Asheville’s Fun Depot, Asheville, N.C. and Creative Works, Inc.

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Creative Works, Inc., is a full-service theme creator, prop builder and attractions provider to theme parks, museums, family entertainment centers, restaurants, tourist attractions and other venues. For over 15 years, they have brought ideas to life with a talented team of designers, sculptors, craftsmen, and artisans, known throughout the industry as the “Theme Team,” and are proud to have delivered the WOW Effect to a wide variety of destinations across the globe.

Being in business for so long, they have developed some great trusting relationships with other companies that are in the entertainment industry. Alan Kumpf has spent the majority of his career in the service industry.  After working in the restaurant business for 18 years in both family-owned establishments and chain restaurants, he saw a potential transition to the entertainment industry.  Since most FEC’s have food service and are geared toward families, there was an overlap to provide a perfect segue.  This new transition led him to his current position as General Manager of Asheville’s Fun Depot in Asheville, N.C.

Kumpf has spent the last eight years running the day-to-day operations of Asheville’s Fun Depot.  With 72,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor space and attractions, this is no easy feat.  Among the attractions offered at the facility are mini bowling, bumper cars, mini golf, indoor go-karts, outdoor go-karts, laser tag, an arcade, soft play and a diner.  The facility also has a Lazer Frenzy laser maze and an AtomicRUSH attraction from Creative Works.

Lazer Frenzy is an arcade-style attraction that combines the exhilarating, high-tech excitement of interactive lasers with LED technology. Players find themselves inside a 200-square-foot glowing black light environment with brightly colored laser beams creating a web of lasers. AtomicRUSH infuses state-of-the-art touch technology with brilliant multi-colored LED lighting circuitry as a part of the next generation arcade. Players choose a color and the objective is to quickly tap the LED panels as their colors light up. Both of these attractions work well in Kumpf’s arcade space since they take swipe cards as credit payment, just like any typical arcade game.

When asked why Asheville’s Fun Depot has been so successful, he focused on the family environment. “I attribute our success to being a wholesome place for families to go and have fun.”  Regardless of the level of success, many operators look at their business and see areas of improvement.  Kumpf and his team saw such an opportunity, and spent six months renovating the entire facility.  With his eye on the future, Kumpf is optimistic about where the entertainment industry will be several years from now. “I think the trend will be for families of all sizes to covet the time they can spend together. I think people will be constantly searching for a forum where they can get time together.”

Similarly, Creative Works, Inc., believes in the importance of building impact on the community and supporting customers in achieving their dreams. With over 500 attractions designed, built, and customized, they have practically seen it all. And through sponsoring conferences, speaking at events, and providing in-house seminars they give back with their time, talents, and treasures to the community around them. -

(For more information, visit www.thewoweffect.com, call 317-834-4770 or circle 216 on the reader service card.) 

Back

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Sponsors

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Spectrum Sports

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Max Flight

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Knight Equipment

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Bulbtronics

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Aquaventronics

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Cost of Wisconson

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tear Repair

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Extreme Engineering

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

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.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Spectrum
LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Premier Polysteel
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation