Archive for November, 2013

Vendor Spotlight: Flagship Carpets, Calhoun, Ga.

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Flagship Carpets, located in Calhoun, Ga., has been the leading supplier of carpet to the family entertainment industry for over 30 years.  Flagship is family owned and operated with over 50 years and four generations of textile manufacturing experience. Though experience is invaluable in the carpet industry, Flagship also understands that to provide our customers […]

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

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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 […]

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An Industry Perspective
The Ride Theft Question

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One of the most frustrating and ongoing battles an FEC operator faces is controlling theft on their attractions.  While it often starts as giving a friend a free ride, it can quickly progress to multiple ride attendants taking a few dollars for a ride at the attraction and pocketing it, stealing admission dollars from the […]

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RUSH Laser Tag Arenas Continues to Raise the Bar

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Art Attack is pleased to announce the continued growth of its RUSH Laser Tag Arenas division. In the past few years the designers and fabricators at Art Attack have been developing new laser tag arenas that are unique and trendsetting in the industry.   In the last few months alone the company has built six […]

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Loveland Loves Laser Tag <br/>Why Some Believe the City Is Poised to Become the United States’ Laser Tag Capital

Loveland Loves Laser Tag
Why Some Believe the City Is Poised to Become the United States’ Laser Tag Capital

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Less than an hour north of Denver, Loveland, Colo., is a scenic retreat in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Fort Collins, a hub for vacationers, craft beer lovers and tourists clamoring to see, among other attractions, the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining. The aptly nicknamed Sweetheart City is also home to […]

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Commemorating the Live Music Era

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Dominic Cangelosi, owner of Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink in Glendale, Calif.,  recently donated his vintage Hammond B3 organ to the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Neb. Museum Director James Vannurden explained, “Rinks have always had music.  This is Dominic’s personal organ that he would bring to wherever the National Indoor Championships were being […]

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Laced up for Success<br/>Operational Tips from Roller Skating Centers

Laced up for Success
Operational Tips from Roller Skating Centers

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When you run a roller skating facility, your goal is to keep the families coming and ensure that a new generation grows up loving to skate. The roots of Skate Daze in Omaha, Neb., go back to the 1940s when the father of current owner Scott Cernik, traveled the Midwest with a portable rink.  Now […]

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Rounding the Corner Toward Success
New Trends Indicate Significant Roller Skating Industry Growth

November 2, 2013 No Comments

The family entertainment center industry is growing at an ever-increasing pace. In fact, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions estimates the FEC industry has growth of approximately 25 new facilities each and every year – and the roller skating industry is no exception. In interviews with several roller skating rink owners, we found […]

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Making a Go of Go-Karting
Strategies to Drive Increased Interest

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No matter their age, many guests of family entertainment centers jump at the chance to ride the go-karts. But that doesn’t mean operators shouldn’t implement, and aren’t implementing, strategies for driving increased interest in and profitability from this activity. Go-karts are a major draw to, and centerpiece attraction at, Rogue Valley Family Fun Center in […]

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A Question and Answer Interview with Tami Dean, General Manager, Ride Development Company (RDC)

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Tourist Attractions & Parks:  What are current equipment trends in the bumper car industry? Tami Dean: Over the years, there has been a marked trend toward tube system bumper cars rather than the traditional dodgem electric cars. The tube cars are simply more durable and easier to maintain.  Recently, some owners and operators are asking […]

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Sponsors

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Art Attack

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

Poly Products

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

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.

Penny Press

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

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.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Perfect Fry

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Knight Equipment

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Rio Syrup

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Spectrum Sports

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Max Flight

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

American Changer

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

Extreme Engineering

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Aquaventronics

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Laser Star

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Embed

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Bulbtronics

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

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.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Formula K Raceways

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Tear Repair

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Soft Play

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

Store on Wheels

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

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