Archive for 2013

Two Character Attributes

September 1, 2013 No Comments

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

September 1, 2013 No Comments

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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Stadium and Arena Food <br/>Chefs Swing for the Fences with Unique Eats and Fan Favorites

Stadium and Arena Food
Chefs Swing for the Fences with Unique Eats and Fan Favorites

September 1, 2013 No Comments

An executive chef at a stadium or arena knows that there is more to feeding 80,000 guests than grilling a few hot dogs.  Today’s executive chefs balance fun and typical stadium and arena food with healthy alternatives so that all fans can enjoy snacks and meals that suit their tastes and dietary preferences. Buffalo, N.Y.-based […]

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Copper Plated Zinc Tokens Are in Stock Now

Copper Plated Zinc Tokens Are in Stock Now

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Copper plated zinc tokens allow you to avoid paying more for brass tokens, and TokensDirect has plenty of this affordable option. These tokens work in most coin mechs, although their light weight may affect weigh count accuracy. Since the tokens are copper plated, they are naturally anti-microbial and won’t rust. Call the company at 1-800-514-6312 […]

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Operator’s Choice
The Coin-op Capsule Toy Question

September 1, 2013 No Comments

There are some things in life that are just taken for granted. Coin-operated machines filled with colorful capsule toys could be one of them. The amusement industry is slowly moving away from the nostalgic mechanisms. Adults of a certain age remember the joy of popping a coin or two into a glass, bubble-like, coin-operated machine […]

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Why Game Diversification Pays Off

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Offering variety of gaming can be costly, but worth it, according the waterpark managers. That means investing in popular games. “For the adults, we see significant play on Big Buck Hunter (a shooting game), Deal or No Deal and Wheel of Fortune with our older audience,” said Tor Anderson, director of aquatics for Edgewater Hotel […]

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A Ripple Effect for Increased Revenue
How Arcades Are Adding to the Fun at Waterparks

September 1, 2013 No Comments

A day at the waterpark no longer just involves sliding down slides, lounging in the lazy river and maybe making a trip to the snack bar. Arcades have become an integral part of the waterpark experience, not only providing an amenity so children, and adults, have something different to add to the overall experience, but […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine

August 19, 2013 No Comments

IATP Assists in Development of New ASTM Standard F2970-13 for Trampoline Courts The rapid growth of indoor trampoline parks across the world has allowed the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) to help lead the development of a new ASTM safety standard that will significantly enhance consumer experience in both existing and new facilities, while […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

August 16, 2013 No Comments

Sega’s Vid-Demption Games Attract Repeat Play Pirates of Monster Island joins Sega’s line-up of hit Vid-Demption games that includes  Pig’s  Might  Fly and  Super Monkey Ball Ticket Blitz. By adding a video display to a ticket redemption game, Sega has been able to create much greater game content and more compelling gameplay experiences. “A typical […]

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Sponsors

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Store on Wheels

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Rio Syrup

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Spectrum Sports

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Laser Star

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

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.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Extreme Engineering

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Poly Products

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Embed

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Knight Equipment

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Bulbtronics

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

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.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Aquaventronics

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

Max Flight

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Soft Play

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tear Repair

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Art Attack

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

American Changer

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Penny Press

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

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