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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Max Flight

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

Aquaventronics

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Store on Wheels

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Sureshot Redemption

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Tear Repair

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Knight Equipment

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

Soft Play

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

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.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Poly Products

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Embed

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Art Attack

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

American Changer

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Bulbtronics

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Laser Star

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Spectrum Sports

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Penny Press

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Perfect Fry

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

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.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

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.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Rio Syrup

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

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