Archive for 2011

Safety and Security Questions You Might Not Want to Hear

April 1, 2011 No Comments

What does safety mean to a family fun center? Oh boy, you should not have asked me this question. This could be a two-day seminar, not an article. This article is not for the weak, or timid. The questions below should be read only after taking some Pepto Bismol or something equivalent. I am not […]

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Customer Service Translates into a Perfect Game for Pro-Shop Owners

April 1, 2011 No Comments

If  Tony Reyes had to point out what makes a pro-shop successful, he would say customer interaction. As a PBA athlete and pro-shop owner at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., he knows that his customers count on him not only for the right equipment but for tips and instruction on how to be […]

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Pro-Shops Offer Bowling Center Customers Both Sound Equipment and Sound Advice

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Bowling centers know that if their customers enjoy the game, they will come back for more. To inspire their customers to become better bowlers, many centers have added a pro-shop.  Run as independent entities, the pro shop offers bowlers advice not only on what equipment to use, but also advice and sometimes coaching on how […]

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Food at Bowling Centers: Advice to Maximize Your Profits

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Consumer discretionary income has dwindled with the economy, and furthermore has been divided by even more cost-effective and attractive offers from your competitors.  Consumers are developing into better shoppers and have become much more conscious of how they spend their money.  As a businessperson, it is vital to put your establishment at the forefront of […]

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A Divine Place to Be:<br />Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

A Divine Place to Be:
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Just as Mount Olympus was the divine kingdom of the Olympian gods and the most worshipped place in Greece, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, located in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is quickly making its mark in history, one mile at a time.  The Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park complex covers a total area of […]

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Anticipating a Season to Remember: A Summer 2011 Preview

April 1, 2011 No Comments

With winter behind us in most places and summer creeping closer, now is a great time to preview what the industry’s larger parks and resorts have in store for this year’s peak season.  While none of these parks will offer something as big as Universal Orlando’s 2010 boy wonder named Harry Potter, several are bringing […]

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2011: Lessons Learned from the First Quarter

April 1, 2011 No Comments

The first quarter of any year usually sets the tone for the rest of the year and 2011’s first quarter has been quite interesting.  The major events unfolding as this issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks goes to press are the uprisings in North Africa (Libya in particular), the horrible earthquake disaster in Japan and […]

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An Industry Association Worldview: Coming Together for Perspective and Profit

April 1, 2011 No Comments

The amusement and the attraction trade share a number of common ideals, one of these is an innate belief in the need for an associational structure. The feeling is that an industry dealing with the public has to be drawn towards trade bodies and organizational structure as some kind of talisman of protection. For many […]

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The Main Course Toward Perfect Parties: <br />Making the Food Fit the Special Event at Destination Locations

The Main Course Toward Perfect Parties:
Making the Food Fit the Special Event at Destination Locations

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Food is an essential ingredient in throwing a successful party, especially one hosted at a venue. Whether a client knows exactly what they want or not, it’s up to the staff to guide the choices so the menu will be sure to please the client and the guests. And at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, on […]

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A Chef’s Take on Barbecue

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Aaron Banks, director of food service for Carowinds Park in Charlotte, N.C., dishes on pulled pork, the southern tradition and why barbecue is so popular at theme parks today: Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine: What type of barbecued foods do you offer? Aaron Banks: Carowinds offers a wide variety of barbecued foods, including hand-pulled pork, […]

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Sponsors

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

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.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

American Changer

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

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Embed

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Spectrum Sports

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Art Attack

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Bulbtronics

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Rio Syrup

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Soft Play

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Max Flight

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Aquaventronics

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Poly Products

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Perfect Fry

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

Penny Press

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Extreme Engineering

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tear Repair

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

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.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Spectrum
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