Archive for September, 2012

Creative Works Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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The entertainment industry celebrates with Creative Works its 15th year in business.  When most vendor companies in this industry open and close their doors within three years, this company has outlasted and grown nearly four times.  Since 1997, Creative Works has had one vision – to deliver the WOW effect one client at a time.  […]

Locations Can Benefit from Portable Dance Floor Options

Locations Can Benefit from Portable Dance Floor Options

September 12, 2012 No Comments

Ca. Portable Dance Floor Co.’s NEW 24’ diameter round floor was installed by PBG Events in N.Y. Hall of Science, Queens, N.Y. Turn your CPDFC square floor into a 24’ diameter round or an oval dance floor in our composite laminate style. Having a portable dance floor gives you options. You can move your floor, […]

Polaris GEM Premium Electric Vehicles  Ideal for Venue Operations

Polaris GEM Premium Electric Vehicles Ideal for Venue Operations

September 12, 2012 No Comments

Utility vehicles offer solutions to move people, cargo and complete essential tasks Polaris® GEM® premium electric vehicles provide venues solutions for parking and security, grounds and facility maintenance and guest service needs. The six-model lineup provides venues with reliable transportation options for up to six people and the ability to haul payloads of up 1,100 […]


September/October 2012

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Learning the Lessons of the Season

September 12, 2012 No Comments

Waterparks were the place to be last summer, as record heat in many parts of the country drove families toward places to cool off and relax. In this issue’s Waves section, we offer a profile of the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark and also a look at how indoor waterparks around the country are theming and re-theming […]


September/October 2012

September 12, 2012 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT Surcharge Attractions: How Parks Are Adding Value to the Visit Ever since Disney’s parks evolved from a “pay as you ride” ticketing strategy to a single admission approach, other theme parks have, by and large, incorporated that same method.  But recently, several of the industry’s larger parks have begun to offer […]


Not-So-Scary Advice on Investing in High Technology

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The time for surprises is definitely not in the beginning, when first setting up a haunted house attraction, agree proprietors. Maybe at that time, a little fear and timidity is a good idea. Crypt Master Chiller Chucky, owner of Fright Haven, West Haven, Conn., admitted to a beginners lack of business acumen albeit the passion […]


In the Wild Workplace
Strategies for Successful Seasonal Zoo Staffing

September 11, 2012 No Comments

For some of us, the summer means kicking back and relaxing, but for zoos, the summer means more visitors and the need to hire workers to attend to those visitors. Located on the banks of the Red River is the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, N.D.  The zoo, whose name translated from Native American means “end […]


Top Tips for Making Menu Boards Pop

September 11, 2012 No Comments

“For our buffet, the price list is bright, simple and easy to see.” – Kenny Kimbell “The best menu board is on a TV screen that flashes a picture of the food, video and individual menu items.” – Jerry Barton “Keep things as concise as possible, not busy and cluttered.” – Mark Foley “We have […]


Locking Flavor and Freshness into Fast Food

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The menu items that qualify as “fast” at family entertainment center food outlets didn’t get there just on the merits of quick prep and service.  A long series of steps that’s anything but fast pave the customer’s quick turnaround time from the restaurant table back to the fun. From the research into what items to […]

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Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Laser Star

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tear Repair

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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


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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Spectrum Sports

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


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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Rio Syrup

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


Evaporative snow systems.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Soft Play

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

Poly Products

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

American Changer

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

Perfect Fry

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

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.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.


Laser maze challenge

Art Attack

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

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.

Penny Press

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Max Flight

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.


Manufacturer of waterslides


Fresh food and sandwich options.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.


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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.


Flashing cotton candy cones.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.