Archive for 2012

Water Maze Opens in Alabama

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Alabama Splash Adventures waterpark in Bessemer, Ala., debuted the Aqua Maze last June. Constructed by Amaze ‘n Mazes, the attraction drew more than 1,700 children and adults on opening day. Startling blasts of water from a variety of sources helped keep guests cool as they searched for the labyrinth’s exit. “The maze momentum  just keeps […]

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Our 40th Anniversary Year – Creating a Culture of Responsiveness to Guests

August 1, 2012 No Comments

In the heat of the season, it is easy to get caught up in individual tasks and responsibilities and not become a student of the overall guest experience. Trying to see things as your guests perceive them, addressing complaints immediately and remembering to laugh a little with your customers and lighten up are all important […]

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August 2012

August 1, 2012 No Comments

THE MAGIC OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation Sound, lighting and special effects, including iPads embedded into exhibit walls, are enhancing the guest experience at aquariums across the country. THE LARGE PARK REPORT New Attractions – Creating an Experience Inside the Experience There once was […]

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August 2012

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The Question of Drop-off Inflatables

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Strategies for the Changing Party Landscape Inflatable amusements add an extra dash of fun to everything from a small backyard birthday party to a large corporate event. Amusement companies offer their expertise and often manpower at these events to ensure that all guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. For eight years, Mike Wilbur has […]

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Food Service Spotlight on Major League Baseball – Stepping Up to Bat for Menu Innovations

Food Service Spotlight on Major League Baseball – Stepping Up to Bat for Menu Innovations

August 1, 2012 No Comments

While there is no doubt that hot dogs and peanuts remain ballpark staples, the fact is that the average sports fan has expanded to a more sophisticated palate in recent years. This knowledge has created a challenge for concessionaires to develop an ever-changing menu of fresh and interesting delicacies that appeal to the fans. “Food […]

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Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation

Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Via touch screens, whether double touch or single touch ELO, visitors to Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn., explore the interactive animal habitat exhibit, Shark Smell, and alternately, Life of Inuits in Alaska and Canada, and macro or micro telescopic views inside a fish tank through an Omniscope, invented by an aquarium trustee. BrightSign/Roku processors drive the […]

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Creating Coin-op Pros – Employee Hiring and Training Strategies

August 1, 2012 No Comments

The coin-operated machine industry is one that builds its staff using the core attributes of honesty and diligence. Workers possessing these qualities can be difficult to find, which creates the need to search for employees through more personal means than simply posting an ad. There is so much to teach these workers about the intricacies […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 19, 2012 No Comments

  Universal Orlando Resort’s All-New Retail Experience Is Inspired by Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants  New Store Brings Bikini Bottom to Life and Features Exclusive Merchandise, Meet-and-Greet Opportunities with SpongeBob SquarePants and More Universal Orlando Resort is introducing an all-new, one-of-a-kind retail entertainment experience that immerses guests in the underwater world of Bikini Bottom, home to Nickelodeon’s […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 11, 2012 No Comments

  Putt Putt Fun Center Adds Laser Tag by Creative Works Creative Works once again traveled to Putt Putt Fun Center in Lynchburg, Va., during May of 2012 to install a new attraction for owner Joe Aboid.  This new Adventure Quest laser tag arena was the anchor attraction of the facility’s expansion. This wasn’t the […]

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Sponsors

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

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.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Soft Play

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Extreme Engineering

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Brunswick Bowling

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

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.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Rio Syrup

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

American Changer

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Cost of Wisconson

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Embed

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

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.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Knight Equipment

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Max Flight

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Laser Star

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Aquaventronics

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tear Repair

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

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.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Art Attack

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

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.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Bulbtronics

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Poly Products

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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