Archive for 2012

Not-So-Scary Advice on Investing in High Technology

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The time for surprises is definitely not in the beginning, when first setting up a haunted house attraction, agree proprietors. Maybe at that time, a little fear and timidity is a good idea. Crypt Master Chiller Chucky, owner of Fright Haven, West Haven, Conn., admitted to a beginners lack of business acumen albeit the passion […]

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In the Wild Workplace
Strategies for Successful Seasonal Zoo Staffing

September 11, 2012 No Comments

For some of us, the summer means kicking back and relaxing, but for zoos, the summer means more visitors and the need to hire workers to attend to those visitors. Located on the banks of the Red River is the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, N.D.  The zoo, whose name translated from Native American means “end […]

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Top Tips for Making Menu Boards Pop

September 11, 2012 No Comments

“For our buffet, the price list is bright, simple and easy to see.” – Kenny Kimbell “The best menu board is on a TV screen that flashes a picture of the food, video and individual menu items.” – Jerry Barton “Keep things as concise as possible, not busy and cluttered.” – Mark Foley “We have […]

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Locking Flavor and Freshness into Fast Food

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The menu items that qualify as “fast” at family entertainment center food outlets didn’t get there just on the merits of quick prep and service.  A long series of steps that’s anything but fast pave the customer’s quick turnaround time from the restaurant table back to the fun. From the research into what items to […]

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Top Tips for Attracting Customers to Bulk Vending Machines

September 11, 2012 No Comments

“Lighting is important. Keeping machines well-lit and of course, full, ensures that people can’t miss them.” – Greg Duke, Video Amusement and Music Co. “Sometimes, light panels with flashing panels around them work. Otherwise, it is all about putting in brightly colored, eye-catching product. That is what really attracts children.” – Anita Erzybysz, East Coast […]

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Bulk Vending Report: Operators Buck Bulk Vending Challenges

September 11, 2012 No Comments

While no one is certain exactly of the cause, the bulk vending business has slowed down somewhat over the past year or so. However, bulk vending companies continue to focus on best sellers, as well as to follow other strategies aimed at bolstering the performance of machines and merchandise geared toward customers of all ages. […]

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New Jersey Arcades In-Depth:
The Game Room and The Game Room South

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Located in two separate New Jersey beach towns are the fun-packed, game-filled arcades, The Game Room, in Keansburg and The Game Room South, in Seaside Heights. Both of these amusement centers feature the best in arcade games, such as Skeeball, poker machines, slots and crane machines. “Both locations are operated in the same way,” said […]

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Successful Show Heads to Philadelphia in Late September

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The AIR Show, the world’s largest Inflatable Play Structure Trade Show, dedicated exclusively to this industry, started with a hugely successful Show in Arlington, Texas, and now moves to Philadelphia on September 26, 27 and 28. Unlike other trade shows that hold a single event, usually in the same location each year, The AIR Show […]

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Five Tips for Improving the Guest Experience with Inflatables

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Safety is first Have attendants on duty to engage guests and allow hosts to tend to other party duties Make sure clients understand the importance of inflating and deflating the bouncer correctly Make sure clients understand the proper way for guests to use the bouncer Make the bouncer the centerpiece of entertainment for an event

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Leaving Nothing to Chance <br/> Advice for Best Inflatables Safety Practices

Leaving Nothing to Chance
Advice for Best Inflatables Safety Practices

September 11, 2012 No Comments

In the last decade, inflatable amusements have become a staple in the party rental industry. Many small companies that began as part-time endeavors have blossomed into full-time operations that book dozens of clients per month.  As the industry has grown in popularity, the inflatables have grown in design, size and variety. Darren Morizet started Partytime […]

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Sponsors

Knight Equipment

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Poly Products

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Max Flight

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

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.

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Laser Star

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Extreme Engineering

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Family Fun Corp.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Penny Press

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Spectrum Sports

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Store on Wheels

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Embed

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Art Attack

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

Rio Syrup

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

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.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

American Changer

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