Archive for January, 2012

Empex Watertoys Wins the 2011 WWA Innovation Award for “Aquacircus”

Empex Watertoys Wins the 2011 WWA Innovation Award for “Aquacircus”

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Empex Watertoys® and Beachpark Waterpark were presented with the prestigious World Waterpark Association’s (WWA) Industry Innovation Award at the 2011 WWA trade show and convention. The award was presented for the latest design from Empex called Aquacircus, an interactive water playground with a dynamic interactive play structure, interactive Aquanetic™ water features and spray clowns called […]

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SplashTacular Launches Double Bowlseye™

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SplashTacular, winner of the 2011 Industry Innovation Award for Suppliers from the World Waterpark Association (WWA), recently announced the launch of their new family raft ride, the patent-pending Double BowlsEye™. The Double BowlsEye is a contemporary take on a high-speed family raft chase.  Riders gaze down the 60-foot launch platform to see two 54-inch enclosed […]

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Tropical Palm Trees Offers a Unique Shower System

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Tropical Palm Trees has introduced the newest innovation to their line of artificial outdoor trees, The “Oasis” Shower Palm.  This exciting new product is ideal for pool and beach areas. Guests will appreciate this convenient way to clean off sand, oil and chlorine. The unit is engineered to withstand extreme conditions and harsh environments.

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A Decade of Challenge and Change: <br /> Trends in the Traveling Amusement Company Industry

A Decade of Challenge and Change:
Trends in the Traveling Amusement Company Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Midway amusement companies and traveling fairs have secured an iconic place in American culture. As part of an industry where multi-generations of families owning the same company is the norm, traveling fairs have undergone a great deal of change, especially in the past decade.  While some change has raised the bar of professionalism, other changes […]

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A Spot in the Shade <br />Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

A Spot in the Shade
Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Rain and wind are not the only weather elements that can dampen attendance at a state fair.  Sun and heat can also prompt fair guests to cut their visits short.  In recent years, state fairs have looked to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements making it more probable […]

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The Dave Herbst Interview: An Analysis of Blogging, Social Media and Standards

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Dave Herbst served as a publicist at the Walt Disney World resort for 30 years.  During his career, Herbst witnessed many changes to how Disney World publicizes itself.  Recently, The Large Park Report visited with Herbst for his unique and compelling insights into these changes. Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine:  When you began at Disney, […]

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Embed Names Jason Kort Marketing Director

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Embed, a leading provider of debit card and point of sale systems for the amusement and family entertainment industry, has announced the appointment of Jason Kort as marketing director. Kort’s initial focus will be working with customers on ways to improve and enhance their Embed user experience from a marketing perspective. Additionally, Kort will work […]

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Innovators of Interactive Play Join Largest USA Waterslide Manufacturer

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SplashTacular, Inc., the largest United States‐based waterslide manufacturer, has selected industry veterans Mark Weston and Anthony Imbrogno, creators of FunTraptions™ products and brand, to become part of the company’s expanding team of professionals, a team that offers a full range of waterpark products, from signature rides and slides, to sophisticated play structures, interactive water features […]

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Embarking on the Journey of a New Year

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Fairs and festivals are always looking for new ways to entertain the public as they travel the country. As the International Independent Showmen’s Association prepares to hold its annual trade event Feb. 7 – Feb. 11, 2012, in Gibsonton, Fla., we offer a special section devoted to the state of the industry. Included are stories […]

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January 2012

January 5, 2012 No Comments

CARNIVALS AND FAIRS SPECIAL REPORT A Spot in the Shade — Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry — State fairs are always looking to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements and to make it more probable that they will enjoy the fairs for longer periods of time. […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Extreme Engineering

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Laser Star

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

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.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Formula K Raceways

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Tear Repair

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

Poly Products

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Perfect Fry

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Knight Equipment

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines 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.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

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.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Penny Press

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Aquaventronics

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Soft Play

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Store on Wheels

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Art Attack

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Max Flight

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

Embed

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

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