Archive for September, 2013

Rolling with the Technological Changes
Innovations in New Bowling Centers

September 1, 2013 No Comments

It used to be that we had to keep track of our bowling scores with a short, stubby, yellow pencil and some quick math. Then, it became even easier, with automated scoring via computer system. Now, with the latest advancements in technology, bowling centers are equipped with state-of-the-art systems, making the bowling experience more efficient […]

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A Strike for Profits <br/>Strategies to Increase Revenues

A Strike for Profits
Strategies to Increase Revenues

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Many centers with bowling facilities offer the game and much more, such as equipment rental, arcade games and food. So what is the biggest revenue source for owners? A random survey of bowling centers shows the revenue picture is a mixed bag. Arcade games are the biggest profit source at PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center, in […]

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Where Staples and Specials Are on the Menu <br/>Waterpark Food Service Trends

Where Staples and Specials Are on the Menu
Waterpark Food Service Trends

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Some waterparks are finding that expanding the menu offerings with unique dishes increases both food sales and customer satisfaction. Still, traditional fun food menu items are in the forefront of the profit picture for these popular attractions. Deep River Waterpark in Crown Point, Ind., is a waterpark owned by the Lake County Parks and Recreation […]

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Flowing Toward Oceanic Education <br/>Coral World Ocean Park

Flowing Toward Oceanic Education
Coral World Ocean Park

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Those looking for a unique waterpark experience, one without the thrill rides and splash zones, can delight in the undersea world of Caribbean marine life at Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. “We have found that visitors to St. Thomas have become more interested in having real experiences,” explained Trudie Prior, general […]

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Made in the Shade
Darien Lake’s Shelter and Cabana Program

September 1, 2013 No Comments

When Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE) took over management of Darien Lake Theme Park Resort in 2011, one of the first things that stood out to them was the severe lack of shade. “We did have some trees and small umbrellas, but at times we could have up to 5,000 people in the park at once […]

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Keeping Up With the Current <br/> Waterpark Ride and Slide Trends

Keeping Up With the Current
Waterpark Ride and Slide Trends

September 1, 2013 No Comments

For scores of people looking for ways to beat the heat during those scorching hot summer days, waterparks offer a cool, refreshing and fun option. The heat is sure to deliver throngs of guests, but making sure they return time and again is up to the park management. Keeping up with the latest waterpark trends […]

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How Technology Is Changing the In-Park Guest Experience – First of Two Parts

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Since the inception of theme parks, one of the most frustrating experiences for guests has been waiting in line to enjoy a ride or show.  During peak periods, this wait can quickly turn from merely frustrating to almost unbearable as individuals wait for hours to experience what might be a five minute ride at most.  […]

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Armando Lanuti Joins Party Center Software Team

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Party Center Software has announced the addition of Armando Lanuti to the sales team. Lanuti has a diverse background in the restaurant and retail industries and a Purdue University education in computer science and business. He has been working in the family entertainment industry for more than a decade.

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Creative Works Adds Bart Fisher to Management and Sales Team

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Creative Works has expanded again with the addition of Bart Fisher to its management and sales team.  Fisher has worked as an entrepreneur, owner, client service employee, project manager and teacher. As a “Native Texan-Jayhawk,” now in Indiana, he has worked with business owners and operators of both local retailers and Fortune 500 Corporations. Fisher […]

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Nagashima SpaLand Japan Opens Laser Star’s  Coin-Operated Western Shooting Gallery

Nagashima SpaLand Japan Opens Laser Star’s Coin-Operated Western Shooting Gallery

September 1, 2013 No Comments

In July 2013, Laser Star Amusement completed the installation of a 20-player, coin- operated, 62-target traditional electronic shooting gallery at Nagashima Spaland. The gallery was installed as a supplemental attraction. The 54 linear feet of western themed gallery occupies the underutilized space beneath the foundation of the “Pirate Jumbo Viking” ride. Nagashima Spaland  is Japan’s […]

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Sponsors

Spectrum Sports

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Perfect Fry

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

Soft Play

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Bulbtronics

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Max Flight

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

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.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Laser Star

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Aquaventronics

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Art Attack

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement 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.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Store on Wheels

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Penny Press

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Embed

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

American Changer

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tear Repair

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Rio Syrup

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

Poly Products

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Extreme Engineering

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

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