Archive for April, 2013

News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

April 30, 2013 No Comments

Triple Turn Now Ready for Shipping NAMCO’s new redemption game, Triple Turn, is now ready for shipping. The flashy, multi-tiered ticket dispensing game was first shown at the 2012 IAAPA Attractions Expo to positive response, with show attendees lining up to see what the buzz was about at the NAMCO booth. The concept of Triple […]


The Same Thinking

April 22, 2013 6 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel I made a mistake. I committed the error of not following my own philosophy. Let me tell you more. Not a Glorious Start We had a slow draining sink in our master bathroom at home. Certainly, something every Mr. Fix-It believes they can handle. The repairs did not go well and […]


News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

April 21, 2013 No Comments

Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas Expands Management Team Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas has solidified its management team with the additions of Chris Hicks as revenue manager and Matthew Watts as resale manager. Both bring extensive operations, ticketing, concessions, retail and systems experience in the waterpark and amusement industry and large-scale operations to the $50 million […]

Stoelting Launches Smart Technology: ConnectI2U<br/>Wi-Fi Enabled Machines Deliver Custom Status Updates and Alerts

Stoelting Launches Smart Technology: ConnectI2U
Wi-Fi Enabled Machines Deliver Custom Status Updates and Alerts

April 16, 2013 No Comments

Stoelting, a leading manufacturer of frozen treat equipment for the foodservice industry, introduces, a subscriber website that monitors, tracks and reports on Stoelting machines equipped with IntelliTec2TM controls. The Wi-Fi enabled control has the ability to communicate anywhere in the world that has internet access, and is Stoelting’s newest technology engineered to improve operators’ […]


News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

April 12, 2013 No Comments

Namco Steals the Show While only a few months have passed since November and the IAAPA show where NAMCO America recorded one of their most successful shows to-date, the 2013 Amusement Expo has provided the company with another outstanding show. Preliminary sales numbers look to rival the ones placed in November as domestic locations prepare […]

Restaurant Theming <br/>Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Amusement Parks

Restaurant Theming
Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Amusement Parks

April 5, 2013 No Comments

Since Johnny Rockets was founded in 1986, the classic American-themed restaurant became as known for its entertainment value as much as it was revered for its great cheeseburgers and shakes. With a 1950s diner décor, individual jukebox stations, chrome accents, counter seating, vinyl seats and a staff that breaks into song and dance every 30 […]

Where There Is an Appetite, There Is a Way <br/>Subway Franchises Thrive in Non-traditional Locations

Where There Is an Appetite, There Is a Way
Subway Franchises Thrive in Non-traditional Locations

April 5, 2013 No Comments

When Hersheypark approached Subway franchisees Ben Farahani and his family about opening a Subway in their theme park, they were intrigued.  The family already was operating Subway franchises throughout the central Pennsylvania region, but they liked the idea of owning a franchise in a “non-traditional” environment. “This was 1992 before the trend for national branding […]


April/May 2013

April 4, 2013 No Comments


Five Tips to Advertise New Menu Items

April 4, 2013 No Comments

When there’s something new on the menu, it’s important to let customers know, and some savvy moves can help get the word out. Here are some top tips for highlighting new menu items. “Our cashiers will tell guests about any new items and we will have special signage for an introductory period of time.”  – […]

Feeding Hungry Humans<br/> The Healthy, Fun and Junk Food Outlook at Zoos and Aquariums

Feeding Hungry Humans
The Healthy, Fun and Junk Food Outlook at Zoos and Aquariums

April 4, 2013 No Comments

When strolling through a zoo or aquarium you might see signs warning against feeding the animals, but when it comes to the customers themselves, it’s a totally different story. A healthy portion of the money these attractions take in comes from dining dollars, so it’s important that a wide selection of food is available and […]

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Laser maze challenge


Fresh food and sandwich options.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.


Evaporative snow systems.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Tear Repair

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Store on Wheels

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Poly Products

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.


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


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Formula K Raceways

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Extreme Engineering

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Knight Equipment

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Max Flight

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


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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Brunswick Bowling

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Perfect Fry

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Rio Syrup

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

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.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Sureshot Redemption

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

American Changer

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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


Manufacturer of waterslides

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Art Attack

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


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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Penny Press

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.


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.

Spectrum Sports

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Laser Star

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Soft Play

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

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.