Archive for May, 2013

Food for the Ages<br/>Strategies from Zoos and Botanical Gardens to Satisfy All Guests

Food for the Ages
Strategies from Zoos and Botanical Gardens to Satisfy All Guests

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Visitors to zoos and botanic gardens range in age from the very young to the not so very young, and satisfying the taste buds of every guest can prove to be a challenge.  Food concessions managers and executive chefs work to offer foods and snacks that will quell hunger and keep their visitors content. As […]

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Playing Around with Placement<br/>How to Give Redemption Games the Best Spot

Playing Around with Placement
How to Give Redemption Games the Best Spot

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Vendors and arcade operators agree that instant-win redemption games can act as their own selling points. With prizes displayed like merchandise in a retail display window, they serve as their own advertising. It is with that in mind that the placement of these popular games within an arcade makes them even more profitable. As Mike […]

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Redemption Holds Steady
The Top-Earning Games, New and Old

May 20, 2013 No Comments

According to arcade operators and the vendors who supply them, the motto for today’s redemption game industry could be “new is good.” However, it’s not so much about the latest high-end technology as it is about keeping challenging and fun games in the mix, where players can not only have fun but win unique prizes. […]

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From Layout to Game Selection
Advice for Creating the Best Bowling Center Arcades

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Having an arcade in a bowling center certainly isn’t what it used to be. Years ago, bowling center arcades would be mostly filled with video games and a few redemption consoles. Now, it’s the complete opposite as gamers get their fix on home consoles instead of public arcades. But that doesn’t mean arcades can’t be […]

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Finding Success in the Action-Packed Laser Tag Industry

May 20, 2013 No Comments

While popular video games offer players the opportunity to lose themselves in an imaginary world of thrills and adventure, from the comfort of their sofa, laser tag represents a healthier alternative. The difference? The imaginary, adventure-filled world of laser tag gets you up and about, and allows creative and exciting interactions between people. With so […]

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Rink Safety Musts

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Keep it Clean: Constantly inspect the skating surface and surrounding areas for debris. Watch the Flow: Make sure skaters are moving in the right direction and not weaving or playing tag. Check the Skates: Routinely inspect skates for problems.

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Strategies for Safe Skating
How Roller Skating Centers Minimize Risk

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Roller skating pros whizzing by can be daunting for less advanced skaters, and the role of the roller skating center is to provide a space for all levels of skaters to move about safely. Employee training in the area of safety is therefore critical. Short of following the weak and wobbly skaters around the rink, […]

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Four Marketing Tips

May 20, 2013 No Comments

“We have a cable commercial that we run and that has done very well for us. I think television can still help promote the sport because people like to see things rather than just read about them.” – Bernie Pelletier, Bayberry Bowling Center, Spencer, Mass. “Sunday nights were pretty dead so we started an all-you-can […]

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Castle Golf Installs New Course in San Diego

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Belmont Park in San Diego will soon get a new attraction, a Castle Golf interactive, 18-hole miniature golf course. Scheduled to open in June, is a unique “in and out” course called Tiki Town Adventure Golf. This course has a tropical island theme, enhanced by a variety of exciting special effects and props. The building’s […]

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Attraction Add-Ons <br/>How a Rebirth in Candlepin Bowling Can Benefit Your Facility

Attraction Add-Ons
How a Rebirth in Candlepin Bowling Can Benefit Your Facility

May 20, 2013 No Comments

For anyone who has been involved with candlepin bowling over the years, developing the game has been somewhat of a challenge as people tend to associate bowling with the more popular 10-pin action that is featured on television and often in movies. Still, candlepin bowling can be an ideal add-on attraction to maximize profits for […]

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Sponsors

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Art Attack

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

Store on Wheels

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Knight Equipment

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tear Repair

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Embed

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Rio Syrup

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Poly Products

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Penny Press

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

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.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Aquaventronics

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Extreme Engineering

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Bulbtronics

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

Spectrum Sports

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Max Flight

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

American Changer

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Laser Star

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Perfect Fry

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Soft Play

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Stoelting
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys