Archive for 2012

Business Strategies:
Top Tips For Handling Tokens and Redemption Tickets

April 3, 2012 No Comments

The handling of tokens and/or prize redemption tickets is a “necessary evil” for most, if not all, family entertainment centers, as well as for other leisure venues that have coin-operated games and attractions. Control over both components is most easily achieved through a few simple “best practices.” On the token side, operators whose facilities use […]

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Business Strategies:
Using Lighting to Improve the Appearance of Leisure Entertainment Facilities

March 27, 2012 No Comments

Increasingly, owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities are taking into account that lighting, like most design components, plays a significant role in “making” or “breaking” the appearance of their venues and, in turn, the visitor experience. Consider the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, N.Y., where an outdoor lighting installation […]

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Empex Watertoys Inaugurates a New Terrace Spraypark

Empex Watertoys Inaugurates a New Terrace Spraypark

March 21, 2012 No Comments

International Spraypark Product News Empex Watertoys® has added another terrace spraypark in Singapore at the Changi Mall. Space being at a premium, shopping malls in Singapore are using all available real estate to add new attractions to draw customers. Terraces and rooftops, once unused spaces, are now utilized for creative sprayparks to delight and cool […]

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Business Strategies:
Top Tips for Maintaining Foodservice Equipment

March 20, 2012 No Comments

Foodservice equipment represents a sizeable investment for any leisure entertainment facility that offers freshly prepared snacks or meals rather than those that come out of a vending machine. Protecting and leveraging this investment necessitates proper equipment maintenance. Such maintenance starts with regular cleaning. Almost every manufacturer provides a recommended cleaning schedule for each piece of […]

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Glo Cone International Is a Hit on Katy Perry Tour

Glo Cone International Is a Hit on Katy Perry Tour

March 15, 2012 No Comments

Glo Cone International created sales and excitement on Katy Perry’s 2011 California Dreams North American Tour. The pop singer, songwriter and actress played approximately 52 shows in United States and Canadian cities between June and November. Glo Cone retailed its FDA-approved flashing cotton candy cone for the tour, said Gary Lauber, owner and partner with […]

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Business Strategies: Adding Profits with New Attractions and Rides

March 12, 2012 No Comments

It’s no secret that adding even one new attraction or ride to a leisure entertainment facility necessitates what could be a sizeable financial outlay. However, such a move offers significant payback in the form of return on investment and increased profits. For some owners and operators, the enhanced profit potential comes from the ability of […]

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Positive Encouragement

March 12, 2012 6 Comments

My favorite form of gratification and amazement is seeing what great things employees are able to accomplish when they are trained and encouraged to perform. The Leader’s Job As I preach in my “Train The Trainer” classes, a leader often has to provide encouragement to rookies on the job, letting them know that they can […]

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Business Strategies: Theming Your Leisure Entertainment Facility for Maximum Impact

March 5, 2012 No Comments

“Theming” is a great way for leisure entertainment facilities to enhance their guests’ experience and distinguish themselves from similar operations, providing it is well thought out and thoroughly executed. While there is nothing inherently wrong with selecting a theme based at least in part on instinct or personal preference, other considerations can, and probably should, […]

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Business Strategies: Obtaining the Proper Insurance Coverage

February 22, 2012 No Comments

Purchasing and maintaining the right insurance coverage has always been a must for owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities and rental concerns, but is now more important than ever given society’s increasing tendency to initiate lawsuits at seemingly every turn. While it may be tempting to sign on the dotted line with the first […]

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Sweets for the Smallest Guests

Sweets for the Smallest Guests

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Trends in Dessert Options at Children’s Museums When parents plan a family outing at a children’s museum, they are thinking about more than just the fun adventures that await their kids. They are also thinking about food; what can they feed their children while they are out and what will their options be?  With the […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Embed

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Formula K Raceways

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Tear Repair

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Max Flight

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

Rio Syrup

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Poly Products

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Bulbtronics

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Laser Star

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

American Changer

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Spectrum Sports

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Perfect Fry

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

Aquaventronics

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

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.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Store on Wheels

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Penny Press

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Knight Equipment

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

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