Archive for April, 2013

Food At the Bowling Center:
Aiming For the Perfect Game

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Serious bowlers know that getting the right spin on the ball depends on using the right ball. A game of skill, a product, a service, is only as good as the sum of its parts and that goes for food, too. Satisfying hungry customers boils down to finding the best ingredients, achieving the right style […]

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Aqua Talkers: A New Concept in Interactive Fun

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Aqua Talkers LLC of Phoenix, Ariz., has announced details of their new talking fountain product line.  Billed as “Friendly, Interactive Fountains” the sculpted characters are created as a standard line or custom designed to meet any specification. Each Aqua Talker has up to eight individual water sprayers that come on and off, programmed to a […]

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Best Practices for Keeping Water Properly Filtered

April 4, 2013 No Comments

“Our maintenance department conducts hourly checks of all pools for chemical levels. They also perform hourly checks of all controls and filter bays. Regular maintenance of the filtration equipment is conducted and we have back-up plans for all systems to ensure proper operation.” –  Megan Fulbright, manager of operations, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington, Texas […]

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Springing into Summer <br/>How Waterparks Prepare for Hot Temperatures Long Before They Arrive

Springing into Summer
How Waterparks Prepare for Hot Temperatures Long Before They Arrive

April 4, 2013 No Comments

When the summer swimming season ends, waterparks across the country don’t waste any time beginning preparations for the next year. “Many of our guests are surprised to hear that although we have less than a 100-day operating season, we are actually a year-round operation,” said George Rohman, senior operations manager, Morey’s Piers Beachfront Waterparks, Wildwood, […]

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Food for Thought
How Large Parks Are Meeting Guests’ Culinary Expectations

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Food and beverage has always been a significant part of the theme park business. But, today it seems to be bigger than ever, as we are seeing some interesting trends in the growth and expansion of food and beverage at large parks. These trends include more upscale restaurants, grander theming, an eye toward healthier offerings, […]

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John Evans Recognized by Two Industry Organizations

April 4, 2013 No Comments

John Evans Jr., senior vice president of Gold Medal, was recently honored with a Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) award during ceremonies held at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) show. The award recognized “elected leaders of major foodservice industry associations for their commitment and dedication to their respective organizations and the industry […]

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David Geoghegan Joins the Garner Holt Productions Team

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Garner Holt Productions welcomes industry veteran David Geoghegan to their sales, marketing and business development team. Geoghegan brings an extensive history in the themed entertainment, museum, commercial audio visual and casino industries. He has also been director of sales at Gilderfluke, Medialon, Alcorn McBride and 360 Systems.

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Our Annual Food Service Issue

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Taking a break to eat adds immeasurable enjoyment to the guest experience, and past surveys have indicated that food and beverage can account for between 30 and 40 percent of revenues. Understanding this segment of your business is therefore crucial, and each spring we examine food service in a variety of leisure entertainment settings. For […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

April 2, 2013 No Comments

Barron Games Offers the X-Putt Nano Barron Games International exhibited early this year the X-Putt Nano, an 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 of this unit makes it […]

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Seen at Pizza Expo

Seen at Pizza Expo

April 1, 2013 No Comments

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Sponsors

Knight Equipment

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Poly Products

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Max Flight

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

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.

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Laser Star

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Extreme Engineering

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Family Fun Corp.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Penny Press

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Spectrum Sports

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Store on Wheels

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Embed

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Art Attack

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

Rio Syrup

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

American Changer

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