Archive for 2012

Designing a Waterpark to Meet the Needs of All Ages

February 16, 2012 No Comments

The idea of a “one size fits all” waterpark is great in principle. However, it’s not easy to appeal to a child’s desire for adventure while at the same time addressing a parent’s concern for safety. Below are some strategies for meeting the needs of a wide variety of visitors. Create attractions and activities that […]

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Activities For Every Age – Demographic Considerations and the Attraction Mix

Activities For Every Age – Demographic Considerations and the Attraction Mix

February 16, 2012 No Comments

With features like “Kiddie Cove” and the “Lazy River,” indoor and outdoor waterparks put great effort into creating activities that appeal to young children and their parents. However, an equal number of slides with names like “Cyclone” and “Banzai” offer older kids and adults the thrills they seek. The job for park operators is to […]

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Disney’s Calculated Bet – Avatar at Florida’s Animal Kingdom

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Okay, two quick questions: Who is Jake Sully and what is a Na’vi? Not quite sure? That shouldn’t be surprising because you’re probably in good company as it relates to the number of average Americans who don’t know the answer without first Googling it.  While we haven’t found any official polls on how many Americans […]

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Operating Strategies: A Passion for Industry Growth

Operating Strategies: A Passion for Industry Growth

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Behind the bright and inviting family entertainment centers and innovative redemption and video games, kiddie rides and prize-dispensing machines from Universal Space (UNIS®) is an underlying passion for the industry, according to Steven Tan. “We have a lot of passion for this industry. The industry has become truly global the past few years, where we […]

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Digital Centre Launching Five New Products

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Digital Centre, in its 15th anniversary year, is introducing five new and versatile products. These successful photo booths include a wide range of features, such as gigantic Photo Strips, Video Confessions option, Real Portable Booths, new Strip Kiosk concept, customizable software, Social Networks capabilities and more.

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Extreme Engineering Wins Its Sixth Industry Award from IAAPA

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Extreme Engineering, a leader in climbing walls, ziplines, Extreme Airs and jumper products, was awarded its sixth award at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo trade show. The Zippin Zone zipline and Balloon Battles received plenty of praise in the four days of the show.  Director of Marketing Philip Wilson said from the results of the […]

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Universal Orlando Resort to Offer More New Entertainment Experiences in 2012

February 16, 2012 No Comments

In 2012, Universal Orlando Resort will debut more adventure, excitement, laughter and awe-inspiring moments than ever before. The new experiences will begin debuting in February, including a new Blue Man Group show; The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. a Superstar Parade and the nighttime show Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories. And coming […]

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Coast to Coast Offers 95 cent Plush Mix

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Coast to Coast Entertainment is offering a new 95 cent crane mix that will add bright colors and fullness to your cranes. Available is a mix with plush and inflated Knobby Balls and a second mix with plush with smooth, inflated Cartoon Character Balls. “By using a mix with a combination of plush and balls, […]

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Markel Announces Agreement to Acquire Thomco

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Markel Corporation and Thompson Insurance Enterprises, LLC dba Thomco recently announced that they have entered into an agreement for Markel to acquire Thomco, which is headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga. “We are very compatible organizations,” said Greg Thompson, Thomco’s chairman. “Both companies have built an excellent reputation for integrity, customer service and underwriting discipline.  Markel prides […]

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Fun Spot Attractions Moves into Waterparks with SplashTacular, Inc.

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Fun Spot Attractions Owner and President John Arie recently announced the addition of a waterpark component to the Orlando, Fla., location. “Fun Spot Attractions and SplashTacular are the perfect combination, the perfect team. I have no doubt that together we will have the most exciting facility and rides in the area. We are looking forward […]

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Sponsors

Spectrum Sports

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

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.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Extreme Engineering

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Max Flight

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Soft Play

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

American Changer

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Rio Syrup

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Aquaventronics

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

Poly Products

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Tear Repair

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

Perfect Fry

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Embed

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

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.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Store on Wheels

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Bulbtronics

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

Laser Star

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Art Attack

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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