Archive for November, 2013

Stirring up Food Sales <br/>Strategies from Zoos and Aquariums to Decide What’s Cooking

Stirring up Food Sales
Strategies from Zoos and Aquariums to Decide What’s Cooking

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Zoos and aquariums are always working new menu items and food service equipment into their plans to best serve the dining public. An extensive eatery remodel at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., was unveiled last May to include Cindy’s Waterfront Restaurant, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe and the Coffee Bar.  The guiding principles of […]

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Animatronics: An Ever-changing Legacy of Wonder

Animatronics: An Ever-changing Legacy of Wonder

November 2, 2013 No Comments

In the same way that roller coasters revolutionized the way park guests experience thrills in motion, animatronics forever changed the way attractions’ stories are told in parks and resorts the world over.  Since Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland in California introduced animatronic figures powered by linear pneumatic cylinders controlled by early reel-to-reel tape […]

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Spotlight on Interactive Dark Rides
A Conversation with Triotech

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Triotech is a company with promising products that have universal appeal. In a conversation with Tourist Attractions and Parks, Triotech’s President and CEO Ernest Yale and its Vice President of Business Development and Sales Gabi Salabi touched on a few of the new projects and innovations from the company. Yale said the product that has […]

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The Interactive Dark Ride: Fun for All, All for Fun

The Interactive Dark Ride: Fun for All, All for Fun

November 2, 2013 No Comments

The wide appeal of Interactive dark rides makes them a must-have attraction for many types of locations, from theme parks to family entertainment centers. But what exactly is an interactive dark ride?  It is a media-based interactive attraction that immerses players in a universe that combines the interactive technology, a rich multi-dimensional experience along with […]

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Animation for the Masses
How Affordable Technology Is Changing the Attractions Landscape

November 2, 2013 No Comments

At one point, only tourist attractions and parks with major money could afford animated shows and attractions, or they knew so little about it that they would probably consider it impossible. But as technology has advanced and prices have dramatically dropped on animation control systems and CD-quality digital audio repeaters, you don’t have to be […]

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Connecting the Dots on State Prize Per Play Limit Laws

November 2, 2013 No Comments

There are now more than 20 states that have laws that limit the maximum value of a prize that can be won per play from a redemption or merchandise dispensing game. The limits vary from 75 cents/play in Florida to $5 in Georgia to $10 in Ohio and so on to $35. The domino effect […]

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UNIS Debuts Game at IAAPA France

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Universal Space Video Game (UNIS) experienced a busy IAAPA France in September, debuting the well-received FunFair Bash. The company’s representatives also met plenty of operators from France, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and other Euro zones. It was reported that the operators especially enjoyed FunFair Bash’s multi-tiered levels that  reward skillful gameplay. (For more information, call […]

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The Word from the Street:
Trends in Redemption Games

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Andrew Antilado knows firsthand why the “stacker” machine is his company’s most popular redemption game. “It really gives you a rush,” said Antilado, himself a fan of the game. “It seems simple, all you have to do is stack these little squares. But it gets faster and faster as you get to the top. You […]

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The Arcade Fire
How to Keep the Flames of Interest in Games Burning

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Arcades inside family entertainment centers can be the biggest revenue generator, if done correctly. But it’s more than having the latest and greatest arcade games – although that helps. It’s about smart packaging, having the right mix of games and enticing people to come back over and over again. Packaging tokens or game credits inside […]

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TokensDirect Offers Custom and Standard Tokens with Anti-Microbial Properties

November 2, 2013 No Comments

TokensDirect will feature a full line of standard and custom tokens with factory direct pricing, low minimum order quantities and fast turnaround times in IAAPA booth #921.  In addition to factory direct convenience and pricing, laboratory studies show that copper alloys (including brass, bronze, copper nickel and nickel bronze,) which are commonly used for arcade […]

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Sponsors

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.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Brunswick Bowling

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Poly Products

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Max Flight

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

Knight Equipment

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Soft Play

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Rio Syrup

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Spectrum Sports

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Extreme Engineering

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Tear Repair

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Laser Star

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

Embed

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Aquaventronics

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sureshot Redemption

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

American Changer

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

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.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Art Attack

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Store on Wheels

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Penny Press

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

Bulbtronics

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

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