Archive for 2011

TAP’s New Online Look

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks’ online presence continues to grow, and we hope you will visit the magazine’s redesigned Web site at www.tapmag.com. The site features more informative stories in addition to what is offered in the print version, as well as an archive of our weekly eNewsletter and a new leisure entertainment business management blog […]

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Business Strategies: The Benefits of Digital Signage at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

May 17, 2011 No Comments

May 17, 2011 Owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities will almost certainly continue to use traditional signage in some way or other at their operations. However, recent years have seen a continued interest and uptick in the deployment of digital signage as well. Digital signage is a type of electronic display that shows information, […]

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Business Strategies: Finding, Training and Retaining Employees

May 10, 2011 No Comments

May 10, 2011 Good employees are the “backbone” of every leisure entertainment facility, to keep operations running smoothly as well as to ensure top-notch customer service. Finding, training and retaining good workers cannot be left to chance; it must be a very methodical process. Tapping the resources of existing employees ranks among the best ways […]

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Historical Safety, Proactive or Reactive?

May 6, 2011 No Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Welcome back – I am looking forward to seeing your comments on our new management topic. I hope you enjoy what you read and gain some insight into this topic. Please post your comments to be shared with all readers. Thanks to the Disney folks for their kind words last month. […]

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Business Strategies: Planning the Perfect Special Event

May 3, 2011 No Comments

May 3, 2011 Special events can generate significant revenue for leisure entertainment facilities of all kinds. However, the business can get out of hand—or never really become viable—unless a few key strategies are always followed. One critical piece of this puzzle is going to great lengths to find out as many details as possible about […]

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Understanding Programs, Policies, and Procedures

April 27, 2011 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Welcome to Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine’s Management Blog. I hope you like what you read and post your comments, so together we can generate good ideas and advice in the all-important area of amusement facility management. As a business professional, it drives me crazy when I see managers who do […]

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Strategies to Improve Your Business: Providing Good Customer Service at Mini-Golf and Driving Range Facilities

April 20, 2011 No Comments

April 20, 2011 Mini-golf and driving range facilities have a lot of innate appeal, but with so many available places to play, smart owners and managers must go the extra mile to ensure that their operations remain at the top of customers’ list. Offering top-notch customer service helps to get the job done. Patrons’ attitude […]

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Strategies to Improve Your Business: Enlivening Attractions with Lighting and Special Effects

April 7, 2011 No Comments

April 7, 2011  Consumers are looking to get more and more for their money when they visit leisure entertainment facilities. Using innovative lighting and special effects is one key way to give them what they want. While the primary purpose of lighting is, of course, illumination, operators might also consider the idea of leveraging it […]

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Food Service Equipment for Hits, and How to Avoid Misses

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Whether you are stocking a snack bar, concession stand or café, you must find food equipment that works best for your business needs. Consider space, time and cost before jumping into a new product. Here are a six quick tips courtesy of John Evans, senior vice president, Gold Medal Products, Co. To ensure you make […]

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Why Attend the Laser Tag Convention

April 1, 2011 No Comments

With no shortage of entertainment trade shows and conventions to fill your year with, the question laser tag entrepreneurs might ask is, “Why should I attend the Laser Tag Convention in Orlando this May 1 – 5?” What a great question! My initial answer is in our tagline, it’s the only convention designed with you […]

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Sponsors

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.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Penny Press

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

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.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Max Flight

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Store on Wheels

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Soft Play

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Aquaventronics

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Laser Star

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Art Attack

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Bulbtronics

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Tear Repair

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Poly Products

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Formula K Raceways

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

Perfect Fry

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Knight Equipment

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

American Changer

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Rio Syrup

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Spectrum Sports

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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