Archive for 2013

Food for Thought
How Large Parks Are Meeting Guests’ Culinary Expectations

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Food and beverage has always been a significant part of the theme park business. But, today it seems to be bigger than ever, as we are seeing some interesting trends in the growth and expansion of food and beverage at large parks. These trends include more upscale restaurants, grander theming, an eye toward healthier offerings, […]

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John Evans Recognized by Two Industry Organizations

April 4, 2013 No Comments

John Evans Jr., senior vice president of Gold Medal, was recently honored with a Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) award during ceremonies held at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) show. The award recognized “elected leaders of major foodservice industry associations for their commitment and dedication to their respective organizations and the industry […]

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David Geoghegan Joins the Garner Holt Productions Team

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Garner Holt Productions welcomes industry veteran David Geoghegan to their sales, marketing and business development team. Geoghegan brings an extensive history in the themed entertainment, museum, commercial audio visual and casino industries. He has also been director of sales at Gilderfluke, Medialon, Alcorn McBride and 360 Systems.

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Our Annual Food Service Issue

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Taking a break to eat adds immeasurable enjoyment to the guest experience, and past surveys have indicated that food and beverage can account for between 30 and 40 percent of revenues. Understanding this segment of your business is therefore crucial, and each spring we examine food service in a variety of leisure entertainment settings. For […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

April 2, 2013 No Comments

Barron Games Offers the X-Putt Nano Barron Games International exhibited early this year the X-Putt Nano, an addition to the company’s product line that was first debuted at IAAPA 2012. The X-Putt Nano incorporates the same great features as the original X-Putt, but is over 50 percent smaller. The size of this unit makes it […]

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Seen at Pizza Expo

Seen at Pizza Expo

April 1, 2013 No Comments

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

March 25, 2013 No Comments

Extreme Engineering to Operate Zipline During Spring Break at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk    Extreme Engineering will be operating the award-winning and thrilling mobile Fly WireTM Zipline during Spring Break at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, March 23 through April 7, 2013. The company is a large supplier of climbing walls, ziplines, Extreme AirsTM and adventure […]

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It’s Not About Quality at Disney

March 20, 2013 6 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel I enjoy web-based industry discussion groups. They often contemplate topics that are near to my heart. A recent post asked if the quality at Disney World was going downhill. Let us take that topic global. It Is Not About Disney Instead of questioning the quality at any Disney park, we should […]

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Extreme Engineering to Operate Zipline During Spring Break at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

March 19, 2013 No Comments

Extreme Engineering will be operating the award winning and thrilling mobile Fly WireTM Zipline during Spring Break at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, March 23rd through April 7th 2013. The company is a large supplier of climbing walls, ziplines, Extreme AirsTM and adventure products. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, located in Santa Cruz, Calif., has been […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

March 18, 2013 No Comments

Redemption Plus Is Exclusive Supplier for XBowling, Two Innovative Companies Join Forces Redemption Plus, a leading provider of toys, tools and training for the amusement, educational, fundraising, and retail markets, has finalized an agreement with Sports Challenge Network to be the exclusive merchandise supplier for xbowling. xbowling brings unique features and innovations to bowling with […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Soft Play

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Aquaventronics

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Sureshot Redemption

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Penny Press

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

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.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Extreme Engineering

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Formula K Raceways

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Art Attack

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

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.

American Changer

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Knight Equipment

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tear Repair

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

Laser Star

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Store on Wheels

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

Perfect Fry

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Bulbtronics

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Spectrum Sports

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Rio Syrup

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Poly Products

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Embed

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Max Flight

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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