Archive for September, 2012

Top Tips for Attracting Customers to Bulk Vending Machines

September 11, 2012 No Comments

“Lighting is important. Keeping machines well-lit and of course, full, ensures that people can’t miss them.” – Greg Duke, Video Amusement and Music Co. “Sometimes, light panels with flashing panels around them work. Otherwise, it is all about putting in brightly colored, eye-catching product. That is what really attracts children.” – Anita Erzybysz, East Coast […]

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Bulk Vending Report: Operators Buck Bulk Vending Challenges

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While no one is certain exactly of the cause, the bulk vending business has slowed down somewhat over the past year or so. However, bulk vending companies continue to focus on best sellers, as well as to follow other strategies aimed at bolstering the performance of machines and merchandise geared toward customers of all ages. […]

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New Jersey Arcades In-Depth:
The Game Room and The Game Room South

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Located in two separate New Jersey beach towns are the fun-packed, game-filled arcades, The Game Room, in Keansburg and The Game Room South, in Seaside Heights. Both of these amusement centers feature the best in arcade games, such as Skeeball, poker machines, slots and crane machines. “Both locations are operated in the same way,” said […]

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Successful Show Heads to Philadelphia in Late September

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The AIR Show, the world’s largest Inflatable Play Structure Trade Show, dedicated exclusively to this industry, started with a hugely successful Show in Arlington, Texas, and now moves to Philadelphia on September 26, 27 and 28. Unlike other trade shows that hold a single event, usually in the same location each year, The AIR Show […]

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Five Tips for Improving the Guest Experience with Inflatables

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Safety is first Have attendants on duty to engage guests and allow hosts to tend to other party duties Make sure clients understand the importance of inflating and deflating the bouncer correctly Make sure clients understand the proper way for guests to use the bouncer Make the bouncer the centerpiece of entertainment for an event

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Leaving Nothing to Chance <br/> Advice for Best Inflatables Safety Practices

Leaving Nothing to Chance
Advice for Best Inflatables Safety Practices

September 11, 2012 No Comments

In the last decade, inflatable amusements have become a staple in the party rental industry. Many small companies that began as part-time endeavors have blossomed into full-time operations that book dozens of clients per month.  As the industry has grown in popularity, the inflatables have grown in design, size and variety. Darren Morizet started Partytime […]

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

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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, […]

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LittleDuffer Mini Golf Answers a Demand for Low-cost Mini Golf

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LittleDuffer Mini Golf is launched as a low-cost indoor or outdoor modular miniature golf course for use by campgrounds, hotels, special events, fund raisers and rental companies, and many other users with limited budget and space. “Adventure Golf Services created LittleDuffer to answer the customer demand for a smaller and a more economically priced miniature […]

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Enhancing the Attractions Mix

Enhancing the Attractions Mix

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Exploring the Winning Combination of Inflatables, Mini-Golf and Go-Karts To be a true Family Entertainment Center, many FECs look for attractions that will bring in guests from all age groups. Some of the most popular attractions for toddlers and young children are inflatables. When FECs combine their go-karts and mini-golf and other attractions with bounces, […]

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Themed Bowling Centers: A Balance Between Sport and Style

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Bowling has long been an enjoyable, recreational sport for families, teens, young adults and seniors. While the game is enjoyable no matter the surroundings, many bowling centers are capitalizing on particular themes, in order to draw crowds and boost excitement. A step inside Rifle Fireside Lanes, in Rifle, Colo., takes you back in time to […]

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Sponsors

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Soft Play

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

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.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Spectrum Sports

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Art Attack

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Extreme Engineering

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Poly Products

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Max Flight

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Store on Wheels

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Sureshot Redemption

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Penny Press

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tear Repair

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

Rio Syrup

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Perfect Fry

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Aquaventronics

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

American Changer

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

Embed

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

Bulbtronics

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Laser Star

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

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