Archive for February, 2013

Barron Games Exhibits the X-Puttt Nano

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Barron Games International exhibited the X-Putt Nano at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., early this year. This is a new addition to the company’s product line that was first debuted at IAAPA 2012. The X-Putt Nano incorporates the same great features as the original X-Putt, but is over 50 percent smaller. The size […]

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Apple Industries Hires Industry Veteran Paul Jacobs as Vice President of International Sales

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Paul Jacobs has joined Apple Industries as vice president of International Sales and Marketing, where he will lead the company’s ongoing sales and marketing of its line of advanced Face Place digital photo booths to Europe, Asia and Latin America. “The presence of Paul Jacobs, whose leadership has been known and respected worldwide in our […]

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The Outlook for New Games
How Operators Are Facing Today’s Challenges

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The amusement and vending industry continues to go through changes and challenges. In the past few years, improving technology with home gaming systems, smoking bans in bars and taverns and population changes have forced operators to think outside their comfort zone to ensure their businesses’ survival. As owner of Antler Amusement Company in San Antonio, […]

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Finding the Best of the Best
Vendors that Keep Laser Tag Operations Humming

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The laser tag industry has some of the most political and confusing sales strategies in the entertainment world. I mentioned last year that there were some ways of dealing with the hype and pushing through to find what works best for your business. This year we’re going to spend some time dissecting what is really […]

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Insurance Trends at Family Entertainment Centers: <br/>Ensuring the Best Coverage

Insurance Trends at Family Entertainment Centers:
Ensuring the Best Coverage

February 10, 2013 No Comments

For those of entrepreneurial spirit, owning a business can be quite rewarding. Business owners enjoy many perks such as being their own boss, hiring their own team of workers and, hopefully, reaping the rewards of all their hard work. There are, however, risks involved when it comes to business ownership and entrepreneurs must make it […]

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Changing Lanes <br/> FECs Add Bowling for Profits and Guest Satisfaction

Changing Lanes
FECs Add Bowling for Profits and Guest Satisfaction

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Family Entertainment Centers around the nation are known for offering everything from go-karts to laser tag. But many companies are turning to one of the most traditional family activities to increase revenue: bowling. A main reason why Family Entertainment Centers believe bowling is a key to their future success is that so few new bowling […]

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A Simple Snack Solution
FEC Vending Machine Trends

February 10, 2013 No Comments

As more and more bowling centers increase their snack bar offerings or convert snack bars into full restaurants, managers and owners are keeping it basic when it comes to vending machines. There was a time when bowling centers featured a wide variety of vending machines, including food and drinks and even bowling supplies ranging from […]

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ADA Compliance Report <br/>Inclusion and the Waterpark Experience

ADA Compliance Report
Inclusion and the Waterpark Experience

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Waterparks around the country are constantly doing their best to comply with federal and state regulations on a daily basis. But there is one set of regulations that waterparks try to accommodate even before they become official: those set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are many ADA requirements that cover everything from entrances […]

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Making Room for the Value Customer at Universal Orlando

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Since opening in 1990, Universal Orlando has largely been playing catch-up to its theme park neighbor just down Interstate 4.  Much of Disney World’s attendance lead has resulted from the fact that it had a nearly two decade head start in opening and many more acres available to develop. Indeed, for many amusement industry observers, […]

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ASD Launches New Show

February 10, 2013 No Comments

ASD has announced the launch of the Miami Wholesale Expo at the Miami Airport Convention Center in Florida. The show is slated for September 30 through October 2, 2013. This event was created in response to market demand for a wholesale merchandise event for vendors specializing in fashion accessories, travel/leisure products, health and beauty items, […]

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Sponsors

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

American Changer

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

Spectrum Sports

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Formula K Raceways

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Bulbtronics

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

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.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Perfect Fry

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Brunswick Bowling

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Aquaventronics

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Poly Products

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Penny Press

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

Store on Wheels

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

Knight Equipment

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Rio Syrup

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Family Fun Corp.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Art Attack

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Laser Star

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

Max Flight

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Soft Play

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Tear Repair

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

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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.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
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