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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Poly Products

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

Perfect Fry

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Penny Press

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Aquaventronics

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Art Attack

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

Embed

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Bulbtronics

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Laser Star

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Soft Play

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

American Changer

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

Max Flight

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

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.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Extreme Engineering

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tear Repair

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Store on Wheels

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Knight Equipment

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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