Archive for 2012

Does the Buddy System Work?

November 30, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel   What Is the Buddy System? Experts classify the buddy system as a process in which two people, the ‘buddies,’ operate together as a single unit so that they are able to monitor and help each other. They are normally of equal rank and pay. In the recreation industry, the buddy […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

November 27, 2012 No Comments

Bavarian Inn Lodge Opens Two New Waterslides: $3 Million Phase VI Renovation is ‘Thank You’ to Guests After 84 working days, 220 cubic yards of concrete, more than 12,000 gallons of water and 506 feet of twisting, twirling fun, the Phase VI expansion of the Bavarian Inn Lodge is complete. The $3 million renovation of the Lodge’s […]

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An Investment in New Scares: The Year Ends on a High Note for Haunted Attractions

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Is gore “out” and startle “in” at haunted attractions, or are both still very much the trend? It depends whom you ask, but one thing is certain: introducing different elements and features annually is a “must” if operators are to maximize the appeal of their venues. So, too, is maintaining year-round contact with customers through […]

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Post-show Report: The Philadelphia AIR Show

November 1, 2012 No Comments

The Philadelphia, Pa., AIR Show, which was held Sept. 26-28, 2012, was completely sold out with more than 750 booth spaces displaying the latest inflatable play structures from the leading American manufacturers, as well as a large variety of other exhibitors to serve the needs of customers who use inflatables in the businesses. Mechanical Bulls, […]

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Kids’ Choice: Why the Youngest Customers Can Determine a Bouncer’s Success

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Inflatables and bounces have become staples at both small backyard parties and large community and corporate events.  While some bounces are still as popular as they were a decade ago, bounce rental companies are always looking for a new inflatable that will become the next “must have” at their clients’ events. As president and owner […]

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Three Tips for Upselling Food at Railroad and Transportation Museums

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Take a leaf from quick-service restaurants’ book. McDonald’s knew what it was doing when it coined the term, “Want fries with that?” to encourage patrons to make add-on purchases. The Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Mo. uses a similar strategy. “When people buy a lunch item, we always ask if they want a drink […]

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Truckin’ Toward Guest Satisfaction: Food Strategies for Railroad and Transport Museums

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Children and adults alike enjoy a visit to a railway or transportation museum; the former, most likely based on their youthful fascination with transportation itself and the latter, often because of the historical aspect. No matter the demographic they serve, such venues must and do offer food and snacks to suit their clientele. The Museum […]

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The Zoo and Aquarium Kitchen:
Top Tips for Food Safety and Sanitation Practices

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Besides the many food preparation duties, zoo and aquarium kitchen employees are constantly on the go adhering to the standard restaurant safety and sanitation guidelines put forth by the health department and others. In addition to maintaining scrupulous cleanliness, there’s inventory to keep track of, sometimes fleetingly, before the food is fed to hungry humans […]

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Ready for a Close-up: Profitable Photo Booths Capture the Fun

November 1, 2012 No Comments

At one time, photo booths required operators to add chemicals and perform other time-consuming tasks to get the booth ready for customers.  With so much needed preparation, photo booths fell out of favor with amusement operators. However, that downward trend turned when digital technology transformed photo booths from lackluster moneymakers into sought-after attractions. As President […]

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An Eye on the Prize: Seizing Crane Machine Success

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Crane machines are pretty straightforward in what they require in player skill, plus they’ve been around for quite a while and offer something tangible. So what keeps them fresh and with customers headed in their direction? Locations do their part, said David Peck, part-owner of the family run Family Amusement Corporation, which has placed crane […]

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Sponsors

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Aquaventronics

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Laser Star

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

Tear Repair

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Perfect Fry

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Art Attack

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Bulbtronics

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

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.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Soft Play

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Poly Products

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Max Flight

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Penny Press

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Rio Syrup

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

Embed

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

American Changer

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

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