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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Art Attack

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Laser Star

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

Rio Syrup

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Spectrum Sports

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Penny Press

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

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.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Extreme Engineering

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Knight Equipment

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

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.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Max Flight

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Embed

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Store on Wheels

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Poly Products

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.