Archive for February, 2012

Markel Announces Agreement to Acquire Thomco

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Markel Corporation and Thompson Insurance Enterprises, LLC dba Thomco recently announced that they have entered into an agreement for Markel to acquire Thomco, which is headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga. “We are very compatible organizations,” said Greg Thompson, Thomco’s chairman. “Both companies have built an excellent reputation for integrity, customer service and underwriting discipline.  Markel prides […]


Fun Spot Attractions Moves into Waterparks with SplashTacular, Inc.

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Fun Spot Attractions Owner and President John Arie recently announced the addition of a waterpark component to the Orlando, Fla., location. “Fun Spot Attractions and SplashTacular are the perfect combination, the perfect team. I have no doubt that together we will have the most exciting facility and rides in the area. We are looking forward […]


Strikerz Entertainment Center Launches with Embed

February 16, 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 successful installation of the Embed System at the Strikerz Entertainment Center in Lee’s Summit, Mo.  The site features 20 lanes of bowling, a 70-game arcade, laser frenzy and a full-service restaurant and bar.


The Right Vendors for a Bright Future

February 16, 2012 No Comments

This is our annual Buyers’ Guide edition, and in it we present a revamped roadmap to all of the significant companies in the industry. These businesses can assist you with everything from finding the right insurance and theming services to buying the perfect toys for your redemption counter or the top-performing food service equipment for […]


February / March 2012

February 16, 2012 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT Disney’s Calculated Bet – Avatar at Florida’s Animal Kingdom – Disney is developing an entire new area at the company’s Animal Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., based on the hit 2009 James Cameron film Avatar. In doing so, Disney is placing a big bet on a franchise that has […]


February / March 2012

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International Perspectives
The Challenges of Developing Entertainment Projects in Africa

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Except for the recent press about the Arab Spring revolutions in North Africa, Africa basically remains under the radar. What may be surprising is that six of the fastest growing economies in the world are found in the “forgotten continent” of Africa. The six African Lion economies – Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad, Mozambique and Rwanda […]

Top Colors and Equipment <br /> Party Rental Trends That Are Growing Businesses

Top Colors and Equipment
Party Rental Trends That Are Growing Businesses

February 16, 2012 No Comments

From richly patterned linens, elaborately draped tents and illuminated portable dance floors to all the equipment needed to create backyard carnivals, consumers are, when it comes to parties, going “all out,” or at least, much farther out than during the depths of the economic recession. This means big business for party rental companies. At Beaumont, […]

Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

February 16, 2012 No Comments

THOMCO’s Fun Pro is expanding its “A” Rated (by A.M. Best) insurance to Halloween Attractions including, but not limited to, Haunted Houses, Dark Attractions, Corn Mazes, Forest Trails, Pumpkin Patches (including u-pick) and Christmas Tree farms. This low cost, comprehensive coverage includes General Liability limits up to $1,000,000/$2,000,000 per occurrence/aggregate and also offers coverage for […]

Shock versus Scare <br /> Where Attractions Around the Country Fall in the Spectrum

Shock versus Scare
Where Attractions Around the Country Fall in the Spectrum

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Every autumn, when the wind whistles a chilly tune against the backdrop of a full harvest moon, haunted attractions open their doors to throngs of customers who welcome Halloween and its accompanying horror.  Wielding terror yields profit: According to the Haunted House Association, there are more than 1,200 haunted attractions in the United States that […]

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Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company


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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Art Attack

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

Store on Wheels

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

Penny Press

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


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Poly Products

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


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

American Changer

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.


Manufacturer of waterslides

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Spectrum Sports

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Formula K Raceways

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Rio Syrup

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Knight Equipment

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tear Repair

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


Evaporative snow systems.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Laser Star

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.


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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Perfect Fry

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

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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


Laser maze challenge

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.


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.

Soft Play

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Max Flight

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


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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.