Glo’ Zone Station: An Entrepreneurial Spirit Fuels a New FEC in New Zealand

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The road from Henderson to Albany is only 15 miles, but for Stephen and Darya, this journey was so much more than that. This New Zealand couple already owned and operated a mini-golf facility in Henderson (just west of Auckland), and they were researching the possibility of opening a new entertainment center. Their original site, called Transylvania, was doing very well as a stand-alone indoor golf course – themed with the dark and mysterious lore and stories behind this famous city in Romania. But Stephen and Darya’s entrepreneurial spirit was driving the idea of opening an all-in-one multi-attraction FEC.
They began researching buildings and spaces in their local region of New Zealand. They wanted to find a place that offered substantial parking, good visibility from the street, and at least 10,000 square feet. They eventually found a building they thought would be suitable, just north of Auckland in a place called Albany. It provided plenty of windows, was visible from the street, and was located just two miles from the Hauraki Gulf. Although they had experience within the entertainment industry, they needed the helping hand of experts to continue their dream of opening this new site. Upon exploring the internet, they discovered several attraction companies across the globe, including Creative Works of the USA.
Stephen and Darya needed a company with a vast background and a keen sense of design. After comparing everyone “apples to apples,” Creative Works provided more value and experience for the project. The staff members of Creative Works, also known as the “Theme Team,” put together a proposal to develop their new fun center design and take care of everything from start to finish.
This plan included a laser tag arena, the award-winning Lazer Frenzy laser maze, a 12-hole miniature golf course, and the brand new Mirror Amaze attraction. Arcade games and a party area were also included in the layout to bring everything together and provide an all-in-one experience for guests. The Theme Team began coordinating the architecture of the space to ensure every light fixture, smoke alarm, air duct, receptacle and door were properly placed for a safe and operationally efficient business. Creative Works even assisted with the branding and marketing by providing tried-and-true ideas. With the assistance and inspiration from Creative Works, Stephen and Darya selected Glo’Zone Station as the name of their new center. The facility was themed to be a “space station,” and each attraction had a custom 12-foot portal archway that transported guests to a different realm, from the depths of the ocean to the greenery of unknown forests.
Creative Works fabricated all of the pieces and props for this state-of-the-art facility in their 33,000-square-foot Theme Factory in Indiana before shipping all of the goods to New Zealand. When the installation team arrived in New Zealand, it only took them two weeks to complete the job.

Back

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Sponsors

Family Fun Corp.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Knight Equipment

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

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.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Embed

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Spectrum Sports

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Bulbtronics

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Stoelting
LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys