Archive for September, 2013

Foundations Entertainment University’s (FEU) 29th Class in Chicago, Ill.

September 1, 2013 No Comments

The mid-July Foundations Entertainment University’s (FEU) 29th Class in Chicago, Ill., with presenters pictured at front in blue shirts. The group included attendees from all over North America. FEU has been educating professionals and potential members of the family and leisure entertainment industry for 10 years, and has over 850 graduates worldwide.

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Express ATM Offers Reliable ATM Options to Increase Cash Flow

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Express ATM, headquartered in North Carolina, with regional offices throughout the United States, caters to theme parks, waterparks, zoos, family entertainment centers and many other tourist related venues. The company will develop a program specific to a location’s needs. From outdoor ATM options to vinyl machine wraps, the team at Express ATM is dedicated to […]

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Funovation Offers a New Line of Laser Maze Challenge Trailer Units

Funovation Offers a New Line of Laser Maze Challenge Trailer Units

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Funovation Inc. is unveiling a new line of Laser Maze Challenge Trailer Units.  Spurred by the desire to bring mobility to their patented Laser Maze technology, the company designed the Trailer Maze with accessibility in mind. “This is a unique and exciting opportunity for our operators to reach people who have never experienced a Laser […]

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Sacoa Announces Installations for 2013 and Beyond

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Developer of the Playcard system, Sacoa has had a productive first half of the year, with several installations taking place in the United States, among them the Xtreme World Fun Center at the Boing Jump Center, in Tampa, Fla. The center offers about 50 games equipped with Sacoa’s wireless Colorshot readers, and using the company’s […]

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Grandson of Carousel International Corporation Founder Chronicles the Company’s History in Book

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Steven E. Veatch, grandson of Carousel International Corporation founder Norwood E. Veatch Sr., has published a book about this uniquely American success story. The volume “Okay, Just One Ride,” chronicles how the company evolved from a small video game business in the 1960s to a multimillion-dollar kiddie ride enterprise. Veatch’s company, which closed in 2007, […]

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Eight New Maze Attractions Open in the United States and Abroad in 2013

Eight New Maze Attractions Open in the United States and Abroad in 2013

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Six new custom-designed and built mazes from Colorado-based Amaze’n Mazes were opened between February and July, with two more scheduled for September. With the arrival of these eight new mazes, the company’s total rises to 57. Mazes were installed in Texas, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The company has also installed mazes near Budapest, Hungary and […]

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The Possibilities in a Turning Tide

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According to the World Waterpark Association (WWA), the Summer 2012 estimated attendance at North American waterparks was about 85 million, and average attendance growth per year over the last five years at these same parks in the United States, Canada and Mexico was 2.2 percent. The numbers illuminate how capitalizing on the simple appeal of […]

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Two Character Attributes

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A Fresh Take. Characters need familiar elements, but above all need to offer something novel. Stamina to Spare. Performers need the energy to bring life to a scene night after night, sometimes for more than a month.

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Top Advice for Picking Characters

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The haunted house business can be expensive, so for owners, it’s important to pick characters that have staying power. “Every time we come up with an attraction, we have to live with it for two or three years,” said Scott Simmons, the creative director and co-owner of Pittsburgh, Pa.’s ScareHouse. There have been years when […]

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Creating Scares to Spare <br/>How Haunted Attractions’ Owners Dream Up and Set Loose Effective Characters

Creating Scares to Spare
How Haunted Attractions’ Owners Dream Up and Set Loose Effective Characters

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Is anyone scared of vampires anymore? Sure, they suck the life out of humans and usher them into an eternity as an undead ghoul. That’s scary. But the Twilight series has also turned them into sensitive boys from the Pacific Northwest who fall in love too easily. That’s not scary. But zombies: those are still […]

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Sponsors

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

American Changer

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Spectrum Sports

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Max Flight

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Knight Equipment

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Family Fun Corp.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

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.

Store on Wheels

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Art Attack

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Laser Star

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Poly Products

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Penny Press

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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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.

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