Archive for 2011

International Laser Tag Association: <br />Marketing Outside Your Target

International Laser Tag Association:
Marketing Outside Your Target

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Laser tag facilities are often thought of to be strictly birthday or group destinations. While most facilities tend to focus on the most common group elements: birthday parties, church or scout group, corporate teambuilding, lock-ins and casual walk in traffic, there are whole other virtually untapped markets. With some creative ingenuity and a little effort, […]

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When the Product Is Fun
How to Increase Birthday Party Revenue

January 16, 2011 No Comments

While revenue is the bottom line in any business, you cannot lose sight of the product you are selling. And one of the products roller skating centers sell are birthday celebrations. How do you keep the birthday good times rolling while making a larger profit? Two Roller Skating Association International members shared some insight regarding […]

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Creating the Perfect Place to Play: <br/>Color and Music at Bowling Centers

Creating the Perfect Place to Play:
Color and Music at Bowling Centers

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Today’s bowling centers are a hub for corporate events, birthday parties and social get-togethers. To attract such a diverse following, bowling centers have to be about fun and entertainment.  Everything from the décor to the music that plays throughout the center has to express a sense of fun. As owner of Sempeck’s Bowling and Entertainment […]

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Bowling is Poised to Strike in 2011

January 16, 2011 No Comments

By numbers alone, the bowling industry can be very upbeat about its future.  The number of people who bowl is up.  More than 71 million consumers annually take to the lanes to bowl, an increase of more than 4 and-a-half percent over the previous year and the fourth year in a row of continued growth […]

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From Date Night to Family Time: <br />Top Tips for Expanding the Customer Base

From Date Night to Family Time:
Top Tips for Expanding the Customer Base

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Beverly Hendricks has witnessed the romantic magic of miniature golf. Recently, Hendricks and her colleagues at Embassy Miniature golf in San Antonio, Texas, had the chance to host the ultimate “date night”: a proposal on the 18th hole of the course. “He sent us an e-mail, explaining that he was about to pop the question,” […]

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A Dozen Main Considerations to Picking the Right Mix of Arcade Games

January 16, 2011 No Comments

There are many subtle considerations to take into account simultaneously when picking the right mix of games for an amusement entertainment center or game zone. I have divided games into the four general categories: Redemption (ticket dispensing), Merchandise Dispensing, Video (must have a monitor), and Novelty (a catch-all that includes everything else remaining such as […]

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Schlitterbahn  Waterparks: Leading  the  Industry  with Expansion  and  Innovation

Schlitterbahn Waterparks: Leading the Industry with Expansion and Innovation

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Since Bob and Billye Henry first began creating what would eventually become the world’s first water resort, the Henry family has exemplified a commitment to developing new and innovative parks, rides, and technologies while keeping the focus on family friendly amenities and values. “Not only have we created industry-firsts such as the Boogie Bahn surf […]

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Adding Value to Out-Of-Home Experiences

January 16, 2011 No Comments

The theme of our industry report for an upbeat yet highly competitive 2011 is “Adding Value to Out-of-Home Experiences.” Combining food with experiences is one that many forward-thinking businesses are focusing on. Single anchor entertainment facilities have been expanding and adding additional attractions and beefing up their food and beverage components for the past several […]

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Leadership By Example: A Profile of Disney’s Erin Wallace

January 16, 2011 No Comments

In tough economic times, a big operational challenge can be keeping up employee morale and guest satisfaction.  That’s why effective leadership training plays a key role in moving an organization forward in a positive and productive way. Nowhere is this strategy embraced more than at the Walt Disney World Resort where company executives promote a […]

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Spotlight on Carnivals – Gibsonton Update
The Outlook for Carnivals In Changing Times

January 16, 2011 No Comments

From spring through fall, traveling carnivals dot the North American landscape appearing at state and county fairs plus regional events and festivals.  While they vary in size, many carnivals are still family owned operations that have been in existence for many generations.  Carnivals face unique challenges in their operation. Their success depends on factors such […]

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Sponsors

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Brunswick Bowling

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Aquaventronics

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

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.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Penny Press

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Perfect Fry

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

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.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Rio Syrup

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Spectrum Sports

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Extreme Engineering

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Tear Repair

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Laser Star

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Embed

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Store on Wheels

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Knight Equipment

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

Poly Products

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Art Attack

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Formula K Raceways

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

Soft Play

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Bulbtronics

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Max Flight

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Johnny Rockets
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Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys