Archive for September, 2013

Correction

September 19, 2013 No Comments

The contact information for LMap was listed incorrectly in the Index of Advertisers in the Sept./Oct. 2013 print edition. Here is the correct information: 818-475-7622, www.LMAP.COM/TAP

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Correction

September 19, 2013 No Comments

In the September/October 2013 print issue’s Index of Advertisers, the contact information for Johnny Rocket Group, Inc. was listed incorrectly. The correct information is: www.johnnyrockets.com, 1-949-625-1696

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The First, Best Lesson

September 6, 2013 6 Comments

    By Allen F. Weitzel     I recently ran across some photos from my early industry days. Back then, I worked for a general manager that took his management staff on field trips to observe various parks in operation.  We studied every operational phase.  Those photos reminded me of many lessons learned.   […]

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A Solid Strategy to Beat the Heat <br/>Boosting Summer Attendance with Water Elements

A Solid Strategy to Beat the Heat
Boosting Summer Attendance with Water Elements

September 2, 2013 No Comments

When the weather sizzles, crowds wither away at many zoos and aquariums. Facilities that offer splash pads, spray parks and waterparks have discovered that if they provide a way to cool off, customers will brave the heat, stay longer and spend more. Particularly at zoos where most exhibits are outdoors, a spike in the mercury […]

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How a Young Industry Caters to Its Young <br/>Strategies to Entertain Under-18 Customers

How a Young Industry Caters to Its Young
Strategies to Entertain Under-18 Customers

September 1, 2013 No Comments

In 2005, Erik Guthrie opened the Laser Tag Museum in order to preserve the almost 30-year history of laser tag. The museum now features an extensive collection of equipment, merchandise and memorabilia from dozens of laser tag facilities from all over the world. “Laser tag has grown to be a worldwide experience now enjoyed in […]

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Top Five Tips for Booking Events

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Be flexible. The more you’re willing to work with a client, the more likely they are to come back – and to refer a friend. Use social media. More people go online to plan events. That’s why getting the word out on sites like Facebook and Twitter can help link your facility with potential customers […]

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Spilling the Secrets <br/>Strategies to Promote Successful Roller Rink Events

Spilling the Secrets
Strategies to Promote Successful Roller Rink Events

September 1, 2013 No Comments

While birthday parties are still an important revenue source, roller skating rinks from the Rockaways to Venice Beach are finding innovative methods to draw unusual events to their locations.  For example, at Portland’s Oaks Park Amusement Park and Roller Rink, Emily MacKay, the promotions and events manager, is taking advantage of Washington State’s new marriage […]

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Remodeling for a Model Course
Top Signs a Miniature Golf Course Needs Work

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Though it is virtually impossible to change your location (portable courses exempted) it is very possible and often desirable to change your existing course.  Signs of a needed change are often easy to recognize. Here are just a few. The Obvious Signs: • Carpet that is worn and torn with separating seams and vanishing fibers. […]

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Four Go-kart Safe Operating Tips

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Schedule Success: Follow a regular inspection and maintenance routine. Get an Eyeful: Train employees, and require them, to watch the track at all times when in use. Stay Refreshed and Ready: Run monthly sessions in safe operating practices for the staff. Make it Worth the Wait: Show the guest queue a safety video.  

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Creating Quick Fun <br/>Trends in Go-kart Racing

Creating Quick Fun
Trends in Go-kart Racing

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Go-karts have become a key sales- and traffic-driver at many family entertainment centers, but for some, simply touting a go-kart attraction isn’t enough. Some players are upping the ante in the race to profitability, catering to guests’ need for speed with go-kart racing, and implementing strategies to ensure success. Suburban Oaks, Pa., located 18 miles […]

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Sponsors

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Rio Syrup

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Spectrum Sports

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Store on Wheels

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Extreme Engineering

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Sureshot Redemption

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

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.

American Changer

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Penny Press

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Max Flight

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Soft Play

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Perfect Fry

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Art Attack

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Aquaventronics

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

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.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tear Repair

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Embed

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Laser Star

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Knight Equipment

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

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