Archive for 2011

Imagine, Build, Play – Creating Interactive Water Attractions

Imagine, Build, Play – Creating Interactive Water Attractions

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The dictionary defines “interactive” as simply “acting one upon or with the other” or “providing output based on input from the user.” Yet when you combine the concept of interactivity with water attractions, you open up a new world for children and adults to be engaged and entertained in an environment that takes “cause and […]

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Anne Vryonides Joins Benchmark Games as Director of Marketing

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Anne Vryonides has joined the staff of Benchmark Games as Director of Marketing.  She will be handling the day-to-day marketing for the Florida-based redemption games manufacturer in the areas of advertising, sales and communications.  Her primary focus will be the development of new business in both the domestic and international market. “Anne is an accomplished […]

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Glo Cone International LLC Offers the Glo Bucket

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Glo Cone International LLC now offers the novelty food product item the Glo Bucket. The Glo Bucket can be used for popcorn, cotton candy, mini donuts, kettle corn or a multitude of other food items. It can also hold a variety of liquids, such as mixed drinks or lemonade. This new item is more than […]

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Falgas Wins Awards at IAAPA Attractions Expo, Elaut USA Acquires Falgas Line

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Elaut USA, Inc., based in Lakewood, N.J., has announced their appointment as the Master Distributor for Falgas kiddie rides in the United States and Canada, and industry veteran Paul Jacobs has been tapped to spearhead the sales effort. “I am extremely pleased to be joining forces with Elaut USA to represent Falgas here in North […]

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Advice to Improve Your Business Outlook

February 2, 2011 No Comments

The leisure entertainment and amusement business is an evolving industry where the chance to learn and grow as an owner, manager or staff member is always present, a fact pointed out in this issue’s Business Strategies column. It’s very true that the poor economy has in no way spared out-of-home entertainment, but it also presents […]

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February / March 2011

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Waves 18    Imagine, Build, Play – Creating Interactive Water Attractions The dictionary defines “interactive” as simply “acting one upon or with the other” or “providing output based on input from the user.” Yet when you combine the concept of interactivity with water attractions, you open up a new world for children and adults to be […]

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Spotlight on Promotions: Top Tips for Marketing Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 26, 2011 No Comments

January 26, 2011 There’s no question that advertising can play a key role in attracting visitors to leisure entertainment facilities—and keeping them coming back. However, marketing is an equally effective, less costly way to get the job done—providing initiatives extend beyond merely distributing colorful literature and sticking with similar “old school” methodologies. One of the […]

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Top Tips for Obtaining the Best Insurance Package

January 16, 2011 No Comments

January 16, 2011 While they hopefully happen only rarely, visitor and employee accidents and property damage do occur at leisure entertainment facilities of all types, from family fun parks and miniature golf courses to museums and zoos. Insurance is essential to minimizing the financial consequences of such incidents, but the cost of coverage itself can […]

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Starting an Inflatable Party Rental Business
What to Embrace and What to Avoid

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Flexibility and a large, varied target market make starting an inflatables rental business a viable option for many would-be operators. “Done right, it definitely works,” said Richard Atchison, owner of 3-year-old Jump N Bounce Fun in Naugatuck, Conn. “The money can be incredible.” Atchison believes that doing his homework truly helped him to put Jump […]

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The Greening of Museums: <br />An Environmentally Friendly Approach to Art, Science and History Institutions

The Greening of Museums:
An Environmentally Friendly Approach to Art, Science and History Institutions

January 16, 2011 No Comments

As the notion of “going green” permeates most every aspect of 21st century life, more and more museums are finding ways to play a part in the movement. And for most of the “greenest” museums in the country, playing it ecologically safe also means saving money. At the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, Pa., the […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

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.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Bulbtronics

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

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.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tear Repair

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Perfect Fry

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Poly Products

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Aquaventronics

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Laser Star

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

American Changer

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Art Attack

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Formula K Raceways

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

Embed

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Max Flight

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

Soft Play

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Penny Press

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys