Archive for 2012

News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 5, 2012 No Comments

  DNA US Conference Reveals Speakers and Initial Supporters The list of speakers for the Digital Out-of-Home Interactive Entertainment (DOE) conference in October boasts some of the leading names in the emerging sector. The conference will take place in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 2 and 3. Speakers will include: Chris Stapleton offering a keynote address, […]

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Let’s Talk Overstaffing

July 3, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel   An industry chat group recently broached the subject of overstaffing.  Is there such a thing?  Is correct staffing an easy thing to do?  Let us take a minute to address staffing and scheduling.   Surprise Productivity   During my career in the amusement industry, I only encountered one instance where […]

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Always Give’em Something

July 3, 2012 No Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel   I am not saying anything new when I say that the obligation of management is to provide education, leadership, ethics, and support to all employees.  We all accept that responsibility and strive to attain those goals.  With that in mind, there is one more important function that management should provide […]

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Commemorative TAP Scrapbook

July 2, 2012 No Comments

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

June 14, 2012 No Comments

  Fourth Fromm/Seninsky Class to be Held in New Jersey, August 6-10, 2012 CRT/LCD Video, Redemption and Crane Game Repair Workshop Comes to the Northeast Industry experts Randy Fromm and Frank Seninsky are once again merging their talents to present their fourth, five-day amusement operator and game technician training workshop to take place in Newark, […]

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Inflatables Safety: Taking Hold of Solid Practices

June 4, 2012 No Comments

Not long ago, a New Jersey couple rented an inflatable from Edison, N.J-based Air Castles and Slides for a backyard party. On the day of the event, guests good-naturedly teased the wife about the document she had placed on one of the tables, a certificate attesting to her having completed an inflatables operating safety course […]

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Wait Line Entertainment: Strategies to Build Anticipation for Big Scares

Wait Line Entertainment: Strategies to Build Anticipation for Big Scares

June 3, 2012 No Comments

The mind inside the head of a haunted house proprietor can be a delightfully scary place. Devising new ways to scare the living daylights out of patrons in preparation for the Halloween season can be a blast and each wants to pass that thread of enjoyment on. “I don’t care if they scream, laugh, cry, […]

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How Interactive Exhibits and a Local Focus Are Transforming Children’s Museums

How Interactive Exhibits and a Local Focus Are Transforming Children’s Museums

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Children’s museums, which attract more than 30 million visitors annually, according to research conducted by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) in 2007, are places of wonder for the youngest among us.  These museums are also a growing industry.  According to ACM, in the mid-1970s, there were 38 children’s museums across the nation.  That number […]

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Big Cat Fever – Zoo Exhibits Educate While Promoting Visitation

Big Cat Fever – Zoo Exhibits Educate While Promoting Visitation

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Mysterious and powerful, lions, tigers and other big cats are always top attractions at zoos.  While zoo visitors love to see the wild animals, few understand the work it takes to ensure the well-being and safety of both the cats and their human guests. Cincinnati Zoo is home to lions, Malayan tigers, white tigers, snow […]

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How the Right Kitchen Equipment Keeps FEC Kitchens Cooking

June 3, 2012 No Comments

The kids are packed in the car and the family is on their way. Friends are meeting up for a night of bowling, arcade games and laser tag. In any scenario, family entertainment center owners and managers know what patrons want when heading out for hours of entertainment. Without fail, what is anticipated is fun, […]

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Sponsors

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Extreme Engineering

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Penny Press

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Knight Equipment

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Rio Syrup

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

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.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Bulbtronics

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

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.

Perfect Fry

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Max Flight

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Art Attack

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Soft Play

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Laser Star

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Embed

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Spectrum Sports

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tear Repair

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Aquaventronics

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

American Changer

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Johnny Rockets
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