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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Penny Press

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Extreme Engineering

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Laser Star

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

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.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Max Flight

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Embed

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Poly Products

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Knight Equipment

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Store on Wheels

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

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.

American Changer

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Rio Syrup

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAI
American Conference