Archive for August, 2012

Utilizing Your Laser Tag System to Enhance Your Business

Utilizing Your Laser Tag System to Enhance Your Business

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Last year we took a look at the technology of laser tag and discussed the advances that have allowed the equipment to be lighter and more durable, what advances allow the existence of laser skirmish gear, and many other technological advances that allow the systems of today to flourish. While individual laser tag companies do […]

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Glo’Zone Station Opens in New Zealand

Glo’Zone Station Opens in New Zealand

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Stephen and Darya Hanham, who already owned and operated a mini-golf facility in Wes Auckland, were researching the possibility of opening a new center.  Their original site, called Transylvania, was doing very well as a stand-alone indoor golf course, but Stephen and Darya were enthralled by the idea of having an all-in-one, multi-attraction FEC. After […]

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Deals and Employee Training Bolster Summertime Guest Spending

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Mini-golf and go-karts have long been popular summertime activities throughout the United States. While this remains the case, facilities are going the extra mile to distinguish themselves from the competition, increase guest spending this season and offset any weather-related decreases in guest traffic. Offering deals and packages tops the list of tactics for accomplishing such […]

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Training Is Not Optional

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With a variety of delivery systems, every proprietor can take advantage of great educational programs How does employee training benefit your company? What difference does it make? Can it really make you more competitive? Yes, it can. For one, employee training improves your ability to adapt to changes in the marketplace. Because your staff is […]

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From Water Purification to New Media – Technological Trends in the Waterpark Industry

From Water Purification to New Media – Technological Trends in the Waterpark Industry

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Whether indoor or outdoor, waterparks are a popular destination for fun. While guests participate in slides and rides, few can appreciate the efforts owners and managers must take to provide them with a safe and trouble-free experience. Located at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark is a […]

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New Attractions: Creating an Experience Inside the Experience

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There once was a time when an amusement park visit focused on all guests sharing a common experience that involved the park’s rides, shows and fair-like food.  At the country’s larger parks and resorts, those days are increasingly giving way to an enticing (and expensive) new option known as “premium experiences.”  This issue, The Large […]

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Toy Industry Veteran Joins Redemption Plus

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Redemption Plus, a leading provider of toys, tools and training for the amusement industry, has announced the addition of Kyler Tarwater.  Tarwater will join the Account Executive team, developing new business opportunities as well as strengthening existing relationships among customers in the family entertainment center market. Tarwater has an extensive background in multiple segments of […]

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Water Maze Opens in Alabama

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Alabama Splash Adventures waterpark in Bessemer, Ala., debuted the Aqua Maze last June. Constructed by Amaze ‘n Mazes, the attraction drew more than 1,700 children and adults on opening day. Startling blasts of water from a variety of sources helped keep guests cool as they searched for the labyrinth’s exit. “The maze momentum  just keeps […]

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Our 40th Anniversary Year – Creating a Culture of Responsiveness to Guests

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In the heat of the season, it is easy to get caught up in individual tasks and responsibilities and not become a student of the overall guest experience. Trying to see things as your guests perceive them, addressing complaints immediately and remembering to laugh a little with your customers and lighten up are all important […]

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August 2012

August 1, 2012 No Comments

THE MAGIC OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation Sound, lighting and special effects, including iPads embedded into exhibit walls, are enhancing the guest experience at aquariums across the country. THE LARGE PARK REPORT New Attractions – Creating an Experience Inside the Experience There once was […]

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Sponsors

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Soft Play

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Aquaventronics

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Penny Press

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Poly Products

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Perfect Fry

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Tear Repair

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Max Flight

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

Store on Wheels

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

American Changer

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Embed

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

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.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Laser Star

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Brunswick Bowling

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Rio Syrup

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Art Attack

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Knight Equipment

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Bulbtronics

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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