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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Art Attack

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Laser Star

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Poly Products

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Extreme Engineering

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

American Changer

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Store on Wheels

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

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.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Knight Equipment

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Spectrum Sports

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Penny Press

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Max Flight

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Embed

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Rio Syrup

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.