Archive for 2012

Media Vision Inc. Spotlights Award-winning Products in a New Facility

Media Vision Inc. Spotlights Award-winning Products in a New Facility

November 1, 2012 No Comments

The September, 2012, opening of Media Vision Inc.’s Fun² family entertainment center location in Whitby, Canada, comes on the heels of 15 years of combat arena manufacturing and theming experience of the company’s Tom and Andy Appleton. The pair have successfully set up fun centers worldwide, and the locations are typically between 10,000 and 20,000 […]

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How to Approach Your Laser Tag Project or Renovation for Maximum Impact

November 1, 2012 No Comments

When approaching a new laser tag project or an upgrade to an existing one, which direction should you take? Are you focused on the right things or on what the salesmen may be trying to sell you? Let’s examine some of the major players you will need to examine and discuss how to properly evaluate […]

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Expanding Yesterday’s Stand-Alone Entertainment Venues to Appeal to Today’s Fun-Seeking Families

Expanding Yesterday’s Stand-Alone Entertainment Venues to Appeal to Today’s Fun-Seeking Families

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Bowling, Roller Skating, Laser Tag, Arcades. Not that long ago, you would have needed to visit four different venues in order to enjoy these various entertainment attractions. Now, as many entertainment center owners are finding out, in order to stay competitive and, in some cases, stay open, one source of entertainment in no longer enough. […]

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Meeting an Operational Challenge
The Care of Flooring, Carpet and Turf

November 1, 2012 No Comments

While the recession continues, for lack of a better word, to recede, owners and operators of facilities with mini-golf and go-kart components continue to believe that when it comes to carpet, turf and flooring, diligent cleaning and maintenance, coupled with preventive measures, beat frequent replacement. They also find that no single type of surface is […]

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Powered Up for Fun <br/> How Bumper Cars Enhance the Guest Experience

Powered Up for Fun
How Bumper Cars Enhance the Guest Experience

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Bumper cars are classic family fun, and while once relegated to amusement parks, they are now finding homes in bowling centers, Family Entertainment Centers and even flea markets where they play a major role in enhancing customer experience. Known nationally as America’s largest weekend flea marketplace, Traders Village has three locations. The original site, which […]

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Where the Menu Fits the Mood <br/> Bowling Centers Offer Fun with Food

Where the Menu Fits the Mood
Bowling Centers Offer Fun with Food

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Bowling centers around the nation are no longer offering snack bars as pure amenities. They are using them to draw business by adding creative items or expanding them into full-service restaurants in the hopes of attracting more customers, even those that might not want to bowl. The simplest way to increase sales and draw new […]

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SplashTacular To Unveil Two Six-Story Waterpark Attractions at Six Flags America and Six Flags New England Next Season

SplashTacular To Unveil Two Six-Story Waterpark Attractions at Six Flags America and Six Flags New England Next Season

November 1, 2012 No Comments

For the third consecutive year, SplashTacular is pleased to announce the upcoming installation of one of their brand-new rides, but even more impressively, it’s coming in pairs. Six Flags America in Maryland and Six Flags New England in Massachusetts announced recently that they will both add SplashTacular’s DownUnder™ attraction to their Hurricane Harbor waterparks for […]

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Empex Presents a New AQUACIRCUS with AQUABATS

Empex Presents a New AQUACIRCUS with AQUABATS

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Empex Watertoys® has developed a new design layout for their award-winning AQUACIRCUS® concept that is suitable for smaller venues in hotels and resorts, theme parks and waterparks. The central feature is a highly interactive waterslide intensive Aquadek with a series of hand wheels empowering the kids to create the action. Wheels spin, rotors turn, gears […]

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The Relationship Factor
For Parks, the Link to Agents and Brokers is Critical

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Dealing with insurance companies goes beyond picking up the phone and reporting an accident. Waterpark owners and managers said developing relationships with insurance brokers and agents is crucial. “I think we try to be transparent and try to give them all the information we have and then some about everything, whether it’s how we operate […]

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Waterpark Insurance: <br/> Negotiating a Narrow Market for Best Results

Waterpark Insurance:
Negotiating a Narrow Market for Best Results

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Unlike most business, waterparks have few options when it comes to selecting insurance companies. That generally means high premiums due to lack of competitive pricing. However, waterpark owners and managers believe the insurance companies they must deal with are excellent to work with and meet their needs quite well. “It’s a relatively small industry so […]

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Sponsors

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

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.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Tear Repair

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Art Attack

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Spectrum Sports

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Aquaventronics

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

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.

Store on Wheels

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

American Changer

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

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.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Extreme Engineering

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Max Flight

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

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.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Sureshot Redemption

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Embed

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Knight Equipment

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Family Fun Corp.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Soft Play

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Penny Press

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Rio Syrup

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

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