Archive for April, 2012

Are You Selling the Juice?

April 30, 2012 No Comments

  By Allen F. Weitzel   Recently, an industry friend from a notable amusement facility asked me to comment on the subject of providing electrical recharging services to park guests. I answered his question and then realized that this subject might be of interest to our TAP readers. Feel free to join in with your […]

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Machine Gun Kelly Left a Message

April 30, 2012 4 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Machine Gun Kelly and his gangster mob from the 1920s and 1930s were not exactly stand-up people. On September 26, 1933, in Memphis, Tenn., the gang was broken up, and ceased to carve up and fracture the law. It seems, however, that they are still around – somewhat. Our management lesson […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

April 25, 2012 No Comments

Laserforce Opens its Fifth Site with Australia’s Largest Boutique Bowling Chain Laserforce recently opened its fifth state-of-the-art Laserforce facility with Australia’s largest privately owned bowling chain – Strike Bowling. Strike currently owns 12 boutique bowling bars throughout Australia that provide customers with a high-end bowling experience in a sophisticated bar-type atmosphere. Strike has integrated Laserforce […]

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Business Strategies:
Making the Admissions Process Fast and Easy

April 10, 2012 No Comments

For most, if not all visitors to leisure entertainment facilities, few things are more aggravating than experiencing a delay or other hassles at the entrance. Owners and operators can take several different approaches, technology-oriented and otherwise, in order to minimize such problems. Ensuring that information pertaining to admission prices, packages, extras and rules and regulations […]

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Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off

Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off

April 7, 2012 No Comments

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update Who would have thought that a single Boy Wizard could bring such financial magic to the theme park industry?  Yet, that’s exactly what has happened with Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened two summers ago to great fanfare in Central Florida. Harry’s World is comprised of […]

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Engaging Guests’ Senses with Food <br / > Profit-making Strategies from Haunted Attractions

Engaging Guests’ Senses with Food
Profit-making Strategies from Haunted Attractions

April 6, 2012 No Comments

Owners and managers of America’s haunted attractions are always on the look out to increase profits.  One of the fastest ways to boost sales and cash flow, according to experienced haunted attraction owners: Add food and beverage concessions to enhance the customers’ experience. Nancy Jubie of Headless Horseman, a 45-acre historic farm in Ulster Park, […]

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Admissions and Ticketing <br /> Welcoming Systems at Children’s Museums

Admissions and Ticketing
Welcoming Systems at Children’s Museums

April 6, 2012 No Comments

Children’s museums greet thousands of guests each year, and they use a variety of admissions policies and procedures to keep the crowds moving smoothly through their doors. The 10,000-square-foot Amelia Park Children’s Museum in Westfield, Mass., welcomes more than 35,000 guests per year. The museum is currently running 11 interactive exhibits that highlight themes such […]

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Keeping it Clean <br /> How FECs Snuff Out Germs at Eating Spaces

Keeping it Clean
How FECs Snuff Out Germs at Eating Spaces

April 6, 2012 No Comments

Though friendly germs far exceed the bad guys, better safe than sorry is the predominant approach of FEC food service departments to avoiding any possibility of the spread of infectious disease-causing germs hanging around on surfaces. Reliance on hand-washing is not an option. Thoroughness in cleaning strategies is the only one and every facility has […]

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April/May 2012

April 5, 2012 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update – Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off – Despite the well-publicized thrills at Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, more instructive for industry watchers may be the attraction’s high-profit food, beverage and merchandise operations. FOOD SERVICE SPOTLIGHT Keeping it Clean – How FECs […]

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April / May 2012

April 5, 2012 No Comments

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Sponsors

Bulbtronics

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Tear Repair

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

Laser Star

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

Knight Equipment

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

American Changer

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Extreme Engineering

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Rio Syrup

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Poly Products

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Aquaventronics

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Soft Play

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

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.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Embed

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Penny Press

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Art Attack

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

Max Flight

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

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.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Store on Wheels

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

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Cannonball Blaster
Funovation