Archive for February, 2012

Business Strategies: Obtaining the Proper Insurance Coverage

February 22, 2012 No Comments

Purchasing and maintaining the right insurance coverage has always been a must for owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities and rental concerns, but is now more important than ever given society’s increasing tendency to initiate lawsuits at seemingly every turn. While it may be tempting to sign on the dotted line with the first […]

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Sweets for the Smallest Guests

Sweets for the Smallest Guests

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Trends in Dessert Options at Children’s Museums When parents plan a family outing at a children’s museum, they are thinking about more than just the fun adventures that await their kids. They are also thinking about food; what can they feed their children while they are out and what will their options be?  With the […]

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Customers Favor Music and Redemption

Customers Favor Music and Redemption

February 16, 2012 No Comments

In the last decade, coin-op amusement companies have witnessed many changes in their industry as well as changes in the demand for different types of games. Where traditional games once were a major attraction in bars, taverns and other venues, it is the internet jukebox and redemption games which offer higher quality merchandise that are […]

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Innovative Thinking Fuels a Changing Industry

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Bulk Vending Machine and Merchandise Trends These mechanical and electronic wonders help feed and entertain us and quench our thirst.  Vending machines, including bulk and full line, deliver everything from soft drinks, snacks and toys to entertainment in the form of music and games.  Today, more operators have expanded their offering to include a greater […]

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Creating Redemption Profits

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Strategies from Family Entertainment Centers Redemption prizes are creating a lot of excitement among customers visiting family entertainment centers.  Not surprising since, depending on the game, patrons can win everything from toys and trinkets to laptop computers and Apple iPads.  This rise in popularity in redemption games and prizes has become a significant contributor to […]

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Tips from the ILTA

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Create the Right Package: The target market for corporate events is, in general, middle management. Middle management tends to be in the 30-50-year-old range. As such, they are not as young as they once were and do not grasp the “complexities” of a laser tag game as easily as a pre-adolescent or a teenager does. […]

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Facility Focus: X-Site Amusement and Entertainment Center

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. Owners: Ken Fraley and Gene Brown Open in June of 1999 by owners Ken Fraley and Gene Brown, X-Site Amusement and Recreation Center of Indianapolis, Ind., still offers great and exciting laser tag experiences and events. “After being a business owner in the gas and convenience store business for 20-plus years, Ken […]

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The Profitability Picture – Drivers for Visitation and Spending

The Profitability Picture – Drivers for Visitation and Spending

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Even though the economy has everyone tightening their belts, people still want to have fun. Go-kart and mini-golf centers have risen to the challenge, and have come up with creative ways to “drive” people to their centers and keep their businesses running in spite of it all. Here’s a picture of what’s happening at a […]

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Rolling Toward Profits with Coin-op – How Arcades Complement Bowling

February 16, 2012 No Comments

While the increasing popularity of bowling itself bodes well for bowling centers’ business, operators would still do well to look into other features to better service their guests and improve their business picture. A properly managed arcade is one such feature, owners and managers of these facilities have discovered. At the 30,000-square-foot Fountain Bowl in […]

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Creating Events That Create Revenues

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Regardless of the industry within which you operate, one thing is for sure, we are in the middle of a major change.  Technology, government, unemployment, pop-culture, etc. are all drastically changing the way we do business and the demands of our consumers.  Families today are actively looking for ways to save money.  By creating special […]

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Sponsors

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

American Changer

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Rio Syrup

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

Penny Press

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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.

Laser Star

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Soft Play

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Knight Equipment

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Perfect Fry

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Aquaventronics

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Art Attack

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

Embed

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Extreme Engineering

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Bulbtronics

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Poly Products

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Store on Wheels

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Max Flight

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Tear Repair

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

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.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

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