Archive for 2012

Revention Partners with Cashless and Entertainment Systems Supplier Embed

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Embed, a leading provider of cashless payment and revenue management systems for the amusement and family entertainment industry, has recently partnered with Revention as a POS provider for their growing base of pizza and restaurant anchored entertainment locations.  Currently installed at more than 1,000 locations worldwide, Embed Systems are used to manage the cashless operation […]

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The Garbage Details

September 6, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Once again, the IAAPA discussion group and their quest for information about garbage handling provided my blog topic. Responses could vary depending upon the size, budget and type of a park or attraction. That said, here are “the garbage details” that can be useful in every entertainment facility. Reasons To Be […]

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What Does The Guest Hear?

September 6, 2012 4 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel My car was getting poor gas mileage, so when I took it in for service, I asked to have my low-restriction reusable air filter removed and cleaned. I get better gas mileage using this type filter. While the car was being serviced, I was told it only had a stock paper […]

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Utilizing Your Laser Tag System to Enhance Your Business

Utilizing Your Laser Tag System to Enhance Your Business

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Last year we took a look at the technology of laser tag and discussed the advances that have allowed the equipment to be lighter and more durable, what advances allow the existence of laser skirmish gear, and many other technological advances that allow the systems of today to flourish. While individual laser tag companies do […]

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Glo’Zone Station Opens in New Zealand

Glo’Zone Station Opens in New Zealand

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Stephen and Darya Hanham, who already owned and operated a mini-golf facility in Wes Auckland, were researching the possibility of opening a new center.  Their original site, called Transylvania, was doing very well as a stand-alone indoor golf course, but Stephen and Darya were enthralled by the idea of having an all-in-one, multi-attraction FEC. After […]

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Deals and Employee Training Bolster Summertime Guest Spending

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Mini-golf and go-karts have long been popular summertime activities throughout the United States. While this remains the case, facilities are going the extra mile to distinguish themselves from the competition, increase guest spending this season and offset any weather-related decreases in guest traffic. Offering deals and packages tops the list of tactics for accomplishing such […]

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Training Is Not Optional

August 1, 2012 No Comments

With a variety of delivery systems, every proprietor can take advantage of great educational programs How does employee training benefit your company? What difference does it make? Can it really make you more competitive? Yes, it can. For one, employee training improves your ability to adapt to changes in the marketplace. Because your staff is […]

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From Water Purification to New Media – Technological Trends in the Waterpark Industry

From Water Purification to New Media – Technological Trends in the Waterpark Industry

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Whether indoor or outdoor, waterparks are a popular destination for fun. While guests participate in slides and rides, few can appreciate the efforts owners and managers must take to provide them with a safe and trouble-free experience. Located at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark is a […]

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New Attractions: Creating an Experience Inside the Experience

August 1, 2012 No Comments

There once was a time when an amusement park visit focused on all guests sharing a common experience that involved the park’s rides, shows and fair-like food.  At the country’s larger parks and resorts, those days are increasingly giving way to an enticing (and expensive) new option known as “premium experiences.”  This issue, The Large […]

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Toy Industry Veteran Joins Redemption Plus

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Redemption Plus, a leading provider of toys, tools and training for the amusement industry, has announced the addition of Kyler Tarwater.  Tarwater will join the Account Executive team, developing new business opportunities as well as strengthening existing relationships among customers in the family entertainment center market. Tarwater has an extensive background in multiple segments of […]

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Sponsors

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Bulbtronics

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

Art Attack

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Store on Wheels

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Aquaventronics

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Poly Products

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Laser Star

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Tear Repair

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Soft Play

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

Max Flight

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

Penny Press

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Extreme Engineering

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Knight Equipment

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Rio Syrup

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

American Changer

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Spectrum Sports

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Perfect Fry

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Embed

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

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.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys