Archive for 2013

Four Marketing Tips

May 20, 2013 No Comments

“We have a cable commercial that we run and that has done very well for us. I think television can still help promote the sport because people like to see things rather than just read about them.” – Bernie Pelletier, Bayberry Bowling Center, Spencer, Mass. “Sunday nights were pretty dead so we started an all-you-can […]

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Castle Golf Installs New Course in San Diego

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Belmont Park in San Diego will soon get a new attraction, a Castle Golf interactive, 18-hole miniature golf course. Scheduled to open in June, is a unique “in and out” course called Tiki Town Adventure Golf. This course has a tropical island theme, enhanced by a variety of exciting special effects and props. The building’s […]

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Attraction Add-Ons <br/>How a Rebirth in Candlepin Bowling Can Benefit Your Facility

Attraction Add-Ons
How a Rebirth in Candlepin Bowling Can Benefit Your Facility

May 20, 2013 No Comments

For anyone who has been involved with candlepin bowling over the years, developing the game has been somewhat of a challenge as people tend to associate bowling with the more popular 10-pin action that is featured on television and often in movies. Still, candlepin bowling can be an ideal add-on attraction to maximize profits for […]

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Flour Power
From the Crust to the Toppings, Quality Pizza Ingredients Count

May 20, 2013 No Comments

For many visitors to bowling centers, there is nothing better than piping hot pizza to satiate hunger. However, few, if any guests are willing to settle for a mediocre slice or pie, which is why smart bowling center operators go the extra mile to ensure that they offer as perfect a pizza as possible. Pizza […]

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Top Tips for Adding Entertainment Elements to Your Bowling Center

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Bowling Center operators are living in a time of rapid marketplace evolution.  Bowling remains one of the most popular active entertainment options, with over 70 million Americans playing at least once during the last year.  The competition for active entertainment consumers has increased in most major markets over the last decade, as the Pizza Buffet […]

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Making a Splash Without Getting Soaked <br/>Splash Parks and Dry Play Areas at Waterparks

Making a Splash Without Getting Soaked
Splash Parks and Dry Play Areas at Waterparks

May 20, 2013 No Comments

When twisty, wild, extreme water slides are a touch too turbulent, the convenience of splash parks adds to the thrill of a day at the waterpark. Likewise, those who crave a break from the water activities may appreciate the option of dry play areas. The implementation of these attractions at many waterparks has no doubt […]

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Hiring a Strong Foundation
How Disney Gives Employees Something to Build On

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Every year, millions of guests visit theme parks across the country.  The competition for their trips is strong and often turns on just a few key factors.  While exciting rides, shows, and food go a long ways toward defining a great experience, there is one other factor that plays a major role in whether guests […]

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NAMCO Welcomes New Employees

May 20, 2013 No Comments

NAMCO America is excited to welcome two new members to the company. Tim Marlega has joined NAMCO America as the company’s Product Promotions Specialist after the movement of Erik Gilly to the sales department. Marlega is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. Seth Origitano […]

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First Human Maze to Open Inside Famous Texas Steakhouse

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Waiting for a perfectly grilled steak at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo is a lot more entertaining since the opening of an Amaze ‘n Human Maze. With an Old West theme, the maze is keeping children and adults entertained in a tent adjacent to the restaurant.

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State Fair Mini Donuts Adds New Locations to Its Roster of Customers

May 20, 2013 No Comments

State Fair® Mini Donuts, which for over 25 years has allowed its customers to serve fresh and hot mini donuts without the need for deep fat frying, has added a number of clients. The company, which brings the delicious taste of fair treats to any location with its State Fair Oven, is now operating in […]

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Sponsors

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tear Repair

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Brunswick Bowling

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Bulbtronics

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

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.

Spectrum Sports

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Extreme Engineering

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Formula K Raceways

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Knight Equipment

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Perfect Fry

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

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.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

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.

Soft Play

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

Embed

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

Aquaventronics

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

American Changer

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Store on Wheels

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Art Attack

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Rio Syrup

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Max Flight

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Laser Star

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Poly Products

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys