Archive for 2011

Toy and Sticker Sales Reflect Popular Culture and Faithful Old-Fashioned Favorites

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Bulk vending, which represents less than 1 percent of the total vending industry, can be a successful business venture when given the right amount of planning and sales expertise. Toys and stickers are a common choice to fill bulk vending machines, which are primarily located in grocery stores, restaurants, Laundromats and malls. To attract the […]

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The Outlook for the Amusement Vending Industry

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Several ripple effects of change cascading upon the amusement vending industry challenge the best of owner operators to adjust and yet hold on to what has sustained them over all their years in the business. The reactions of their location customers to business declines, however, test reflexes. They’re facing dramatically tough times in Ohio, where […]

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Off-Season Maintenance – Tips to Make the Most of Winter

February 2, 2011 No Comments

When golf balls quit rolling on the mini course and go karts slow to an idle and stop in the pond after Labor Day, activities in the park don’t wind to a halt just because the patrons are gone. It just changes and shifts from recreation to renovation, presenting challenges to overcome and maintenance steps […]

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Daniels Wood Land, Inc. Offers Shooting-Gallery-In-a-Box

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Daniels Wood Land, Inc. (DWL) has announced a new line called “Shooting-Gallery-In-A-Box.” “We’ve created these cost effective packages for the folks who have the desire and ability to build some sweat equity into an entertaining, revenue-generating attraction. We’re offering three budget-minded packages that target different levels of ambition. Each package includes the same powerful, innovative […]

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Rolling a Strike with Food and Beverage – Making Real Money With Real Food

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The beauty of bowling is you don’t have to be a pro to throw a few games and have some fun. Bowling also packs a lot of value into one activity, it’s interactive, gets you moving and is still relatively affordable. Adding to its widespread appeal: you don’t even have to leave the building for […]

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Financing In The Brave New World

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Now that our economy is beginning to pick up some steam, many project developers have become re-engaged in the process of launching new entertainment projects. In actuality, the time couldn’t be better, as a combination of a depressed commercial real estate market, an eager construction industry, and an aggressive supplier-pricing environment provide an exceptional foundation […]

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Advice for Creating Memorable Moments

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The Signature Move Owners and mangers, create your very own signature move to leaves a powerful impression. Guests recognized by owners and top management feel extra important. Picking out the birthday child and showing off your signature move adds a deposit to the TLC (tender loving care) bank account that birthday parties are all about. […]

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Incorporating the Pay-Per-Attraction Element into the Single Admission Scenario

February 2, 2011 No Comments

When the modern theme park era began in the early 20th century, the business model was generally based on a “pay-per-attraction” system where guests would buy separate tickets for access to individual rides or shows. So popular was this approach that it continued throughout the 20th century, including the 1972 opening of Walt Disney World […]

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Industry Trade Shows and Training Seminars – Making a Solid Choice for Life-Long Learning

February 2, 2011 No Comments

During challenging economic times there are usually more opportunities to make money by creating a niche market or by just simply increasing your market share. The reasons are quite simple to understand, most people are afraid of change or are just plain lazy and complacent—even while they are witnessing first hand their business revenues decreasing. […]

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Maintenance Services Are Available from SplashTacular

February 2, 2011 No Comments

SplashTacular® offers maintenance services that keep your slides and water play elements looking new and fresh. The company’s maintenance services include simple scratch repairs, replacement of worn-out decking material and recoating and repair of damaged components. Regardless of who manufactured your slide, you can invest in a maintenance program from SplashTacular that not only increases […]

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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.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Aquaventronics

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Knight Equipment

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Soft Play

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Max Flight

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Perfect Fry

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Poly Products

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

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.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Formula K Raceways

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Art Attack

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Store on Wheels

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Penny Press

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

American Changer

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Laser Star

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Bulbtronics

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

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.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Tear Repair

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

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