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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Formula K Raceways

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Laser Star

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Soft Play

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Extreme Engineering

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Perfect Fry

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Bulbtronics

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

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.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Rio Syrup

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

Poly Products

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Embed

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

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Sureshot Redemption

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

American Changer

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Max Flight

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

Penny Press

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

Knight Equipment

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tear Repair

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Aquaventronics

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

Store on Wheels

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

Spectrum Sports

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

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