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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Tear Repair

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Store on Wheels

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

Poly Products

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Laser Star

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Embed

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Art Attack

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

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.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Soft Play

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Max Flight

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Aquaventronics

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Bulbtronics

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Perfect Fry

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

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.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Penny Press

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Spectrum Sports

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

American Changer

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

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.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Spectrum
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Extreme Engineering
Funovation