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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Bulbtronics

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

Aquaventronics

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Embed

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

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.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Art Attack

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Max Flight

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Laser Star

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Extreme Engineering

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

American Changer

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Poly Products

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tear Repair

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Brunswick Bowling

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Spectrum Sports

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

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.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Soft Play

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

Penny Press

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

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.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Knight Equipment

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Store on Wheels

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Perfect Fry

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Rio Syrup

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

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