Archive for 2012

Finding the Right Vendors the First Time

June 1, 2012 No Comments

An online search for a product or service will yield instant results. But how can you find the best family entertainment center vendors from amid a sea of competitors that promise outstanding goods and services, but may or may not deliver on their claims? And how do you key into all of the latest thinking […]

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June 2012

June 1, 2012 No Comments

The Large Park Report Public Relations at Large Parks – Strategies to Manage Real Time Reporters and Professional Fans The exciting opportunity that real time coverage offers in quickly spreading news about your facility must be balanced with the fact that not every real time blogger has an audience worth seeking out.  The trick is […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

May 23, 2012 No Comments

  Western Hemisphere’s Largest Observation Wheel to Deliver Unrivaled Views of Las Vegas Skyline and Introduce Experiential Retail and Dining Destination Skyvue Las Vegas Observation Wheel Completes First Phase of Construction, Breaks Ground on Retail and Dining District SkyVue, an iconic 500-square-foot observation wheel rapidly taking shape on the Las Vegas Strip, has completed the […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

May 5, 2012 No Comments

Gold Medal Voted the Best Place to Work Gold Medal Products Co. was recently recognized by an independent panel representing various businesses as a Best Place to Work in Cincinnati. This is the second year in a row Gold Medal has received a Manny Award from a business publication, last year was for New Product Development/Innovation. […]

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Show Photo Correction

Show Photo Correction

May 2, 2012 No Comments

The Company affiliation of Michael H. Plouffe and Thomas A. Plouffe was stated incorrectly in the April/May 2012 print edition of TAP. The two are from Specialty Insurance, and were photographed at the Gibsonton Trade Show.

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Are You Selling the Juice?

April 30, 2012 No Comments

  By Allen F. Weitzel   Recently, an industry friend from a notable amusement facility asked me to comment on the subject of providing electrical recharging services to park guests. I answered his question and then realized that this subject might be of interest to our TAP readers. Feel free to join in with your […]

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Machine Gun Kelly Left a Message

April 30, 2012 4 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Machine Gun Kelly and his gangster mob from the 1920s and 1930s were not exactly stand-up people. On September 26, 1933, in Memphis, Tenn., the gang was broken up, and ceased to carve up and fracture the law. It seems, however, that they are still around – somewhat. Our management lesson […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

April 25, 2012 No Comments

Laserforce Opens its Fifth Site with Australia’s Largest Boutique Bowling Chain Laserforce recently opened its fifth state-of-the-art Laserforce facility with Australia’s largest privately owned bowling chain – Strike Bowling. Strike currently owns 12 boutique bowling bars throughout Australia that provide customers with a high-end bowling experience in a sophisticated bar-type atmosphere. Strike has integrated Laserforce […]

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Business Strategies:
Making the Admissions Process Fast and Easy

April 10, 2012 No Comments

For most, if not all visitors to leisure entertainment facilities, few things are more aggravating than experiencing a delay or other hassles at the entrance. Owners and operators can take several different approaches, technology-oriented and otherwise, in order to minimize such problems. Ensuring that information pertaining to admission prices, packages, extras and rules and regulations […]

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Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off

Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off

April 7, 2012 No Comments

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update Who would have thought that a single Boy Wizard could bring such financial magic to the theme park industry?  Yet, that’s exactly what has happened with Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened two summers ago to great fanfare in Central Florida. Harry’s World is comprised of […]

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Sponsors

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Bulbtronics

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

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.

Extreme Engineering

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Knight Equipment

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Soft Play

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Perfect Fry

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Tear Repair

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Rio Syrup

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Poly Products

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Max Flight

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Art Attack

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

American Changer

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Aquaventronics

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

Store on Wheels

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Laser Star

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

Embed

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Penny Press

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys