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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Laser Star

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Max Flight

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Rio Syrup

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Bulbtronics

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Embed

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Store on Wheels

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Tear Repair

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

Perfect Fry

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Poly Products

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

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.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Aquaventronics

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

Soft Play

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

American Changer

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

Knight Equipment

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Formula K Raceways

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

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.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Penny Press

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Spectrum Sports

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Art Attack

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

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