Archive for 2012

A Quick Bite:
Classic Snacks and Beverages Dominate the Vending Market

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Snacks remain an important part of the American diet, and operators of snack and beverage vending machines continue to capitalize on this trend. Here is a peek at the businesses of, and success practices employed by, four different operators in various parts of the United States. Serving Orlando, Orange, Seminole and surrounding counties, Gator Vending, […]

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Top Strategies to Profit from Food and Beverage

April 5, 2012 No Comments

In a country where food is plentiful and cheap, we tend to snack on the go and during our time spent being entertained. “Since everyone is always rushing around in a hurry these days, there’s often no time for three square meals. So grazing, or snacking on mini-meals, becomes important,” said Marilyn Stephenson, a registered […]

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The New Look of Fast Food
Popular Menus and Kitchen Equipment at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Whatever you do, just don’t call it junk food. For many fun centers around the country that specialize in go-kart racing and mini golf, fast food is among the most popular options for kids of all ages. That doesn’t mean you’ll find McDonald’s or other giant chains at these venues. Instead, hard-working kitchens are producing […]

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Three Top Tips for Selling Fun Food

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Invest in a colorful menu. Showcase the foods with full-color photos. And if the venue or restaurant has a theme, match the menu graphics and style with that theme. For example, a tropical restaurant might feature a brightly colored menu, while a retro or even diner-themed eatery might play off of 1950s Americana. Include a […]

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Kitchen Workhorses – The Hardest-Working Equipment

April 5, 2012 No Comments

THE GRILL. Today, grills can be used to cook up everything from hot sandwiches to fresh meats to top salads and other specialties. Many cooks at fun centers are finding creative ways to introduce healthier food alternatives using grills, especially for picky kids. THE PIZZA OVEN. Whether the pizza is frozen or made from scratch, […]

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Trending Menus
Creative Interpretations of Retro Bowling Food

April 5, 2012 No Comments

For some bowling centers, a lucky strike is finding the perfect balance between the games and the food being served. But as more boutique bowling alleys pop up around the country – like the ultra-hip North Bowl in Philadelphia’s trendy Northern Liberties neighborhood – or even Lucky Strike in Los Angeles, bowlers are expecting a […]

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Digital Menu Boards <br />The Price Is Right To Add This Upgrade To Your Center

Digital Menu Boards
The Price Is Right To Add This Upgrade To Your Center

April 5, 2012 No Comments

I am so excited about digital menu boards, and for a very good reason!  First let me detail some of their benefits, and at the end of this article I’ll tell you why I’m so jazzed. The digital menu board is an ideal option when thinking about the replacement of your conventional light boxes or […]

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The Top Five Marketing Tools Your Center Should Have

April 5, 2012 No Comments

The path to creating excitement for your center has been changing lately. Are you keeping up? Here are five things your FEC should have in place to embrace the new promotional landscape: Modernize your website. Websites were never intended to be created and ignored. Are you keeping the content on your site fresh? Consider moving […]

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Meeting the Challenges of Smart Food Service Staffing and Training

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Tips for Good Decisions No matter the attraction, customers want to have a tasty, no-surprise food experience as part of the fun.  Regardless if they are cooks, frontline or wait staff, your staff has to deliver quality food all served up with a generous measure of consistently exceptional customer service. From hiring employees with the […]

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Food Served with Vision and Planning

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Having specific goals to bolster a broad vision and aid in business planning are the hallmarks of a forward-thinking roadmap for the future. In the quick-changing and sometimes unpredictable leisure entertainment industry, keeping an eye toward the direction of the industry and its many fluctuations represent an important mindset to launching successful brands and experiences. […]

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Sponsors

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.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Aquaventronics

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Knight Equipment

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Soft Play

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

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.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Perfect Fry

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Poly Products

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

Embed

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Formula K Raceways

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Art Attack

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Store on Wheels

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Penny Press

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

American Changer

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Laser Star

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Bulbtronics

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment 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.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Tear Repair

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Spectrum
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Funovation