Archive for 2013

Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine and Foundations Entertainment University Announce the Winners of the 2013 Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards

Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine and Foundations Entertainment University Announce the Winners of the 2013 Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine along with Foundations Entertainment University presented awards for the Best New Family Entertainment Center and the Best Remodeled Family Entertainment Center, in a continuing effort to recognize the high standards for excellence that are being set in the industry. Award winners were announced during the 2013 Amusement Expo held at […]

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Trampoline Systems

Trampoline Systems

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Fun Spot continues to expand its innovative line of engineered trampoline park systems and support its global customerbase with installation and training.  Learn more at www.funspot.com or by calling 706-376-8989.

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Food and Laser Tag <br/>Top Tips to Zap Hunger and Thirst

Food and Laser Tag
Top Tips to Zap Hunger and Thirst

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Laser tag is a dual-personality activity. For some, it serves as birthday party entertainment or a workplace teambuilding event. For other players, the experience is more about the sweat and grit of an athletic competition. Facility operators take those different approaches into consideration when planning their food offerings, stocking snack areas and cafes with everything […]

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Rolling Toward the Future
Current Trends at Skating Centers

April 4, 2013 No Comments

In this time of the constant entertainment provided by tablets and smart phones, roller rinks around the country are still drawing in customers with old-fashioned fun. But the centers are also mindful that change is essential to keeping in tune with current thinking regarding how customers are spending their leisure entertainment dollars. “We have so […]

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Seven Top Tips for Smart Equipment Buying

April 4, 2013 No Comments

  Know your market and who you want to be in terms of food as it relates to your attraction. Define what your market will support in terms of food operations. Look for ways to leverage your location to expand food operations. Right build: Don’t over or under equip your kitchen. Consider all costs, including […]

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Food Equipment to Get Eatery Earnings Rolling

Food Equipment to Get Eatery Earnings Rolling

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Whether putting or racing, patrons are attracted to the sight and smell of great food—no matter if the facility offers basic snacks or something more comprehensive. What’s offered, of course, depends on a number of factors, ranging from demographics and layout to location. One element that is common across facilities, though, is the need for […]

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Food At the Bowling Center:
Aiming For the Perfect Game

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Serious bowlers know that getting the right spin on the ball depends on using the right ball. A game of skill, a product, a service, is only as good as the sum of its parts and that goes for food, too. Satisfying hungry customers boils down to finding the best ingredients, achieving the right style […]

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Aqua Talkers: A New Concept in Interactive Fun

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Aqua Talkers LLC of Phoenix, Ariz., has announced details of their new talking fountain product line.  Billed as “Friendly, Interactive Fountains” the sculpted characters are created as a standard line or custom designed to meet any specification. Each Aqua Talker has up to eight individual water sprayers that come on and off, programmed to a […]

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Best Practices for Keeping Water Properly Filtered

April 4, 2013 No Comments

“Our maintenance department conducts hourly checks of all pools for chemical levels. They also perform hourly checks of all controls and filter bays. Regular maintenance of the filtration equipment is conducted and we have back-up plans for all systems to ensure proper operation.” -  Megan Fulbright, manager of operations, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington, Texas […]

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Springing into Summer <br/>How Waterparks Prepare for Hot Temperatures Long Before They Arrive

Springing into Summer
How Waterparks Prepare for Hot Temperatures Long Before They Arrive

April 4, 2013 No Comments

When the summer swimming season ends, waterparks across the country don’t waste any time beginning preparations for the next year. “Many of our guests are surprised to hear that although we have less than a 100-day operating season, we are actually a year-round operation,” said George Rohman, senior operations manager, Morey’s Piers Beachfront Waterparks, Wildwood, […]

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Sponsors

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Tear Repair

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Aquaventronics

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

American Changer

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

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.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Laser Star

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Spectrum Sports

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Art Attack

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Penny Press

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Soft Play

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Embed

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Rio Syrup

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Poly Products

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Bulbtronics

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Store on Wheels

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation