Archive for 2011

Extreme Engineering Is Debuting Two New Products at IAAPA: The Zippin Zone™ and Balloon Battles

Extreme Engineering Is Debuting Two New Products at IAAPA: The Zippin Zone™ and Balloon Battles

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Extreme Engineering, the largest supplier in climbing walls, Extreme Airs™ and adventure products in the world, will be debuting two new products for the entertainment industry, the Zippin Zone™ mobile zipline and the Balloon Battles cannon launcher, at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. The Zippin Zone™ zipline uses many of the company’s patented safety features, such […]

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Staying a Bounce Ahead:
Making an Informed Next-Purchase Decision

November 2, 2011 No Comments

By Linda M. Barba Could John Scurlock, the mechanical engineer whose serendipitous creation of the first inflatable structure in 1959, have imagined the many innovative varieties of bouncers that would one day be available?  It’s very likely even the inventor would be surprised his first “space walk” – born from an inflatable tennis court cover […]

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Campground Trends: A Walk in the Park How State Parks Keep Campers Active and Entertained

November 2, 2011 No Comments

For those who enjoy the outdoors and long for a fantastic camping adventure, State Parks are often the destination of choice.  With the wide variety of available activities, such as hiking, fishing and nature programs, these scenic parks attract both families and individuals who wish to take in the spectacular views and relax amidst nature. […]

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A Walk in the Park:
How State Parks Keep Campers Active and Entertained

November 2, 2011 No Comments

For those who enjoy the outdoors and long for a fantastic camping adventure, State Parks are often the destination of choice.  With the wide variety of available activities, such as hiking, fishing and nature programs, these scenic parks attract both families and individuals who wish to take in the spectacular views and relax amidst nature. […]

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Caring for Trees at Zoos: <br />Enhancing Aesthetics and Preserving a Healthy Ecosystem

Caring for Trees at Zoos:
Enhancing Aesthetics and Preserving a Healthy Ecosystem

November 2, 2011 No Comments

When guests visit zoos, they do not always notice the trees immediately, but when they seek out shelter from the heat or when they enjoy the realistic design of an exhibit, they start to see the important role trees play. As Parks Director for the Cape May County Zoo and Park, in Cape May Court […]

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Walking the Line:
Food Concessionaries Balance Novelties and Staples

November 2, 2011 No Comments

By Jennifer Byrne Connie McKinney will not be sold on deep fried butter. Even though the hot new concession item was the big buzz at the 2011 Iowa State Fair, McKinney is less than wowed by the notion of a whole stick of butter dipped in batter, deep-fried, and coated in a sugary glaze. “I […]

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The Importance of Branding:
Answering the Question of Why Guests Should Visit Your Attraction

November 2, 2011 No Comments

By Frank Seninsky, President/CEO, Amusement Entertainment Management and Scott Borowsky, President and Executive Editor, Tourist Attractions & Parks In today’s tough economy, every out-of-home business is trying to capture the consumers’ leisure entertainment dollars while the consumer is watching every penny and always looking for a deal.  So why should people come to your place […]

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News from Coast to Coast Entertainment

News from Coast to Coast Entertainment

November 2, 2011 No Comments

At the recent GTI China show in Guangzhou, China, Sayreville, N.J.’s Coast to Coast Entertainment along with their exclusive worldwide partner for the new Friction two-player shooting video game, China Star Games, announced that they have assigned the exclusive territory for Mainland China the sole rights for sales of the hit game. The company has […]

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Betson Enterprises Awarded Video Gaming Distributor License

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Betson Enterprises, the largest worldwide distributor of coin-operated equipment and a division of H. Betti Industries Inc., has announced that they have been issued an Illinois Video Gaming distributor license. As a result of a decision by the Illinois Gaming Board, Betson will be able to market and sell Video Gaming Terminals in the Illinois […]

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Fiesta Plush Toys  Announces New Plush Styles for the Prize Redemption Market, Featuring Hello Kitty® and Other Sanrio Characters, and a Mameshiba Licensing Agreement With Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc.

Fiesta Plush Toys Announces New Plush Styles for the Prize Redemption Market, Featuring Hello Kitty® and Other Sanrio Characters, and a Mameshiba Licensing Agreement With Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc.

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Fiesta Plush Toys is introducing new plush styles for the prize redemption market, featuring Hello Kitty® and other iconic Sanrio characters. In other news, Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. has signed a new licensing agreement with Fiesta, to produce a collection of plush toys for the prize redemption market, featuring Mameshiba characters. The initial offering of […]

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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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