Archive for 2012

January 2012

January 5, 2012 No Comments

CARNIVALS AND FAIRS SPECIAL REPORT A Spot in the Shade — Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry — State fairs are always looking to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements and to make it more probable that they will enjoy the fairs for longer periods of time. […]

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Sacoa Playcard System and Ordyx Announce Partnership at the IAAPA Expo

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Sacoa POS powered by Ordyx integrates a full restaurant POS with all the available debit card system functionalities of the Sacoa Playcard System. The partnership between the two companies was announced at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. Ordyx provides customers with the capability of manager approvals from outside the restaurant, SMS notifications, handheld compatibility, inventory […]

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Falgas Is Again a Winner at the IAAPA Attractions Expo

Falgas Is Again a Winner at the IAAPA Attractions Expo

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Falgas Comercial S.L., a world-leading kiddie ride manufacturer, proudly accepted the Brass Ring Award for Best New Coin-Operated Kiddie Ride for the third consecutive year at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The 2011 winner, the 4X4 Safari Car, is the latest in a series of kiddie rides that combine the traditional ride experience with the […]

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Hersheypark Performer Wins IAAPA Award

January 5, 2012 No Comments

A Hersheypark performer, Lindsay Karchawer, was recognized as the 2011 Best Female Performer at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. Karchawer, a native of Goshen, N.Y., was a performer in the cast of “Rock the Jukebox!” Karchawer also performed in “Christmas in Chocolate Town, A Holiday Dinner Musical,” last year at the Hershey Lodge. Both shows […]

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Trends in Amusement Park Temporary Food Service Outlets

Trends in Amusement Park Temporary Food Service Outlets

January 5, 2012 No Comments

As the second-oldest amusement park in North America, Cedar Point has been welcoming generations of tourists since the late 1800s. And while the classic park has introduced quite a few new attractions in recent years, like roller coasters, water rides and a kids’ section, the park hasn’t forgotten its family roots in the Midwestern town […]

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Popular Themes and Actors: <br /> Haunted Attractions Tailor the Experience to the Times

Popular Themes and Actors:
Haunted Attractions Tailor the Experience to the Times

January 5, 2012 1 Comment

Every Halloween season, thrill-seekers gather at haunted attractions, with the desire to be in the presence of terror.  The owners of these haunts work with skilled actors and makeup artists in order to deliver the creepiest, most sinister characters and provide the best fright nights imaginable. Located in an old theater, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse of […]

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A Holistic Approach to Family Fun Takes Flight in Oregon <br /> Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark

A Holistic Approach to Family Fun Takes Flight in Oregon
Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark

January 5, 2012 No Comments

A unique combination of museum and waterpark, The Evergreen Air and Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., with its Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark, is fulfilling an educational and entertainment mission for the whole family. The tie-in of the waterpark to the Air and Space Museum is as visual a treat as it is an experiential […]

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Zoo Exhibit Redesign and Elephant Conservation

Zoo Exhibit Redesign and Elephant Conservation

January 4, 2012 1 Comment

Elephants are the largest living land animal on Earth and one of the most intelligent animals. Sadly, they are also one of the most endangered species.  However, a resurgence among zoos to help stabilize the population has helped their cause.  Many zoos are seeking to educate the public about how important these animals are and […]

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Flooring Solutions Are Available from Jane Farrell Turf & Carpets, Inc.

January 4, 2012 No Comments

Jane Farrell Turf & Carpets, Inc., offers vinyl tile, which is engineered for commercial applications, durable and aesthetically attractive. The tiles are available in 26 styles and many patterns and colors for customers seeking an area to appear as grass, stone, water, sparkles, concrete, solids or wood. This flooring is a solution for birthday party […]

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Birthday University Announces New Format for 2012

Birthday University Announces New Format for 2012

January 4, 2012 No Comments

Birthday University (BU) has announced a new format for 2012.  BU has been touring internationally for the past 12 years, educating thousands of commercial business owners how to deliver a more unique, higher value party that yields greater profitability.  This evolution has now spun into adult and corporate group events as well as enhancing the […]

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Sponsors

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Family Fun Corp.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Soft Play

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Laser Star

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Penny Press

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Rio Syrup

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Tear Repair

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Art Attack

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Poly Products

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

American Changer

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Bulbtronics

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

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.

Formula K Raceways

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Max Flight

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

Aquaventronics

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Embed

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Knight Equipment

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Store on Wheels

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Spectrum Sports

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Perfect Fry

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

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Empex Water Toys