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

Laser Star

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Rio Syrup

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Extreme Engineering

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Aquaventronics

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

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.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Penny Press

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

Soft Play

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Family Fun Corp.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

American Changer

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Spectrum Sports

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Max Flight

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Art Attack

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Bulbtronics

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Perfect Fry

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tear Repair

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Store on Wheels

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Formula K Raceways

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Poly Products

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Brunswick Bowling

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
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