Archive for January, 2013

From Classics to Concoctions
The Food Picture at Fairs and Festivals

January 3, 2013 No Comments

When it comes to concession food trends at fairs and festivals, crowds seem to love classic favorites, but they also like to try the latest and greatest culinary concoctions. Although people like to try everything from fried Kool-Aid to anything on a stick, fair managers say people are creatures of habit. “French fries, corn dogs, […]

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The Midway’s Hottest Games
How Carnivals Keep Guests Playing

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The traveling entertainment is always striving to offer the most popular rides, concessions and games, but when it comes to games, it turns out carnival-goers are more interested in familiar, tried-and-true tests of skills on the midway as opposed to new creations. Dart throws, water games, speed pitches, duck, frog and fish ponds and basketball […]

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No Snow, No Problem <br/>Ski Resort Packs in Guests with Indoor Waterpark <br/>Retractable Dome Roof <br/>Lets the Outside In

No Snow, No Problem
Ski Resort Packs in Guests with Indoor Waterpark
Retractable Dome Roof
Lets the Outside In

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Since the 1950s, Jay Peak Resort, in Jay, Vt., has been one of New England’s most popular ski resorts, drawing in snow sports enthusiasts from far and wide. However, plans to expand the resort into a year-round attraction came to fruition in December of 2011, with the debut of a 50,000-square-foot indoor waterpark called The […]

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Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland
Two Operational Issues Worth Following

January 3, 2013 No Comments

On December 6, the Walt Disney World Resort debuted the long-awaited renovations and additions to its iconic Fantasyland area in the Magic Kingdom theme park.  Dubbed “New Fantasyland”, the premiere included a new attraction, revamped rides and new dining options.  In addition, over the next two years, even more New Fantasyland attractions will arrive including […]

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Ride Development Company (RDC) Introduces New LED Bumper Cars

Ride Development Company (RDC) Introduces New LED Bumper Cars

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Ride Development Company (RDC), a leading bumper car manufacturer in the United States, recently introduced a new line of LED illuminated bumper cars at the 2012 IAAPA Exhibit in Orlando, Fla. The new cars, “Krazee Wh!rl™” and “Krazee Voltz™” complement RDC’s array of current electric floor and battery powered bumper cars. General Manager Tami Dean […]

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Traveling a New Year

January 3, 2013 No Comments

For the first issue of TAP each year, our contributing writers take the pulse of the traveling amusement industry. For 2013, we offer expanded coverage of this interesting and enduring segment of the business. In our special Carnivals feature section, you will find articles about hiring and training best practices, the hottest carnival and midway […]

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Keeping the Scares Safe
Practical Advice from Haunt Owners

January 3, 2013 No Comments

If comedy is said to be serious business you can bet that scaring the socks off of people is, too – especially when it comes to also ensuring their safety. Haunted attractions only operate for a handful of weeks each year, but the potential for injury — dark, often cramped spaces filled with bizarre artifacts, […]

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Where Durability Meets Fun
Care and Purchasing Tips for Inflatable Rides

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The boundaries of inflatable ride designs are limited only by imagination. Still, when purchasing a  unit, durability is a primary concern. Finding rides made of the best quality material, and then caring for the unit meticulously,  is a sure formula to extend the life of your purchase. Nixa Party Station, based in Nixa, Mo., specializes […]

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Building Business on the Fly <br/>How Mobile Zip Lines Keep Guests Entertained

Building Business on the Fly
How Mobile Zip Lines Keep Guests Entertained

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Amusement and entertainment companies are always in search of the next big thing that will attract customers. One of the new successes to hit the market in the past two years is the mobile zip line. “Our zip line has increased our business by 25 percent,” said Deb Millward, who owns Vertical Edge Entertainment in […]

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Drinking up Sales <br/>How Museums Make Beverages a Profit Center

Drinking up Sales
How Museums Make Beverages a Profit Center

January 3, 2013 No Comments

At the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Vicki Ahrens, Senior VP of Operations stated that ancillary revenue from their beverage strategy “is important to the museum.”  Located in Tampa, Fla., MOSI, the fifth largest science center in the USA, ensures their guests are never far away from finding a beverage throughout the 400,000-square-foot museum. […]

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Sponsors

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Formula K Raceways

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

American Changer

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Poly Products

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

Rio Syrup

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Aquaventronics

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Spectrum Sports

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Max Flight

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

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.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Perfect Fry

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Knight Equipment

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Soft Play

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

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.

Store on Wheels

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Bulbtronics

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Embed

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Extreme Engineering

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

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.

Penny Press

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tear Repair

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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