Archive for February, 2012

Flights of Fancy – The Creation and Maintenance of Butterfly Gardens

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Delicate and graceful are two words often used to describe butterflies. And finding a balance between maintaining attractions that spotlight these poetic, winged creatures, as well as promoting them, can be a practice in all things Mother Nature. At CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo, Calif., the butterfly garden may not be a major […]

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Business Strategies: Finding and Maintaining Relationships with the Best Food and Food Equipment Vendors

February 14, 2012 No Comments

Food service now ranks as such an integral component of, and profit generator for, many leisure entertainment facilities, making it more important than ever to offer high-quality fare. Finding the best food and food equipment vendors, as well as cultivating and maintaining long-term relationships with these entities, will help venues of all kinds to attain […]

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The $17,000 Rubber Band

February 14, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel There are times when a small item or incident can have a giant impact on people, whether at work or at home. I am always looking for lessons learned from such events. Here is one incident example for all of us to consider. Worker’s Comp A Worker’s Comp insurance representative told […]

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Sponsors

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

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

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.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Penny Press

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

Perfect Fry

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Poly Products

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

Max Flight

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

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.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Cost of Wisconson

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Aquaventronics

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

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.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Soft Play

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Rio Syrup

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Bulbtronics

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Formula K Raceways

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Art Attack

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Laser Star

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Spectrum Sports

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tear Repair

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

American Changer

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Knight Equipment

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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