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June 18, 2013 No Comments


The life-size Lego® Star Wars™ X-wing starfighter is now on display at Legoland® California Resort. At Legoland California we are constantly urging children to build upon their dreams and use their imaginations. Model Builders took their imagination to the extreme when building this X-wing and once our park guests see how amazing it is, they will also see there is no limit to what you can build with Lego, said Tim Petsche, model shop supervisor.

Special Tourist Attractions & Parks eNewsletter Feature

Business Strategies: Offering Guests What They Cannot Get at Home

Giving guests what they simply cannot get at home is one way for leisure entertainment facilities to attract visitors and encourage repeat business. While there are some things consumers can experience at different types of venues that it would be impossible for them enjoy within their own four walls—rides, mini-golf, go-karting, and animal exhibits are just a few examples—operators should also try to deliver improvements on elements that could conceivably be duplicated in a residential environments.

Unique redemption games installed in lieu of the video games consumers can now have under their own roofs—and the more unique, the better—rank among such elements. Dave and Busters is bringing in more of these games; Mike Kane, assistant vice president, game strategy, cited Speed of Light, which was recently introduced by LAI Games, as an example. Designed as a test of players’ speed and reflexes, Speed of Light comprises an 8-foot-high display of lights arranged in a large matrix in front of the player(s). The objective is to press as many illuminated buttons as quickly as possible to earn points and tickets. Energetic music and lighting effects accompany game play. LAI has also rolled out Balloon Buster, which challenges players to use a joystick to aim darts at, and pop, balloons.

Mountasia Family Fun Center in North Richland Hills, Texas, is placing similar emphasis on cutting-edge, non-video, “don’t have it at home” redemption games, according to a spokesperson. Monster Drop, from Benchmark Games, has joined the facility’s lineup. The game involves timing the drop of a ball so that it falls into a hole corresponding to a jackpot, “mystery value,” or ticket value win. New as well is Bay Tek Games’ Smokin Token Extreme ™, a dual-player coin game.

Players release tokens down a slope into a spinning wheel. Successfully hitting a target awards tickets and raises the wheel, revealing bonus targets worth double tickets. Players win the big Extreme Bonus when they hit a bonus target twice before the wheel descends to its original position.

Meanwhile, according to NAMCO America, many other family entertainment centers have ordered the recently launched Triple Turn game, in which players can aim to launch a ball into one of three color-specific tubes. Each tube directs the ball into a colormatched rotating gear, with the first gear having lower value tickets, the second gear with medium value tickets and the final gear having higher value tickets as well as the jackpot. Players whose ball lands in either the first or second gear have a second chance at winning the jackpot, as each of the gears has openings for the ball to fall down into the lower gear. Landing in the “3 Ball” opening will immediately launch three additional balls onto the playfield. Coast to Coast Entertainment has jumped on the bandwagon as well with Ticket Tornado, into which players reach to try to grab as many redemption tickets as possible as a strong “current” blows inside the machine. A Monkey Bizz-Ness redemption unit with a large plush monkey inside vends eggs, two-inch capsules and/or 45-mm super balls.

Different takes on the food available at leisure entertainment facilities also fall into the “improvements over home” category. At Edison’s Entertainment Complex in Edwardsville, Ill., a menu of “inventive eats and drinks” includes items like crispy Buffalo bleu cheese rolls (grilled Buffalo chicken and bleu cheese crumbles encased in a spring roll wrapper) and bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp stuffed with jalapeno peppers and jack cheese.  At the Franklin Skate Club in Franklin, Ind., freshly baked breadsticks brushed with melted butter and garlic and served with a cheese dip are a favorite, and a menu item few customers would prepare on their own, said Vicki Williams Clay, co-owner.

iPlay America in Freehold, N.J., has a bar and grille as well as a frozen yogurt shop and bakery. However, a real standout is the Broadway Sweets candy store, where in addition to packaged candy, guests can select from an extensive menu of bulk candies, from jelly beans to chocolate. There is also a lollypop tree with hundreds of treats hanging from its branches.

For its part, LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, Calif., serves Granny Apple Fries, Granny Smith apples dipped in a mixture with a buttermilk base and fried, then dusted with cinnamon and sugar. In Elysberg, Pa., Knoebels Amusement Resort features on its menu such offbeat offerings as alligator bites, bison burgers and eggplant French fries, and in Albuquerque, N.M., visitors to Cliffs Amusement Park can dine on Frito pie, which comprises seasoned beef and chilies atop a bed of Frito corn chips.


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Max Flight

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Knight Equipment

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


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Penny Press

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


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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Poly Products

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Spectrum Sports

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


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Rio Syrup

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.


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.


Laser maze challenge

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Family Fun Corp.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

American Changer

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.