Archive for 2013

News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

April 12, 2013 No Comments

Namco Steals the Show While only a few months have passed since November and the IAAPA show where NAMCO America recorded one of their most successful shows to-date, the 2013 Amusement Expo has provided the company with another outstanding show. Preliminary sales numbers look to rival the ones placed in November as domestic locations prepare […]

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Restaurant Theming <br/>Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Amusement Parks

Restaurant Theming
Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Amusement Parks

April 5, 2013 No Comments

Since Johnny Rockets was founded in 1986, the classic American-themed restaurant became as known for its entertainment value as much as it was revered for its great cheeseburgers and shakes. With a 1950s diner décor, individual jukebox stations, chrome accents, counter seating, vinyl seats and a staff that breaks into song and dance every 30 […]

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Where There Is an Appetite, There Is a Way <br/>Subway Franchises Thrive in Non-traditional Locations

Where There Is an Appetite, There Is a Way
Subway Franchises Thrive in Non-traditional Locations

April 5, 2013 No Comments

When Hersheypark approached Subway franchisees Ben Farahani and his family about opening a Subway in their theme park, they were intrigued.  The family already was operating Subway franchises throughout the central Pennsylvania region, but they liked the idea of owning a franchise in a “non-traditional” environment. “This was 1992 before the trend for national branding […]

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April/May 2013

April 4, 2013 No Comments

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Five Tips to Advertise New Menu Items

April 4, 2013 No Comments

When there’s something new on the menu, it’s important to let customers know, and some savvy moves can help get the word out. Here are some top tips for highlighting new menu items. “Our cashiers will tell guests about any new items and we will have special signage for an introductory period of time.”  – […]

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Feeding Hungry Humans<br/> The Healthy, Fun and Junk Food Outlook at Zoos and Aquariums

Feeding Hungry Humans
The Healthy, Fun and Junk Food Outlook at Zoos and Aquariums

April 4, 2013 No Comments

When strolling through a zoo or aquarium you might see signs warning against feeding the animals, but when it comes to the customers themselves, it’s a totally different story. A healthy portion of the money these attractions take in comes from dining dollars, so it’s important that a wide selection of food is available and […]

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The Spring Spruce-Up <br/>How Zoos Get Ready for the Summer Season

The Spring Spruce-Up
How Zoos Get Ready for the Summer Season

April 4, 2013 No Comments

In San Diego, where the seasons barely change, spring spruce-up at the zoo has little to do with a break in the weather or breaking out the paint brushes. Preparation for the coming tourist season is more about finishing up the new Australia Outback Exhibit – featuring the largest breeding population of koalas outside of […]

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Creating a Fresh Look to Draw New Business

Creating a Fresh Look to Draw New Business

April 4, 2013 No Comments

The refurbishment of an existing facility or attraction can sometimes be more challenging than designing a brand new project. These upgrades can be as simple as fresh paint and landscaping to renew the facility all the way up to a complete re-theme to create a totally new experience for your guests. When approaching a renovation […]

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Daktronics LED Panels Deliver for New Rental Partner Sideline Productions

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Rental partner, Sideline Productions, a Brookings, S.D., based large-screen video rental company, opened for business with the purchase of Daktronics PST-10 modular LED display panels. The company has successfully put the new equipment to use for several events. “We are committed to providing exceptional customer service and delivering a reliable product with superior image quality […]

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Capturing Corporate Parties<br/>Strategies for Building Business from Party Rental Companies

Capturing Corporate Parties
Strategies for Building Business from Party Rental Companies

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Like enduring a long winter, cutting corners can be dreary. But even companies that are watching their spending closely continue to offer morale-boosting events for employees. For rental companies seeking to capture this business, being the chosen provider involves more than offering inflatables. The companies with the means want a tailor-fitted event and yet want […]

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Sponsors

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Extreme Engineering

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

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.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Penny Press

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Aquaventronics

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Laser Star

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Art Attack

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Rio Syrup

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Bulbtronics

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Embed

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Cost of Wisconson

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Family Fun Corp.

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Perfect Fry

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

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.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Store on Wheels

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

Poly Products

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Max Flight

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Tear Repair

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Soft Play

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

Knight Equipment

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

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