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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Sureshot Redemption

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Max Flight

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Penny Press

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

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.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Laser Star

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Perfect Fry

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

American Changer

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Aquaventronics

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Poly Products

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

Tear Repair

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Knight Equipment

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

Extreme Engineering

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Rio Syrup

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

Store on Wheels

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Embed

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Soft Play

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

Art Attack

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Spectrum Sports

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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