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 […]



Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.


Evaporative snow systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

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.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.


Manufacturer of waterslides

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Cost of Wisconson

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


Flashing cotton candy cones.

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.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Spectrum Sports

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

Tear Repair

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.


Laser maze challenge

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Rio Syrup

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


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.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Formula K Raceways

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Knight Equipment

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

Soft Play

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Art Attack

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Penny Press

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Store on Wheels

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Perfect Fry

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

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.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Max Flight

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


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.


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


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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.


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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Laser Star

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

American Changer

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Extreme Engineering
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.