Archive for 2011

Three Secrets to BBQ Success

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Buy Quality: Even if you feature prepared foods on the menu, make sure you buy from reliable vendors. Quality counts when it comes to everything from ingredients to entrees. Visitors who are considering how much money to spend expect quality for their money, especially in tougher economic times. Think Differently: Incorporate regional flavors into the […]

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Kings of the Grill: <br />The Art and Science of Barbecue

Kings of the Grill:
The Art and Science of Barbecue

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Barbecue. It’s what’s for dinner (and lunch) at parks and attractions from Texas to Florida. The southern tradition not only borrows its flavors from longtime recipes that have been enjoyed by generations, but many of the dishes have been customized for family-friendly customers who are looking for a way to have a little fun – […]

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Five Tips for Controlling Food Service Payroll Costs at Zoos and Aquariums

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Hire wisely. Juanita Hernandez of the Lee Richardson Zoo said she seeks out employees who not only accept seasonal work, but prefer it. “This is a great job for teachers. I have one employee who is a teacher, and the part-time summer hours fit her schedule perfectly.” Weigh the pros and cons of engaging a […]

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Controlled Quality: Keeping Food Service Payroll Costs Down

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Steve Lopez swears by his spreadsheet. This document, which tracks labor percentage, daily earnings, weather and food service patterns from previous years at the Phoenix Zoo, is indispensible to Lopez, who is general manager of concessions. The data Lopez has compiled has not come easily– he said it is the culmination of years of observation […]

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Solid Strategies for Challenging Times

April 1, 2011 No Comments

My colleague Frank Seninsky and I have found that between a third and 50 percent of revenue for family entertainment centers, bowling facilities and skating rinks comes from food service. If you are not operating a well-rounded food service program, this is a great edition to pick up ideas and advice to expand and improve […]

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April / May 2011

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Food Service Spotlight AZA Report – Controlled Quality: Keeping Food Service Payroll Costs Down Observing and anticipating attendance and sales patterns is a crucial aspect of controlling food service payroll costs at zoos and aquariums. Although certain events – such as spring break or a new exhibit – may be “no-brainers” in terms of staffing […]

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Business Strategies: The Care and Maintenance of Leisure Entertainment Facilities

March 30, 2011 No Comments

March 30, 2011 For leisure entertainment facilities, ensuring that attractions remain clean and properly refurbished is as critical an element in cultivating repeat business as offering the right mix of “fun” and food service options. Given a choice, few visitors will return to a facility that appears dirty and run-down, and as the old adage […]

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Spotlight on Business Growth: Improving the Outlook For 2011

March 23, 2011 No Comments

March 23, 2011 While the worst part of what has almost unanimously been called the worst recession since the Great Depression is seemingly over, smart owners and managers of leisure entertainment facilities are looking for new ways to improve their profitability picture in 2011 and beyond. And adopting such a stance, rather than counting on […]

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Top Profit-Generating Food Menu Items at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

March 15, 2011 No Comments

March 15, 2011 Whether they are truly hungry and/or thirsty, or not, most guests of leisure entertainment facilities will purchase something to eat during their visit. While a wide variety of menu items have the potential for strong sales, some yield a higher profit than others. For many operations, the top-earning fare is that which […]

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Industry Focus: Adding New Attractions to Leisure Entertainment Facilities

March 7, 2011 No Comments

March 7, 2011 The question of whether to add a new attraction is one that all owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities ask themselves at one time or another. One good indicator that such a move may be appropriate is an absence of anything similar in the immediate area, noted David Peretz, founder and […]

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Sponsors

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Rio Syrup

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Formula K Raceways

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Perfect Fry

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Aquaventronics

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Soft Play

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Extreme Engineering

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

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.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Embed

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

Bulbtronics

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tear Repair

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Store on Wheels

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

American Changer

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Art Attack

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Max Flight

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Poly Products

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Laser Star

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Penny Press

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

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