Archive for 2011

Soft Play Debuts Largest Project in Company History at Great Waves Waterpark in Alexandria, Va.

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Soft Play, LLC, the manufacturer of commercial playground systems, debuted their latest and largest project in company history at Great Waves Waterpark at Cameron Run Regional Park in Virginia last summer. Soft Play utilized state-of-the-art Dura Frame technology to create the largest play structure of its kind in the world. “We were looking to make a big impact,” […]

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News from the Waterpark Industry

November 2, 2011 No Comments

The World Waterpark Association (WWA) Board of Directors recently announced that it selected SplashTacular, Inc. to receive the 2011 Industry Innovation Award for Suppliers for its 360Rush waterslide. The award recognizes supplies who have developed new concepts, products or services that benefit WWA members, their customers and the water attractions industry. In other news, SplashTacular’s […]

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One-of-a-Kind Fun: For Alburquerque, the Sole Indoor Waterpark Is a Solid Hit

One-of-a-Kind Fun: For Alburquerque, the Sole Indoor Waterpark Is a Solid Hit

November 2, 2011 No Comments

In the arid climate of New Mexico, in a city of mountains and desert, there is a place where people can surf waves moving at up to 30 mph – in the middle of winter. Opened in 2010, the Radisson Hotel & Waterpark in Albuquerque has literally brought thousands of gallons of aquatic fun to […]

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November 2011

November 2, 2011 No Comments

IAAPA COVER FEATURE A Games and Food Prototype – New Florida Johnny Rockets Blasts Off Toward Fun Times and tastes change and smart businesses adapt to those shifts.  A classic case in point is happening at the Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Fla.  There, Johnny Rockets franchise owners Kyle and Ken Eldridge have teamed up […]

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Park Visitor Health and Safety: <br />A Focus on Feeling-Good Guests

Park Visitor Health and Safety:
A Focus on Feeling-Good Guests

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Amusement park officials want visitors not only to enjoy the rides and attractions but to feel safe as well. Many parks have Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) on staff as well as employees trained and certified as first responders who are there for sickness, injuries and heat-related issues. Coney Island Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, welcomes more […]

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Wattman Mini Express Now Equipped with New Anti-Collision System

Wattman Mini Express Now Equipped with New Anti-Collision System

November 2, 2011 No Comments

The new Anti-Collision System (ACS) from Wattman Trains and Trams improves the safety of the general public when the train is used in busy or confined areas. It works by using state-of-the-art ultrasonic detectors to sense objects, persons and obstructions that may loom in the path of the train. When an obstruction is detected, the […]

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Dressing the Park: The Significance of Guest Dress Codes

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Many of the industry’s larger parks and resorts focus heavily on the family vacation market—a segment that remains one of the travel industry’s largest.  While there are many ways to reach out to family vacationers, many amusement operators emphasize family friendly shows and attractions as their main tool.  These can be very effective, but another […]

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Janice Weiss: A Long and Distinguished Career of Achievement and Professionalism

November 2, 2011 No Comments

After 39 years with Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine, Janice Weiss, publisher emeritus and a valuable member of the advertising sales team, is retiring. During her career Weiss has logged countless hours making phone calls, traveling to trade shows, snapping photographs and building relationships with vendors who have become more family members than clients. Her […]

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Ilica Spa and Wellness Resort Expands with Aquatoy City

Ilica Spa and Wellness Resort Expands with Aquatoy City

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Ilica Spa and wellness Resort in Cesme, Turkey, recently opened Aquatoy City, a new waterpark addition to the facility. Situated on the crystal blue Agean Sea, not far from the main city of Izmir, the project in this popular resort area includes a central restaurant and spa facility, new waterslide complex, leisure pool, lazy river and children’s […]

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Cotton Candy Vending / Intermatic Manufacturing, Inc. Announces Staff Promotions

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Cotton Candy Vending/Intermatic Manu-facturing, Inc.’s Michael Annett has been promoted to Manager of Product Development and Bill Britton has moved up to become Product Support Specialist. Annett earned his degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ulster, where he also gained his post-graduate diploma in Electronics and Signal processing. He has been part of […]

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Sponsors

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Max Flight

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Embed

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Knight Equipment

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Extreme Engineering

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

Perfect Fry

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Bulbtronics

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

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.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Soft Play

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Poly Products

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Rio Syrup

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

Penny Press

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Art Attack

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Laser Star

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Aquaventronics

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

American Changer

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Tear Repair

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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