Archive for September, 2013

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

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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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

American Changer

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Soft Play

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Laser Star

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Perfect Fry

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

Rio Syrup

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Poly Products

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Max Flight

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Penny Press

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Aquaventronics

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

Knight Equipment

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Art Attack

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

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.

Spectrum Sports

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tear Repair

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Store on Wheels

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

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.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

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.

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