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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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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.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

American Changer

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Aquaventronics

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Tear Repair

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

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.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Spectrum Sports

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Extreme Engineering

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

Rio Syrup

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

Art Attack

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Poly Products

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

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.

Formula K Raceways

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

Max Flight

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Knight Equipment

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Laser Star

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Store on Wheels

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Soft Play

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Bulbtronics

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Perfect Fry

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

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