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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Family Fun Corp.

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Spectrum Sports

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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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.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Laser Star

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Store on Wheels

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

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.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Rio Syrup

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Extreme Engineering

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Knight Equipment

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Art Attack

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Poly Products

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

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.

Max Flight

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Penny Press

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

American Changer

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
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LAI
American Conference