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

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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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Store on Wheels

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

Penny Press

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Bulbtronics

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Formula K Raceways

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Rio Syrup

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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.

Art Attack

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Embed

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Soft Play

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Perfect Fry

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tear Repair

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Knight Equipment

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Spectrum Sports

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

Max Flight

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

Aquaventronics

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

American Changer

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Laser Star

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Poly Products

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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