Archive for April, 2012

Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards Announced

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine, along with Foundations Entertainment University, in mid-March announced the winners of the first annual Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards. Ten FECs, and a children’s museum for its website, were recognized for setting new standards for excellence in the industry. Award winners were announced during the 2012 Amusement Expo in […]


Beyond the Traditional
Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment Takes Its Place

April 5, 2012 No Comments

A new form of public-space entertainment that builds on the foundation started by video amusement some 40 years ago has taken hold. As we all take a close look at our respective entertainment facilities business, we awaken to the reality that we work in a sector undergoing transition. While some benefit from the “stay-cation” bounce […]


Unusual Options Gain Ground
Food Service Equipment For Party Rental Companies

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With the economy now in “recovery” mode, party rental companies are seeing steady interest in food service equipment rentals to accompany such staples as inflatables, tables, chairs and tents. Popcorn machines and “standard” food preparation equipment, like coffee makers and chafing dishes, continue to rank at the top of consumers’ rental lists. However, for at […]

A Toast to Serving Guests <br /> How Alcohol Fits into Zoo Beverage Offerings

A Toast to Serving Guests
How Alcohol Fits into Zoo Beverage Offerings

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Zoos are going the extra distance to make their facilities more welcoming to adults.  Mixers and after-hours special events are attracting adults to zoos and helping to build memberships, and during the day many zoos are now offering beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages in their restaurants and cafes. The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, […]


Following the Kids Toward Popular Products

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Follow children into restaurants, schools, family entertainment centers and while they wait for parents and you’ll see what’s hot in vending machines for 2012. And while you’re at it, don’t stop in the vestibule if you want to build new revenue. As the folks did at Vendomatic, Inc., based in Frederick, Md., the bulk vending […]


A Quick Bite:
Classic Snacks and Beverages Dominate the Vending Market

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Snacks remain an important part of the American diet, and operators of snack and beverage vending machines continue to capitalize on this trend. Here is a peek at the businesses of, and success practices employed by, four different operators in various parts of the United States. Serving Orlando, Orange, Seminole and surrounding counties, Gator Vending, […]


Top Strategies to Profit from Food and Beverage

April 5, 2012 No Comments

In a country where food is plentiful and cheap, we tend to snack on the go and during our time spent being entertained. “Since everyone is always rushing around in a hurry these days, there’s often no time for three square meals. So grazing, or snacking on mini-meals, becomes important,” said Marilyn Stephenson, a registered […]


The New Look of Fast Food
Popular Menus and Kitchen Equipment at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Whatever you do, just don’t call it junk food. For many fun centers around the country that specialize in go-kart racing and mini golf, fast food is among the most popular options for kids of all ages. That doesn’t mean you’ll find McDonald’s or other giant chains at these venues. Instead, hard-working kitchens are producing […]


Three Top Tips for Selling Fun Food

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Invest in a colorful menu. Showcase the foods with full-color photos. And if the venue or restaurant has a theme, match the menu graphics and style with that theme. For example, a tropical restaurant might feature a brightly colored menu, while a retro or even diner-themed eatery might play off of 1950s Americana. Include a […]


Kitchen Workhorses – The Hardest-Working Equipment

April 5, 2012 No Comments

THE GRILL. Today, grills can be used to cook up everything from hot sandwiches to fresh meats to top salads and other specialties. Many cooks at fun centers are finding creative ways to introduce healthier food alternatives using grills, especially for picky kids. THE PIZZA OVEN. Whether the pizza is frozen or made from scratch, […]

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Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

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.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.


Evaporative snow systems.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Perfect Fry

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

Laser Star

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Soft Play

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

Penny Press

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Store on Wheels

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


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

Poly Products

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

Rio Syrup

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Max Flight

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tear Repair

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.


Laser maze challenge

Look Solutions

Fog machines.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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


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


Manufacturer of waterslides

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

American Changer

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Knight Equipment

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Formula K Raceways

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Art Attack

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.


Flashing cotton candy cones.


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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.


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.

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