Archive for March, 2012

Business Strategies:
Using Lighting to Improve the Appearance of Leisure Entertainment Facilities

March 27, 2012 No Comments

Increasingly, owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities are taking into account that lighting, like most design components, plays a significant role in “making” or “breaking” the appearance of their venues and, in turn, the visitor experience. Consider the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, N.Y., where an outdoor lighting installation […]

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Empex Watertoys Inaugurates a New Terrace Spraypark

Empex Watertoys Inaugurates a New Terrace Spraypark

March 21, 2012 No Comments

International Spraypark Product News Empex Watertoys® has added another terrace spraypark in Singapore at the Changi Mall. Space being at a premium, shopping malls in Singapore are using all available real estate to add new attractions to draw customers. Terraces and rooftops, once unused spaces, are now utilized for creative sprayparks to delight and cool […]

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Business Strategies:
Top Tips for Maintaining Foodservice Equipment

March 20, 2012 No Comments

Foodservice equipment represents a sizeable investment for any leisure entertainment facility that offers freshly prepared snacks or meals rather than those that come out of a vending machine. Protecting and leveraging this investment necessitates proper equipment maintenance. Such maintenance starts with regular cleaning. Almost every manufacturer provides a recommended cleaning schedule for each piece of […]

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Glo Cone International Is a Hit on Katy Perry Tour

Glo Cone International Is a Hit on Katy Perry Tour

March 15, 2012 No Comments

Glo Cone International created sales and excitement on Katy Perry’s 2011 California Dreams North American Tour. The pop singer, songwriter and actress played approximately 52 shows in United States and Canadian cities between June and November. Glo Cone retailed its FDA-approved flashing cotton candy cone for the tour, said Gary Lauber, owner and partner with […]

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Business Strategies: Adding Profits with New Attractions and Rides

March 12, 2012 No Comments

It’s no secret that adding even one new attraction or ride to a leisure entertainment facility necessitates what could be a sizeable financial outlay. However, such a move offers significant payback in the form of return on investment and increased profits. For some owners and operators, the enhanced profit potential comes from the ability of […]

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Positive Encouragement

March 12, 2012 6 Comments

My favorite form of gratification and amazement is seeing what great things employees are able to accomplish when they are trained and encouraged to perform. The Leader’s Job As I preach in my “Train The Trainer” classes, a leader often has to provide encouragement to rookies on the job, letting them know that they can […]

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Business Strategies: Theming Your Leisure Entertainment Facility for Maximum Impact

March 5, 2012 No Comments

“Theming” is a great way for leisure entertainment facilities to enhance their guests’ experience and distinguish themselves from similar operations, providing it is well thought out and thoroughly executed. While there is nothing inherently wrong with selecting a theme based at least in part on instinct or personal preference, other considerations can, and probably should, […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Rio Syrup

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

American Changer

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tear Repair

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Knight Equipment

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Aquaventronics

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

Art Attack

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Bulbtronics

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

Perfect Fry

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Laser Star

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Poly Products

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

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.

Max Flight

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Spectrum Sports

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

Penny Press

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Embed

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Soft Play

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

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