Archive for 2013

Getting the Biggest Bounce from Inflatables: Five Tips

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Make a List. Start by defining what you hope to accomplish, factoring in any restrictions such as space and height. Check it Twice. When listing your requirements, be specific. Talk the Talk. Do your research, including talking to others with inflatables and attending trade shows to find the right manufacturer. Make a Quick Study. Evaluate […]

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Making the Bounce the Main Attraction <br/>Fun Center Inflatables Profit Strategies

Making the Bounce the Main Attraction
Fun Center Inflatables Profit Strategies

May 20, 2013 No Comments

You can create magical castles, houses, animals and almost anything else you can imagine with air and vinyl. Inflatables enable attractions to build or enhance a theme without major construction or expense. Here’s how some savvy operators are using them to target certain groups and add to their bottom lines. Some of the newer entertainment […]

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Stoelting Launches Smart Technology:
ConnectI2U Wi-Fi Enabled Machines Deliver Custom Status Updates and Alerts

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Stoelting, a leading manufacturer of frozen treat equipment for the foodservice industry, has introduced ConnectI2U.com, a subscriber website that monitors, tracks and reports on Stoelting machines equipped with IntelliTec2™ controls. The Wi-Fi enabled control has the ability to communicate anywhere in the world that has internet access, and is Stoelting’s newest technology engineered to improve […]

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Food for the Ages<br/>Strategies from Zoos and Botanical Gardens to Satisfy All Guests

Food for the Ages
Strategies from Zoos and Botanical Gardens to Satisfy All Guests

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Visitors to zoos and botanic gardens range in age from the very young to the not so very young, and satisfying the taste buds of every guest can prove to be a challenge.  Food concessions managers and executive chefs work to offer foods and snacks that will quell hunger and keep their visitors content. As […]

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Playing Around with Placement<br/>How to Give Redemption Games the Best Spot

Playing Around with Placement
How to Give Redemption Games the Best Spot

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Vendors and arcade operators agree that instant-win redemption games can act as their own selling points. With prizes displayed like merchandise in a retail display window, they serve as their own advertising. It is with that in mind that the placement of these popular games within an arcade makes them even more profitable. As Mike […]

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Redemption Holds Steady
The Top-Earning Games, New and Old

May 20, 2013 No Comments

According to arcade operators and the vendors who supply them, the motto for today’s redemption game industry could be “new is good.” However, it’s not so much about the latest high-end technology as it is about keeping challenging and fun games in the mix, where players can not only have fun but win unique prizes. […]

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From Layout to Game Selection
Advice for Creating the Best Bowling Center Arcades

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Having an arcade in a bowling center certainly isn’t what it used to be. Years ago, bowling center arcades would be mostly filled with video games and a few redemption consoles. Now, it’s the complete opposite as gamers get their fix on home consoles instead of public arcades. But that doesn’t mean arcades can’t be […]

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Finding Success in the Action-Packed Laser Tag Industry

May 20, 2013 No Comments

While popular video games offer players the opportunity to lose themselves in an imaginary world of thrills and adventure, from the comfort of their sofa, laser tag represents a healthier alternative. The difference? The imaginary, adventure-filled world of laser tag gets you up and about, and allows creative and exciting interactions between people. With so […]

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Rink Safety Musts

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Keep it Clean: Constantly inspect the skating surface and surrounding areas for debris. Watch the Flow: Make sure skaters are moving in the right direction and not weaving or playing tag. Check the Skates: Routinely inspect skates for problems.

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Strategies for Safe Skating
How Roller Skating Centers Minimize Risk

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Roller skating pros whizzing by can be daunting for less advanced skaters, and the role of the roller skating center is to provide a space for all levels of skaters to move about safely. Employee training in the area of safety is therefore critical. Short of following the weak and wobbly skaters around the rink, […]

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Sponsors

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Perfect Fry

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Poly Products

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Tear Repair

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Cost of Wisconson

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Bulbtronics

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

Rio Syrup

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Embed

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

American Changer

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Store on Wheels

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Family Fun Corp.

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

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.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Spectrum Sports

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Extreme Engineering

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

Max Flight

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Art Attack

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Penny Press

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

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.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Soft Play

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Aquaventronics

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Knight Equipment

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Laser Star

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys