Archive for 2012

Engaging Guests’ Senses with Food <br / > Profit-making Strategies from Haunted Attractions

Engaging Guests’ Senses with Food
Profit-making Strategies from Haunted Attractions

April 6, 2012 No Comments

Owners and managers of America’s haunted attractions are always on the look out to increase profits.  One of the fastest ways to boost sales and cash flow, according to experienced haunted attraction owners: Add food and beverage concessions to enhance the customers’ experience. Nancy Jubie of Headless Horseman, a 45-acre historic farm in Ulster Park, […]

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Admissions and Ticketing <br /> Welcoming Systems at Children’s Museums

Admissions and Ticketing
Welcoming Systems at Children’s Museums

April 6, 2012 No Comments

Children’s museums greet thousands of guests each year, and they use a variety of admissions policies and procedures to keep the crowds moving smoothly through their doors. The 10,000-square-foot Amelia Park Children’s Museum in Westfield, Mass., welcomes more than 35,000 guests per year. The museum is currently running 11 interactive exhibits that highlight themes such […]

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Keeping it Clean <br /> How FECs Snuff Out Germs at Eating Spaces

Keeping it Clean
How FECs Snuff Out Germs at Eating Spaces

April 6, 2012 No Comments

Though friendly germs far exceed the bad guys, better safe than sorry is the predominant approach of FEC food service departments to avoiding any possibility of the spread of infectious disease-causing germs hanging around on surfaces. Reliance on hand-washing is not an option. Thoroughness in cleaning strategies is the only one and every facility has […]

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April/May 2012

April 5, 2012 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update – Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off – Despite the well-publicized thrills at Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, more instructive for industry watchers may be the attraction’s high-profit food, beverage and merchandise operations. FOOD SERVICE SPOTLIGHT Keeping it Clean – How FECs […]

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April / May 2012

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Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards Announced

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine, along with Foundations Entertainment University, in mid-March announced the winners of the first annual Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards. Ten FECs, and a children’s museum for its website, were recognized for setting new standards for excellence in the industry. Award winners were announced during the 2012 Amusement Expo in […]

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Beyond the Traditional
Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment Takes Its Place

April 5, 2012 No Comments

A new form of public-space entertainment that builds on the foundation started by video amusement some 40 years ago has taken hold. As we all take a close look at our respective entertainment facilities business, we awaken to the reality that we work in a sector undergoing transition. While some benefit from the “stay-cation” bounce […]

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Unusual Options Gain Ground
Food Service Equipment For Party Rental Companies

April 5, 2012 No Comments

With the economy now in “recovery” mode, party rental companies are seeing steady interest in food service equipment rentals to accompany such staples as inflatables, tables, chairs and tents. Popcorn machines and “standard” food preparation equipment, like coffee makers and chafing dishes, continue to rank at the top of consumers’ rental lists. However, for at […]

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A Toast to Serving Guests <br /> How Alcohol Fits into Zoo Beverage Offerings

A Toast to Serving Guests
How Alcohol Fits into Zoo Beverage Offerings

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Zoos are going the extra distance to make their facilities more welcoming to adults.  Mixers and after-hours special events are attracting adults to zoos and helping to build memberships, and during the day many zoos are now offering beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages in their restaurants and cafes. The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, […]

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Following the Kids Toward Popular Products

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Follow children into restaurants, schools, family entertainment centers and while they wait for parents and you’ll see what’s hot in vending machines for 2012. And while you’re at it, don’t stop in the vestibule if you want to build new revenue. As the folks did at Vendomatic, Inc., based in Frederick, Md., the bulk vending […]

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Sponsors

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Penny Press

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Laser Star

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

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.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Perfect Fry

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Tear Repair

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

American Changer

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Spectrum Sports

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Embed

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Store on Wheels

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Bulbtronics

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

Rio Syrup

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Max Flight

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Art Attack

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Extreme Engineering

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

Poly Products

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Aquaventronics

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

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.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Soft Play

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

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