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

Spectrum Sports

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Perfect Fry

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Penny Press

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Laser Star

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Aquaventronics

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Art Attack

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

American Changer

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Poly Products

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

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.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Bulbtronics

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Store on Wheels

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Soft Play

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

Embed

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

Tear Repair

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

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