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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Embed

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

Max Flight

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Extreme Engineering

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Penny Press

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Bulbtronics

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

Aquaventronics

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Laser Star

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

Rio Syrup

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Cost of Wisconson

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

American Changer

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

Poly Products

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Perfect Fry

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

Store on Wheels

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Soft Play

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Spectrum Sports

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Tear Repair

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Knight Equipment

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Art Attack

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

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