Archive for 2011

It Came From the Depths: <br />Haunted Attractions Trends that Surfaced in 2011

It Came From the Depths:
Haunted Attractions Trends that Surfaced in 2011

November 1, 2011 No Comments

For some haunts Halloween comes once a year, for others it lasts all year long. Those ghoul-enamored proprietors that keep one sanguine eye peeled for audience reactions conclude it’s not all blood and gore that visitors want, and design accordingly. “Generally visitors are seeking out thrills and as popular as roller coasters are for getting […]

Tourist Attractions & Parks Hosts Lively, Well-Attended Educational Seminar…

Tourist Attractions & Parks Hosts Lively, Well-Attended Educational Seminar…

November 1, 2011 No Comments

…Covering Waterpark Food Service at the World Waterpark Association’s 31st Annual Symposium & Trade Show

A Focus on Affordability: Creating Food Value at Waterparks

A Focus on Affordability: Creating Food Value at Waterparks

November 1, 2011 No Comments

After paying the price of admission into waterparks, hungry patrons are not looking to shell out big dollars for their meals.  With the economy in its current state, food and beverage departments have made some changes in their menus to reflect an awareness of these more conservative times.  From a la carte options to combo […]


How Many Bosses Do Your Employees Really Have?

October 31, 2011 No Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel This may appear to be a redundant question: How Many Bosses Do Your Employees Really Have? You might say “one,” but it probably is more than you think. Who Is a Boss? Most employees will respond to any person of a higher rank, but, ideally, an employee should only have to […]


Keeping Food Service Equipment in
Top Shape at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

October 31, 2011 No Comments

Investing in food service equipment is a smart move for owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities; after all, food service has the potential to significantly bolster the bottom line. However, getting the most from any food service equipment acquisition is contingent on keeping that equipment in top shape. Proper food service equipment maintenance starts […]

Stoelting to Exhibit 3D Glasses Cleaner at IAAPA

Stoelting to Exhibit 3D Glasses Cleaner at IAAPA

October 28, 2011 No Comments

Stoelting Cleaning Equipment will be introducing its new 2500-3D, a state of the art 3D glasses cleaner, at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Fla., in Booth #3064. The 2500-3D is an aqueous batch cleaning system that automatically cleans 3D glasses to a high degree of cleanliness, removing light oils such as finger prints […]


Business Strategies: The Importance of Uniforms at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

October 17, 2011 No Comments

Like most employers, owners and operators of many leisure entertainment facilities support the unique characteristics of everyone who works for them. However, when it comes to attire, they favor a bit less individuality and, accordingly, mandate that staff members wear uniforms. While some employees may balk at the prospect of donning the same clothing as […]


Staying Connected Through Stories

October 10, 2011 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel People ask me how I collect so many business and personal stories. Well, our family has been blessed with good memories and the ability to gather events from daily life; applying them to lessons learned. Why Are They Needed Social network organizations identified that we were becoming a socially fractured society. […]


Business Strategies: Attracting Patrons to Leisure Entertainment Facilities with Coin-Operated Games

October 5, 2011 No Comments

Coin-operated games can not only be a lucrative business for leisure entertainment facilities; they can help to attract patrons as well. However, this is the case only when operators go the extra mile to make the games more appealing to patrons. “Games aren’t necessarily going to be the ‘draw’ for someone to come into a […]


September / October 2011

September 27, 2011 No Comments

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Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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


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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Knight Equipment

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Formula K Raceways

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


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Family Fun Corp.

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.


Laser maze challenge

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Poly Products

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Cost of Wisconson

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.


Manufacturer of waterslides

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Max Flight

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Penny Press

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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


Evaporative snow systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Spectrum Sports

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Perfect Fry

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Tear Repair

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Soft Play

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.


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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Store on Wheels

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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


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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Laser Star

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

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.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

American Changer

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


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Art Attack

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

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.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.


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.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

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.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.