Archive for July, 2012

News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 19, 2012 No Comments

  Universal Orlando Resort’s All-New Retail Experience Is Inspired by Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants  New Store Brings Bikini Bottom to Life and Features Exclusive Merchandise, Meet-and-Greet Opportunities with SpongeBob SquarePants and More Universal Orlando Resort is introducing an all-new, one-of-a-kind retail entertainment experience that immerses guests in the underwater world of Bikini Bottom, home to Nickelodeon’s […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 11, 2012 No Comments

  Putt Putt Fun Center Adds Laser Tag by Creative Works Creative Works once again traveled to Putt Putt Fun Center in Lynchburg, Va., during May of 2012 to install a new attraction for owner Joe Aboid.  This new Adventure Quest laser tag arena was the anchor attraction of the facility’s expansion. This wasn’t the […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 5, 2012 No Comments

  DNA US Conference Reveals Speakers and Initial Supporters The list of speakers for the Digital Out-of-Home Interactive Entertainment (DOE) conference in October boasts some of the leading names in the emerging sector. The conference will take place in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 2 and 3. Speakers will include: Chris Stapleton offering a keynote address, […]

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Let’s Talk Overstaffing

July 3, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel   An industry chat group recently broached the subject of overstaffing.  Is there such a thing?  Is correct staffing an easy thing to do?  Let us take a minute to address staffing and scheduling.   Surprise Productivity   During my career in the amusement industry, I only encountered one instance where […]

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Always Give’em Something

July 3, 2012 No Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel   I am not saying anything new when I say that the obligation of management is to provide education, leadership, ethics, and support to all employees.  We all accept that responsibility and strive to attain those goals.  With that in mind, there is one more important function that management should provide […]

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Commemorative TAP Scrapbook

July 2, 2012 No Comments

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Sponsors

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Art Attack

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Soft Play

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Cost of Wisconson

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Embed

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

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.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Poly Products

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Rio Syrup

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Extreme Engineering

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

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.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Bulbtronics

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Aquaventronics

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Laser Star

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

American Changer

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Penny Press

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Spectrum Sports

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

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.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Tear Repair

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Perfect Fry

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Johnny Rockets
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Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys