Archive for 2011

For Optimists, the Recovering Economy is a Source of Opportunity

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Recently, Scott and I went our separate ways to see and learn about new ideas.  Scott attended a legal conference and I went to the International Laser Tag Association / Roller Skating Association convention in Orlando, Fla. We both came away with the same theme—the opportunities to have a successful business are still out there—those […]

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Higher Gas Prices: The 2011 Season Outlook for Florida Amusement Parks

June 1, 2011 No Comments

It’s back. That dreaded scourge to operating budgets throughout the industry.  The malcontent that refuses to recognize fiscal years or finalized budgets.  Three words that bring chills to the ears of many amusement executives: higher gas prices. While some local parks do benefit from higher prices because vacationers generally end up staying closer to home […]

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Photo Booth Manufacturer Serves Clients Around the World

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Digital Centre, a family founded multinational corporation, has been serving the amusement industry since 1997 with factory and offices in Europe and America and authorized distributors around the globe. The company specializes in the manufacture of photo booths with sales in more than 45 countries, and thousands of the machines still operating. The units feature […]

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The Change Game: The Hottest Trends in Coin-op Games Throughout North America May Surprise You

The Change Game: The Hottest Trends in Coin-op Games Throughout North America May Surprise You

June 1, 2011 No Comments

If you think that arcades are a thing of the past thanks to home entertainment systems like Xbox and Wii, think again. Never have arcades been more popular among such a wide range of gamers. Look no further than Barcade in Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg section where old-school coin-op arcade games line a warehouse where one’s […]

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Redemption Games: Prizes Can Divert Attention from Handheld Devices

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Video may have killed the radio song, but now, it seems, smart phones have killed the video game. At least that’s been Mark Aikman’s experience. After spending time observing customers at popular game and amusement locations, Aikman, owner of Able Vending in El Paso, Texas, has noticed a shift in the way kids and teens […]

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Family Entertainment Center Trends for 2011 and Beyond

June 1, 2011 No Comments

The Industry Owls is a group of independent consultants, operators, trainers and educators who have come together with one purpose: to challenge the way you think. Their unique experience and expertise combines with an abundance of wisdom in the family entertainment and leisure industries to produce articles to help you become more successful in your […]

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Creating Memorable Moments: When Customer Service Isn’t Enough

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Remarkable experiences are defined as just that, moments in time you choose to remark about.  Engineering each guest visit at your family amusement or leisure business as a singular opportunity to create a remarkable experience adds a huge intangible value to your business.  If you can make each individual feel special, just like it was […]

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Adventure Golf Services has Products and Advice for FECs and More

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Bowling center operators are benefiting from new indoor and outdoor recreation products from Adventure Golf Services.  Centers seeking additional revenue centers can now add modular miniature golf, golf learning centers, multi-purpose sports and entertainment fields and game courts.   The company’s AnyWhereFields is a multi- purpose recreation sports fields to help monetize vacant land space. […]

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12 Top Tips for Successfully Adding Extras

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Take a close look at what you offer and make a list to target specific areas you could potentially and practically improve.  Part of this is to set goals about what you want to accomplish in terms of improving the experience of customers and increasing your bottom line. Don’t overlook any potential improvement.  They may […]

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Change that Works: Making Big Food Profits from Small Spaces

June 1, 2011 No Comments

At Zuma Fun Center in Pineville, N.C., the challenge of a modest kitchen space has been addressed with equipment that turns out food quickly and is a perfect fit with its small footprint. “We recently added a large Quik N’ Crispy greaseless fryer,” said Rick Klinghagen, the facility’s general manager. Part of a chain of […]

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Sponsors

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

American Changer

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Laser Star

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Knight Equipment

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

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.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Spectrum Sports

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Perfect Fry

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Store on Wheels

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Art Attack

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

Bulbtronics

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Penny Press

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

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.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Aquaventronics

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Embed

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Max Flight

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

Soft Play

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tear Repair

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Poly Products

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys