Archive for June, 2012

Finding the Money – Tips on Securing Financing

June 1, 2012 No Comments

As the country begins to pull out of one of the darkest recessions in nearly 100 years, both entertainment developers and existing operators are beginning to take the project plunge once again.  There probably couldn’t be a better time to do so, as the three metrics, real estate, interest rates and construction costs, are all […]

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Safety First – There’s No Watering Down Guidelines at Parks Around the Country

Safety First – There’s No Watering Down Guidelines at Parks Around the Country

June 1, 2012 No Comments

Summer sun usually requires a trip to the pool, beach or waterpark to stay cool when school’s out. But for waterparks across the country, entertainment is only one part of the experience. Behind the scenes – it’s all about making sure guests of all ages are safe. “Safety is one of our top priorities,” said […]

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Public Relations at Large Parks – Strategies to Manage Real Time Reporters and Professional Fans

June 1, 2012 No Comments

Walk around almost any large park and you’ll likely see a relatively new phenomenon, the real time reporter at work.  Packed to the hilt with recording equipment, camera phones and loads of other high-tech gear, the real time reporter represents a shift in how park information is shared.  Indeed, it’s quite easy these days to […]

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Former President and COO of Sega GameWorks and Dave and Buster’s Vice President of Amusement Operations Teams Up with The Foland Group.

Former President and COO of Sega GameWorks and Dave and Buster’s Vice President of Amusement Operations Teams Up with The Foland Group.

June 1, 2012 No Comments

The Foland Group recently announced that the company has joined forces with industry veteran Cory Haynes. Haynes formerly held the positions of President and COO of Sega Entertainment and Vice President of Amusement/Midway Operations for Dave and Buster’s Inc., and brings over 30 years of experience in the location-based amusement and gaming industry to the […]

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Jacobs Joins Digital Centre America Inc.

Jacobs Joins Digital Centre America Inc.

June 1, 2012 No Comments

Digital Centre America Inc. has announced the appointment of Paul Jacobs to the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Jacobs will oversee the sales and marketing of Digital Centre’s full product line of photo booths to the Americas. Jacobs is a veteran of over 40 years in the coin-op amusement industry. His experience […]

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Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Now Offers the Laser Maze Challenge™

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Now Offers the Laser Maze Challenge™

June 1, 2012 No Comments

Funovation® continues creating smiles around the world with a new Laser Maze Challenge™ at the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise. Custom made for each customer, all Laser Maze Challenge locations are unique with no two mazes the same.

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Finding the Right Vendors the First Time

June 1, 2012 No Comments

An online search for a product or service will yield instant results. But how can you find the best family entertainment center vendors from amid a sea of competitors that promise outstanding goods and services, but may or may not deliver on their claims? And how do you key into all of the latest thinking […]

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June 2012

June 1, 2012 No Comments

The Large Park Report Public Relations at Large Parks – Strategies to Manage Real Time Reporters and Professional Fans The exciting opportunity that real time coverage offers in quickly spreading news about your facility must be balanced with the fact that not every real time blogger has an audience worth seeking out.  The trick is […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Perfect Fry

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

Aquaventronics

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

American Changer

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Rio Syrup

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

Store on Wheels

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Formula K Raceways

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Tear Repair

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Extreme Engineering

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Soft Play

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Embed

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Penny Press

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

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.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Bulbtronics

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Brunswick Bowling

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Knight Equipment

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Laser Star

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Art Attack

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

Poly Products

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

Max Flight

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

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