Archive for 2012

Faster, Louder and More Daring
Amusement Park Technology Trends

November 1, 2012 No Comments

From thrill rides to systems implemented behind the scenes, amusement parks continue on a trajectory of technological innovation. In rides, faster, louder and more daring than ever appear to be the watchwords. New for the 2012 season at Busch Gardens-Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va., is the Verbolten roller coaster, which is based on the theme of […]

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A Safe, New Concept: Soaring Eagle Ziplines

November 1, 2012 No Comments

The Soaring Eagle Zipline is a new concept in zipline-type rides that has many advantages over the traditional versions of the attractions. Extremely safe, the ride allows for two participants to ride at one time. Additionally, riders load and unload at the same location, and only one operator is required. Soaring Eagle Ziplines can cycle […]

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The Return of The Family Dark Ride

November 1, 2012 No Comments

New rides in the amusement industry often seem to follow a cyclical pattern.  Over the years, a wide variety of ride types have ebbed and flowed in popularity, including times when simulators or 3D or raft rides were the latest hot option.  Through it all though two ride types have seemed to endure longer than […]

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Prime Time for Themed Locations <br/> Company Adds Larger-than-Life Prop Creation to Roster of Services

Prime Time for Themed Locations
Company Adds Larger-than-Life Prop Creation to Roster of Services

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Prime Time Amusements (PTA), one of the premier global operators, sellers and event renters of video arcade machines and simulators since 1992, recently launched a new division in hopes of eventually becoming just as known for its abilities to theme facilities while also producing larger-than-life foam creations. The new division, titled Prop Creations, is led […]

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Huge Retractable Aluminum-Domed Waterpark Is Under Construction in the Ukraine

Huge Retractable Aluminum-Domed Waterpark Is Under Construction in the Ukraine

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Construction of the biggest aluminum-domed indoor waterpark is near completion in Donetsk, Ukraine, paving the way for an exciting new entertainment venue that’s unlike anything Europe has seen before. The 61,000ft²  / 5,667m² Aquatoria, slated to become the largest retractable aluminum-domed indoor waterpark in the world, is being built by Canadian company OpenAire, Inc., a […]

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MaxFlight Tackles High Profile International Projects

MaxFlight Tackles High Profile International Projects

November 1, 2012 No Comments

MaxFlight has been involved in several high profile international projects in 2012. In Baku, Azerbaijan, two MaxFlight FS-VC Simulators were installed at the MegaFun entertainment center in the Yeni Hayat complex. When the complex is open, it will be one of the largest family entertainment centers in Europe. In Lempaala, Finland, two MaxFlight FS-VC Simulators were installed […]

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CCI Promotes International Hiring with Work and Travel Program

November 1, 2012 No Comments

The Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) Greenheart can fulfill seasonal staffing needs through the J-1 Work Travel Program. This cultural exchange program brings international university students to work up to four months at a United States business. CCI also offers businesses the opportunity to travel to international destinations to meet potential candidates and conduct their […]

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Extreme Engineering Offers New Fly Wire Zipline and Zipline Technology

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Extreme Engineering will be showcasing at the IAAPA Attractions Expo the new Fly Wire Zipline and Decelinator, which has been nominated for best technology applied. Attendees can participate on the most thrilling zipline in the world, with riders traveling over 21 miles per hour the length of a football field. The company will also be hosting […]

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Billings Productions, Inc., Develops New Dinosaur Company Division

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Billings Productions, Inc., has developed a new division for its prehistoric creatures, The Dinosaur Company.  Founded in 2004 by Larry and Sandra Billings, the company provides realistic animatronic dinosaurs for the education and entertainment of the public out of Allen, Texas. The company has found success built on  Larry’s engineering background and Sandra’s intuitive business […]

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Britton Gallagher Acquires Wisconsin Agency

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Britton Gallagher has acquired Beckman Insurance Agency of Wisconsin. The acquisition is part of the firm’s strategic growth plan in the amusement industry. “This purchase clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the (amusement) industry,” said Drew Tewksbury, vice president and program manager of Britton Gallagher’s amusement insurance program. Beckman Insurance Agency has been serving the […]

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Sponsors

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Soft Play

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Embed

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Spectrum Sports

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Tear Repair

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

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.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Perfect Fry

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Poly Products

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

American Changer

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Laser Star

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

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.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Max Flight

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Art Attack

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Bulbtronics

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

Penny Press

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Store on Wheels

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Extreme Engineering

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Aquaventronics

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Rio Syrup

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

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.

Knight Equipment

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Brunswick Bowling

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

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