Archive for 2011

Business Strategies: New Innovations in Lighting for Leisure Entertainment Facilities

September 26, 2011 No Comments

Owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities are paying increased attention to their lighting systems. In some cases, illumination is becoming a contributor to the visitor experience and, in many cases, a way to attract a broader range of customers. In others, lighting retrofit initiatives are being undertaken in an effort to conserve energy and […]

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The Latest Special Effects at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

September 21, 2011 No Comments

Increasingly, leisure entertainment facilities of all types are using a variety of special effects to keep guests entertained. Nowhere is this more evident than at haunted attractions. Jason’s Woods Haunted Attractions in Lancaster, Pa. features nine different attractions: Horrifying Hayride, Barn of Terror, Pirates Revenge 3D, Mystery Maze, Macabre Museum, Pitch Black, Psycho Circus, Escape […]

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Customer Service Lessons from Goats

September 21, 2011 4 Comments

Customer Service! Everyone has a customer service story. So do I. However, I hope to give you an angle that you may not have encountered. Understanding the Problem My brother, Warren, and I were managing a western amusement park in California. We received a call that there was a guest complaint at our petting zoo. […]

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Tips to Improve Your Business Outlook: Serving the Youngest Patrons at Waterparks

September 12, 2011 No Comments

While toddlers and preschoolers may not be the primary target audience for waterparks, savvy waterpark operators are going the extra mile to accommodate such young patrons in an effort to maintain a competitive edge. Their rationale: Families with children of different ages want to frequent a waterpark that offers something other than a wading pool […]

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The Relevance of Tokens and Tickets in a Cashless Society

September 6, 2011 No Comments

From credit and debit cards, to electronic gift cards, to payment by mobile phone, society is becoming increasingly cashless. Such a trend has extended to leisure entertainment facilities, with stored-value cards replacing tokens on the game operation side and redemption often handled with plastic cards instead of tickets. However, tokens and tickets alike continue to […]

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Just for the Kids<br /> Keeping the Fun Child-centered at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Facilities

Just for the Kids
Keeping the Fun Child-centered at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Facilities

September 1, 2011 No Comments

A large part of making your attraction family friendly is to ensure that you find ways to make it a place where kids want to be.  Being a kid-centric destination starts by not overlooking the basics.  Here’s how some industry professionals are making sure that their operations appeal to younger people by keeping them not […]

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Talking Turkey:
How Bowling Centers Improve the Outlook for Food and Beverage Sales

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Bowlers know what they go to the bowling center for. Whether they think further to include a meal   may hinge on the venue’s presentation, what’s offered on the menu and on how good a deal it is. And arriving at what works for what crowd may take some trial and error from season to season. […]

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Where Cool Heads Prevail: <br />Strategies to Keep Zoo Guests Comfortable in the Heat of the Season

Where Cool Heads Prevail:
Strategies to Keep Zoo Guests Comfortable in the Heat of the Season

September 1, 2011 No Comments

The summer months provide the biggest boon in zoo attendance, but when crippling heat hovers for an extended period of time, zoo directors have to find ways to keep both animals and guests comfortable. The 500-acre North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, N.C., is the first zoo designed as a natural-habitat facility, which means the […]

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Making a Big Splash<br />Waterparks Strive to Thrill Guests with the Right Rides

Making a Big Splash
Waterparks Strive to Thrill Guests with the Right Rides

September 1, 2011 No Comments

The weather was record-breakingly hot last summer in parts of the country, and waterparks provided cool liquid thrills. And, as patrons sought bigger and better thrills, waterparks responded with innovation.  SplashTacular, for example, a La Quinta, Calif.,-based company that provides the industry with waterpark attractions, recently installed its first pulse pounding 360Rush ride.  The revolutionary […]

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From the Waterpark Front Lines: Water Quality Tips

September 1, 2011 No Comments

As General Manager of Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian, Idaho, Frank Morandi oversees three pools plus other attractions in the park.  His top tip for ensuring safe and clean water is to look at each pool differently. “Each pool has its own needs and maintenance requirements,” he said. “Here, the water comes from different wells, […]

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Sponsors

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Embed

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag 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.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Soft Play

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Formula K Raceways

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Penny Press

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tear Repair

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Poly Products

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Knight Equipment

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

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.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Max Flight

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Bulbtronics

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Aquaventronics

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

Art Attack

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

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.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Store on Wheels

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

American Changer

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Perfect Fry

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Extreme Engineering

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Spectrum Sports

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

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