Archive for 2012

Glo’ Zone Station: An Entrepreneurial Spirit Fuels a New FEC in New Zealand

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The road from Henderson to Albany is only 15 miles, but for Stephen and Darya, this journey was so much more than that. This New Zealand couple already owned and operated a mini-golf facility in Henderson (just west of Auckland), and they were researching the possibility of opening a new entertainment center. Their original site, […]

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LittleDuffer Mini Golf Answers a Demand for Low-cost Mini Golf

September 11, 2012 No Comments

LittleDuffer Mini Golf is launched as a low-cost indoor or outdoor modular miniature golf course for use by campgrounds, hotels, special events, fund raisers and rental companies, and many other users with limited budget and space. “Adventure Golf Services created LittleDuffer to answer the customer demand for a smaller and a more economically priced miniature […]

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Enhancing the Attractions Mix

Enhancing the Attractions Mix

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Exploring the Winning Combination of Inflatables, Mini-Golf and Go-Karts To be a true Family Entertainment Center, many FECs look for attractions that will bring in guests from all age groups. Some of the most popular attractions for toddlers and young children are inflatables. When FECs combine their go-karts and mini-golf and other attractions with bounces, […]

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Themed Bowling Centers: A Balance Between Sport and Style

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Bowling has long been an enjoyable, recreational sport for families, teens, young adults and seniors. While the game is enjoyable no matter the surroundings, many bowling centers are capitalizing on particular themes, in order to draw crowds and boost excitement. A step inside Rifle Fireside Lanes, in Rifle, Colo., takes you back in time to […]

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BPAA Unveils New Entertainment Center Management School

September 11, 2012 No Comments

First of Its Kind Program Designed for Non-Traditional Bowling Centers The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA), the voice of the bowling industry, has announced the addition of the School of Entertainment Center Management (ECM) to its Bowling University program. The unique new school is designed for those who are, or who could become, high-level […]

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Is Your Business “App”-tly Represented?

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Everybody Seems to Have an App, Should You? Quick, without looking, how many apps do you have on your phone or tablet? It seems that not too long ago phones were, well, just phones.  Then texting, photos and video.  And now, apps.  Not just one or two apps.  In fact, it seems you can’t get […]

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Surcharge Attractions: How Parks Are Adding Value to the Visit

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Ever since Disney’s parks evolved from a “pay as you ride” ticketing strategy to a single admission approach, other theme parks have, by and large, incorporated that same method.  The advantage is that a facility can project admission revenue with more certainty because all entering guests, whether they ride one ride or 20, pay the […]

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Making a Splash: An In-depth Look at Hawaiian Falls Waterparks

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Making a splash around Texas are five locations of the family friendly waterpark chain, Hawaiian Falls, owned by Harvest Family Entertainment. With four locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area, and a fifth location eight miles south of Dallas, in Waco, these parks cater to families with kids aged 2-14. “Teens usually rule at most […]

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Top Tips for Indoor Waterpark Theming

September 11, 2012 No Comments

“Everything has to reflect the theme, from the seating, to the wallpaper in the restrooms, to the music playing in public areas.” – Holly Prater, Fort Rapids “Choose a theme that is really relevant to the area [with which] you’re associated, based on your region, and tied into your brand. We’re an Adirondack lodge, but […]

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Indoor Waterparks: Where the Theme Can Define the Experience

September 11, 2012 No Comments

For indoor waterparks, theming is as important, if not more important, than it is for indoor waterparks. “You want to give the impression that you’re not just operating the local swimming pool, but something different,” said Holly Prater, marketing and promotions coordinator at Fort Rapids, in Columbus, Ohio. Fort Rapids attracts 100,000 visitors annually and […]

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Sponsors

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Poly Products

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

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.

Store on Wheels

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Soft Play

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

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.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Extreme Engineering

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Bulbtronics

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Art Attack

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Spectrum Sports

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

American Changer

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Penny Press

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Laser Star

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Embed

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

Rio Syrup

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tear Repair

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Knight Equipment

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

Max Flight

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

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.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Aquaventronics

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

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