Archive for 2013

First Surf Park in the United States Is Set for Success

First Surf Park in the United States Is Set for Success

December 12, 2013 No Comments

American Wave Machines and Surf’s Up NH have announced that the first dedicated surf park in North America will soon be opening 30 minutes outside of Boston in Nashua, N.H. From gentle whitewater waves to 6-foot barrels, the new SurfStream® at Surf’s Up NH will have everyone surfing. Testing of the world’s largest standing wave machine recently took […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

November 18, 2013 No Comments

Stevenson and Cochran Hired at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium U.K.-based Merlin Entertainments has hired Jack Stevenson to serve as Marketing Manager and David Cochran to serve as Curator for their upcoming SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium located at Concord Mills. Stevenson joins SEA LIFE after nine years in marketing and promotions positions with Cedar Fair Entertainment […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

November 12, 2013 No Comments

Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center Add the Laser Maze Challenge® Jonesville Lanes (L & J Lanes) in Jonesville, Mich., is the latest bowling center to add a Laser Maze Challenge® to their amusement offerings.  Opened on October 11, L & J Lanes’ Laser Maze features Funovation’s Time Portal graphics, lighted door entry and the newest innovation – Video […]

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Management Spotlight: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

November 2, 2013 No Comments

It happens all the time.  The old boss retires or takes a job elsewhere.  When a new boss appears, the transition begins.  The Immediate Reaction When a new leader is selected, employees experience immediate emotions.  Some worry about their job future, some are happy to see the old boss go, some desire new change, and […]

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Big Scares on the Small Screen <br/>A Look at Haunt Video Technology

Big Scares on the Small Screen
A Look at Haunt Video Technology

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Whether a Halloween attraction is designed as a demon’s den, a spooky mansion, or an eerie asylum, human actors have long been featured to boost the scare factor. But now that high definition video technology has become more affordable, attractions are adding virtual cast members to intensify layers of fright at annual scream-fests. Each October, […]

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Spotlight on Insurance: Minimizing the Risk of Borrowed Equipment and Staff

November 2, 2013 No Comments

“Hey buddy, may I borrow your ride?” How familiar is that statement? How often do you as an amusement rental operator go to one of your friendly competitors and borrow or sub-contract a piece of equipment for an event? Or better yet, sub-contract out that special “Jack Sparrow” character/entertainer for a child’s party? If you […]

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Inflatables 2014: Bigger, Better, Faster and Interactive

Inflatables 2014: Bigger, Better, Faster and Interactive

November 2, 2013 No Comments

The “inflatable industry is headed in a good direction due to the launching of new and innovative products each year,” said Don Braunagel.  Braunagel,  the owner of Fun On The Run Amusements, Bismarck, N.D.,” sees the market as having  “changed up.” There has been a shift from the demand for traditional bounces and slides for […]

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Tops for All Time Best-selling Souvenirs

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Reflecting on past sales, Gloria Stern, museum store manager, Split Rock Lighthouse, in Two Harbors, Minn., said the top-selling souvenir of all time was light-up Split Rock lighthouse figurines. “At one point we sold four different versions and all four sold equally well,” she said. Miniature Ball jar salt and pepper shaker sets are tops […]

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Museum Shop Retail <br/>Tips to Stock the Right Souvenirs

Museum Shop Retail
Tips to Stock the Right Souvenirs

November 2, 2013 No Comments

After visiting a museum, heading to the gift shop is a logical next step for a variety reasons. Perhaps guests want a keepsake that will remind them of their experience, a memento to add to their collection or an unusual souvenir. At Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minn., many people purchase apparel so they […]

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A Sunny Outlook for Eateries <br/>Food Service Trends at Florida Attractions

A Sunny Outlook for Eateries
Food Service Trends at Florida Attractions

November 2, 2013 No Comments

When visitors head to Florida, they go for the sun, fun and food. At every Florida attraction, food and beverage directors and onsite chefs strategize to provide meals and snacks that will satisfy hunger and make their guests feel at home. Located in Loxahatchee, Lion Country Safari is Florida’s only drive-through safari. Including the walk-through […]

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Sponsors

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Cost of Wisconson

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

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.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Laser Star

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

Store on Wheels

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

Soft Play

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Aquaventronics

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Poly Products

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Bulbtronics

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Embed

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Formula K Raceways

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Spectrum Sports

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

Rio Syrup

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tear Repair

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

Knight Equipment

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

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.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Art Attack

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

American Changer

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Perfect Fry

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Max Flight

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Penny Press

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation