Archive for January, 2012

Top Tips for Creating a Popular Haunted Room

January 5, 2012 No Comments

“Make your guests feel as if they are submerged into an entirely new world, instead of just amidst actors and a set.  It has to be the complete package.” – Scot Allan, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse of Horrors, Bellport, N.Y. “Be original!  There are many copycat haunts out there. Do your research and be as original […]

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Rental Trends: Despite Consumers’ Cautious Spending, Companies Continue to Invest in the Future

Rental Trends: Despite Consumers’ Cautious Spending, Companies Continue to Invest in the Future

January 5, 2012 No Comments

When it comes to special gatherings, families, schools, corporations, and other organizations consistently want to create the perfect celebration, party or event.  But for those in the industry, meeting that demand can be a complicated business. After all, it can be challenging, from changing economic conditions and the need for new product awareness to addressing […]

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New Customer Service Strategies for a New Economy Beyond the Basics of Customer Service

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by Frank Price Service basics are no longer a powerful enough strategy for differentiation. Customer service is a series of intangible activities, performed for a mass customer base. It encompasses smooth service transactions, clean facilities, hot tasty food served on time and friendly, helpful, attentive and informative employees. Service is intangible and personal in nature, […]

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The Important Lessons of Food: <br />Indigenous Dishes Are Teaching Tools at American Indian Museums

The Important Lessons of Food:
Indigenous Dishes Are Teaching Tools at American Indian Museums

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Stimulating the sense of taste is another way to enrich the museum experience for visitors. And at several American Indian museums across the United States, the menus rise to the occasion, favoring locally grown foods, seasonal produce or traditional ingredients. Food is used to give visitors a sense of place and tradition. And however it’s […]

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Buried Treasure: Top Tips for Finding New Redemption Prizes

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Solicit feedback from guests and employees. This not only increases the chance that customers will like what they see at the redemption counter, it opens doors to acquiring new, potentially popular items family entertainment center operators may not have discovered on their own. Becky Olbrych, owner of Wheels Family Fun Park in Durham, N.C., said […]

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Redemption Counters and Prizes: Creating a Compelling Reason to Play

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With competition for consumers’ leisure dollar remaining fierce, family entertainment centers with mini-golf and go-kart facilities are paying as much attention to maximizing the appeal of their redemption counters as they are to making their attractions as compelling as possible. “The game room is where we make a large portion of our money, and in […]

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The Surfaces and the Scores: A Roll Down Bowling’s Memory Lane

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In bowling’s history, the 1930s were known as the shellac era.  Wood was plentiful then, and that was a good thing, because it was the only available option to proprietors at the time. Many high scores were rolled during this period due to a high friction ball track being burned into the finish by bowlers, […]

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Cranes: A Popular Favorite Continues to Snag Business for Operators and Locations

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Crane machines remain a profitable addition to coin-op routes at a time when some other machines are not grabbing the interest of customers. “They are still a big deal,” said Chip O’Hara, owner of Midwest Coin Concepts, Waite Park, Minn. “We have quite a few models that have consistently been doing very well.” Promoted as […]

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The 2012 Outlook for Games Popularity and Profitability Predictions for the New Year

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A projection of the gaming industry for 2012 would be incomplete without a look at the competing home video game market. Citing a report published by the Entertainment Software Association and the Pew internet and American Life Project, grabStats.com posted that 190 million households will have next generation video game consoles and 80 percent of […]

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First Mobile Zip Line Introduced by Spectrum Sports International

First Mobile Zip Line Introduced by Spectrum Sports International

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Spectrum Sports International debuted the first commercially available mobile zip line at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The introduction followed three years of product development, a complete engineering review and a season of testing in four markets. The Mobile Zip Line employs several innovative features. The Rotating Safety Gate eliminates fall exposure until riders are […]

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Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Aquaventronics

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Soft Play

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

American Changer

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Embed

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

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.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Rio Syrup

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Max Flight

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Bulbtronics

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Tear Repair

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

Knight Equipment

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Laser Star

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

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.

Art Attack

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Poly Products

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

Spectrum Sports

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Perfect Fry

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Extreme Engineering

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Penny Press

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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