Archive for 2013

Quick-Coin Snacks <br/>Food and Beverage Vending at Zoos and Aquariums

Quick-Coin Snacks
Food and Beverage Vending at Zoos and Aquariums

February 10, 2013 No Comments

When you’re at a zoo or aquarium and hunger hits, it’s not always convenient to find a nearby food kiosk or concession stand, and if all you want is a quick snack or a bottle of water, waiting on line for 20 minutes or more can be tiresome, especially with children in tow. That’s why […]

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Tokens Direct Has New Conservation Token Designs in Stock

February 10, 2013 No Comments

TokensDirect has available new conservation token designs available from stock for faster shipment.  Ideal for use with “Quarters for Conservation” programs, these attractive tokens feature a penguin, a giraffe or a jaguar on the front with wording to direct them to vote for a conservation project on the back.  These standard designs can be minted […]

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After Dark Lights Up Interest for Universal Space (UNIS)

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Launched in Europe early this year at the EAG London, After Dark from Universal Space (UNIS) is a well-priced, top-of-the-range deluxe video machine with motion platform that is creating high interest. Aimed at young teens and above, this video game offers a fully functioning steering wheel, guns with motion and a motion platform (DLX version).  […]

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Barron Games Exhibits the X-Puttt Nano

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Barron Games International exhibited the X-Putt Nano at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., early this year. This is a new 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 […]

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Apple Industries Hires Industry Veteran Paul Jacobs as Vice President of International Sales

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Paul Jacobs has joined Apple Industries as vice president of International Sales and Marketing, where he will lead the company’s ongoing sales and marketing of its line of advanced Face Place digital photo booths to Europe, Asia and Latin America. “The presence of Paul Jacobs, whose leadership has been known and respected worldwide in our […]

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The Outlook for New Games
How Operators Are Facing Today’s Challenges

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The amusement and vending industry continues to go through changes and challenges. In the past few years, improving technology with home gaming systems, smoking bans in bars and taverns and population changes have forced operators to think outside their comfort zone to ensure their businesses’ survival. As owner of Antler Amusement Company in San Antonio, […]

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Finding the Best of the Best
Vendors that Keep Laser Tag Operations Humming

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The laser tag industry has some of the most political and confusing sales strategies in the entertainment world. I mentioned last year that there were some ways of dealing with the hype and pushing through to find what works best for your business. This year we’re going to spend some time dissecting what is really […]

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Insurance Trends at Family Entertainment Centers: <br/>Ensuring the Best Coverage

Insurance Trends at Family Entertainment Centers:
Ensuring the Best Coverage

February 10, 2013 No Comments

For those of entrepreneurial spirit, owning a business can be quite rewarding. Business owners enjoy many perks such as being their own boss, hiring their own team of workers and, hopefully, reaping the rewards of all their hard work. There are, however, risks involved when it comes to business ownership and entrepreneurs must make it […]

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Changing Lanes <br/> FECs Add Bowling for Profits and Guest Satisfaction

Changing Lanes
FECs Add Bowling for Profits and Guest Satisfaction

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Family Entertainment Centers around the nation are known for offering everything from go-karts to laser tag. But many companies are turning to one of the most traditional family activities to increase revenue: bowling. A main reason why Family Entertainment Centers believe bowling is a key to their future success is that so few new bowling […]

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A Simple Snack Solution
FEC Vending Machine Trends

February 10, 2013 No Comments

As more and more bowling centers increase their snack bar offerings or convert snack bars into full restaurants, managers and owners are keeping it basic when it comes to vending machines. There was a time when bowling centers featured a wide variety of vending machines, including food and drinks and even bowling supplies ranging from […]

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Sponsors

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Perfect Fry

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Max Flight

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Embed

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Soft Play

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Spectrum Sports

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

Laser Star

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Poly Products

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

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.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Bulbtronics

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

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.

Penny Press

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Tear Repair

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

Store on Wheels

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Formula K Raceways

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Art Attack

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Aquaventronics

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys