Archive for July, 2013

Costume Characters 101

July 30, 2013 8 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel A stirring discussion about costume characters occurred among some park managers recently, so I wanted to use blog time to share some information. For eight years, I managed a nine-character costume department. I also set up programs for other parks. However, no matter the park size, effective procedures should all be […]


News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 26, 2013 No Comments

IAAPA Is Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations Have you ever considered nominating someone for the IAAPA Hall of Fame Award? Now is your chance! Nominations are due Aug. 1, 2013 The IAAPA Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to celebrate outstanding achievement and contributions to the growth and development of the global amusement parks […]


News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 10, 2013 No Comments

Veracity Hospitality Named New Management Company for KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort Veracity Hospitality, a newly formed hotel and resort management company, today announced it has assumed management of the 414-suite KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort in Gurnee, Ill. Founded by 25-year hospitality and waterpark resort veteran, and former KeyLime Cove General Manager Dale McFarland, Veracity Hospitality was established to deliver a […]


News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 3, 2013 No Comments

LEGOLAND® Florida Celebrates Opening of The LEGO® World of Chima Presented by Cartoon Network Expansion Features Interactive Water Ride and Play Areas LEGOLAND® Florida recently celebrated the opening of The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network. The World of Chima is a highly-themed area with thrilling and interactive rides and attractions for visitors of all ages, adding […]




Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Art Attack

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Formula K Raceways

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.


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

Store on Wheels

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Extreme Engineering

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tear Repair

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Soft Play

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


Manufacturer of waterslides

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Perfect Fry

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

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.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Rio Syrup

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

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.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.


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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Laser Star

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

Poly Products

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

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.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

American Changer

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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


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

Penny Press

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

Max Flight

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

Family Fun Corp.

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


Flashing cotton candy cones.


Laser maze challenge

Knight Equipment

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


Evaporative snow systems.

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