Archive for 2011

Focus on Improving Guest Satisfaction in 2011

March 1, 2011 No Comments

March 1, 2011 With so many options from which to choose, few consumers will even consider returning to a leisure entertainment facility at which they had a less-than-positive experience. And while bearing this in mind is important no matter the economic climate, it is especially critical today: Despite the recovery, consumers continue to exercise great […]

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Tips to Improve Your Business: Preventative and Routine Maintenance for Leisure Entertainment Facilities

February 21, 2011 No Comments

February 21, 2011 Handling maintenance isn’t the most exciting part of owning and/or operating a leisure entertainment facility, that honor probably goes to such tasks as selecting new rides and attractions or coming up with new promotions. However, proper preventative and routine maintenance is a must, for the safety of all guests, as well as […]

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Tips to Improve Your Business: Getting the Menu Right at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

February 14, 2011 No Comments

February 14, 2011 Most, if not all leisure entertainment facilities offer some type of foodservice component, but many operate it as an afterthought, giving little real consideration to the type of items available there. However, this is a short-sighted method of operation, because by many industry estimates, a well-thought-out, quality foodservice component can account for […]

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February/March 2011

February 2, 2011 No Comments

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It’s a Wrap: Halloween 2010 <br/>Reflections on Last Season and the Future

It’s a Wrap: Halloween 2010
Reflections on Last Season and the Future

February 2, 2011 No Comments

For thrill-seekers desiring to look fear in the eye, the Halloween season is eagerly anticipated. Across the country, haunted attractions aim to provide the most intense, heart-thumping experience to spook these gluttons for terror.  A look into the 2010 season reveals some hits and misses of this past year and sheds light into new ways […]

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Friedman Insurance Offers Specialized Insurance for Inflatable Rental Companies, Family Fun Centers and Related Amusement Attractions

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Friedman Insurance works independently for its customers and searches the insurance markets to find the best in price and coverage it can find.  The company only works with “A” rated insurance carriers for strong market stability and reliable claims service.  Choosing an insurance professional to talk to and ultimately represent you doesn’t need to be […]

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How Amusement Rental Companies Help Clients Get the Party Planning Right

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Matt Gershaw, general manager of All Season Rent-All in Greenwood Village, Colo., frequently deals with the customer demographic affectionately known as “Bridezilla.” Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that Gershaw considers patience to be the most important attribute in a party planner. “Patience and a willingness to listen are definitely important,” said Gershaw. “You have to […]

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Harnessing Technology to Improve the Guest Experience at Zoos and Aquariums

Harnessing Technology to Improve the Guest Experience at Zoos and Aquariums

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The Internet, social media and smart phones are common tools for obtaining information in everyday life. However, technology is also helping zoos and aquariums inform and educate their guests and the public on animals that live both on land and beneath the sea. The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre in British Columbia, Canada, has always […]

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Special Events Ride a Wave of Popularity at Maritime Museums

Special Events Ride a Wave of Popularity at Maritime Museums

February 2, 2011 No Comments

When guests attend private events at maritime museums, they are looking to enjoy a unique party experience. The private events also give museums the opportunity to showcase their galleries and educate the guests on regional maritime history and the importance of preserving the marine environment. In 2005, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum purchased 34,000 square […]

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Amusement and Waterpark Food Service <br/>Responding to Last Season’s Decreased Guest Spending

Amusement and Waterpark Food Service
Responding to Last Season’s Decreased Guest Spending

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Amusement park and waterpark guests’ per cap spending has been sliding up and down from park to park in the last few years. To enliven spending on food, value for the dollar is one of the main ingredients on many projected park menus for the 2011 season. Though the economy hit in-park spending hard at […]

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Sponsors

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Brunswick Bowling

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Aquaventronics

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Spectrum Sports

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Bulbtronics

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

Laser Star

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tear Repair

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Poly Products

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Rio Syrup

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Penny Press

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Soft Play

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Max Flight

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

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.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Store on Wheels

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

Knight Equipment

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

American Changer

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

Perfect Fry

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Art Attack

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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

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