Archive for September, 2012

BPAA Unveils New Entertainment Center Management School

September 11, 2012 No Comments

First of Its Kind Program Designed for Non-Traditional Bowling Centers The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA), the voice of the bowling industry, has announced the addition of the School of Entertainment Center Management (ECM) to its Bowling University program. The unique new school is designed for those who are, or who could become, high-level […]

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Is Your Business “App”-tly Represented?

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Everybody Seems to Have an App, Should You? Quick, without looking, how many apps do you have on your phone or tablet? It seems that not too long ago phones were, well, just phones.  Then texting, photos and video.  And now, apps.  Not just one or two apps.  In fact, it seems you can’t get […]

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Surcharge Attractions: How Parks Are Adding Value to the Visit

September 11, 2012 No Comments

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.  The advantage is that a facility can project admission revenue with more certainty because all entering guests, whether they ride one ride or 20, pay the […]

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Making a Splash: An In-depth Look at Hawaiian Falls Waterparks

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Making a splash around Texas are five locations of the family friendly waterpark chain, Hawaiian Falls, owned by Harvest Family Entertainment. With four locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area, and a fifth location eight miles south of Dallas, in Waco, these parks cater to families with kids aged 2-14. “Teens usually rule at most […]

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Top Tips for Indoor Waterpark Theming

September 11, 2012 No Comments

“Everything has to reflect the theme, from the seating, to the wallpaper in the restrooms, to the music playing in public areas.” – Holly Prater, Fort Rapids “Choose a theme that is really relevant to the area [with which] you’re associated, based on your region, and tied into your brand. We’re an Adirondack lodge, but […]

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Indoor Waterparks: Where the Theme Can Define the Experience

September 11, 2012 No Comments

For indoor waterparks, theming is as important, if not more important, than it is for indoor waterparks. “You want to give the impression that you’re not just operating the local swimming pool, but something different,” said Holly Prater, marketing and promotions coordinator at Fort Rapids, in Columbus, Ohio. Fort Rapids attracts 100,000 visitors annually and […]

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Revention Partners with Cashless and Entertainment Systems Supplier Embed

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Embed, a leading provider of cashless payment and revenue management systems for the amusement and family entertainment industry, has recently partnered with Revention as a POS provider for their growing base of pizza and restaurant anchored entertainment locations.  Currently installed at more than 1,000 locations worldwide, Embed Systems are used to manage the cashless operation […]

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The Garbage Details

September 6, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Once again, the IAAPA discussion group and their quest for information about garbage handling provided my blog topic. Responses could vary depending upon the size, budget and type of a park or attraction. That said, here are “the garbage details” that can be useful in every entertainment facility. Reasons To Be […]

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What Does The Guest Hear?

September 6, 2012 4 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel My car was getting poor gas mileage, so when I took it in for service, I asked to have my low-restriction reusable air filter removed and cleaned. I get better gas mileage using this type filter. While the car was being serviced, I was told it only had a stock paper […]

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Sponsors

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Soft Play

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Art Attack

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tear Repair

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Poly Products

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Max Flight

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

American Changer

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Store on Wheels

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Knight Equipment

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Embed

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Laser Star

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Formula K Raceways

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

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.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Bulbtronics

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

Aquaventronics

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Spectrum Sports

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Penny Press

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Rio Syrup

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

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Funovation
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