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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Cost of Wisconson

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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.

Soft Play

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Extreme Engineering

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Spectrum Sports

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Bulbtronics

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Max Flight

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

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.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Aquaventronics

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

American Changer

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Penny Press

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Perfect Fry

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Laser Star

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Knight Equipment

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Store on Wheels

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

Art Attack

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

Tear Repair

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Rio Syrup

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

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