capsule machine can often come down to whether or not they recognize the famous face or name staring back at them. And […]

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— Insurance —  <br />Comparing Apples to Apples Can Equal Rotten Coverage

— Insurance —
Comparing Apples to Apples Can Equal Rotten Coverage

September 1, 2011 No Comments

The amusement industry is evolving and changing in many ways. For the owners of small and large amusement centers, this presents a constant challenge for you in keeping up with new equipment, added attractions, upgrading your current games and even expanding to open up additional locations. Your time dedicated to running your business and also […]

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Making the Winning Team Skating Center Hiring Practices

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Hiring for a roller skating center can be much like tryouts for a team sport. When asked about their hiring process, several RSA members said they have actual tryouts.  Picture a scene similar to that of the local high school varsity football team tryout, but instead of a position on the football team, it’s a […]

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New Miniature Golf Course in Wisconsin Is an Economic Hole-In-One

New Miniature Golf Course in Wisconsin Is an Economic Hole-In-One

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Bob Moeller and his family saw the business potential in the revitalization of the South Pier District, where the Sheboygan River flows into Lake Michigan. Starting in the 1990s, savvy development of the area has turned it into a growing Midwest vacation destination. The Moeller family has invested extensively in their longtime,  hometown  lakeshore: Bob, […]

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September/October 2011

September 1, 2011 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT LEGOLAND Florida: A Study in Reimagining a Park for the Future – On October 15, 2011, the only new United States theme park for 2011 will open. Contributor Chad Emerson explores how LEGOLAND’s first foray east of the Mississippi River in Florida marks a major change in strategy for how to […]

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Creating the Next Best-Selling Food Items at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

August 23, 2011 No Comments

When it comes to food service, leisure entertainment facilities have a “captive audience” in their visitors that helps to keep the operation profitable. However, periodically introducing new food items with the potential to become best sellers can set the profitability bar even higher. Viable ideas for additions to leisure entertainment facilities’ menus might come from […]

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Formula K Raceways

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Soft Play

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

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.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

American Changer

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Aquaventronics

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

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.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Perfect Fry

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Penny Press

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Poly Products

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

Knight Equipment

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

Laser Star

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Rio Syrup

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Bulbtronics

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Tear Repair

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Embed

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Max Flight

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Art Attack

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Store on Wheels

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

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