Archive for 2013

ADA Compliance Report <br/>Inclusion and the Waterpark Experience

ADA Compliance Report
Inclusion and the Waterpark Experience

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Waterparks around the country are constantly doing their best to comply with federal and state regulations on a daily basis. But there is one set of regulations that waterparks try to accommodate even before they become official: those set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are many ADA requirements that cover everything from entrances […]

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Making Room for the Value Customer at Universal Orlando

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Since opening in 1990, Universal Orlando has largely been playing catch-up to its theme park neighbor just down Interstate 4.  Much of Disney World’s attendance lead has resulted from the fact that it had a nearly two decade head start in opening and many more acres available to develop. Indeed, for many amusement industry observers, […]

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ASD Launches New Show

February 10, 2013 No Comments

ASD has announced the launch of the Miami Wholesale Expo at the Miami Airport Convention Center in Florida. The show is slated for September 30 through October 2, 2013. This event was created in response to market demand for a wholesale merchandise event for vendors specializing in fashion accessories, travel/leisure products, health and beauty items, […]

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The Industry Loses Former BPAA CEO Don Harris

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Don Harris, former executive director of the BPAA,  passed away December 23, 2012, from complications of a stroke.  He was 60.  He headed the BPAA from January 1996 through September 1999, a time during which he breathed new life into International Bowl Expo, making it a premier bowing industry event.

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Keith Bax Joins National Ticket Company

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Keith Bax has been named vice president of Sales and Marketing for National Ticket Company. A former vice president of Marketing for Research Data, Inc. and Conquest Graphics, he brings a wealth of marketing, business analysis and complex solutions development experience to his new role.

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Digital Centre America Offers Cutting Edge Products

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Digital Centre has the new software Expression with QR-Photo technology and Share Secure. The new software Expression comes with the QR Technology that allows the QR-Photo, QR-ID and the Share Secure. QR-Photo has an exclusive and unique QR Code to each print to get photos anytime from any Smartphone or DC PhotoBooth. QR-ID is an […]

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Amaze’n Mazes to Install Second International Aqua Maze Project

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Colorado-based Amaze’n Mazes has finalized plans for a second international aqua maze, to open in St. Kitts in late March or early April, at SaddleHill Adventure Park.  The first aqua maze in the world opened June 2012 in Bessemer, Ala., and the first international aqua maze opened in November in Dunsborough, Australia.

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Gold Medal Purchases New Building

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Experiencing double-digit sales growth and preparing for the aggressive pursuit of new opportunities, world-wide concession leader Gold Medal has purchased a 42,000-square-foot building in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Buying Outside the Box

February 10, 2013 No Comments

For the February/March issue each year, we bring you the Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide. The listing is a chance to get familiarized with all of the top vendors in the industry, and highlights the companies that are advertisers in the issue with all of their contact information. This year’s edition has been streamlined, and we […]

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Simple, Clear and Concise: Finding the Communication that Works

February 5, 2013 9 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel No one can argue that clear information and communication are critical to running a successful facility. Everyone has to be on the same page to make the operation run seamlessly. However, how do you find one level of communication that works with the many different levels of your workers? Where To […]

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Sponsors

Cost of Wisconson

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Store on Wheels

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Extreme Engineering

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Embed

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

Laser Star

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Spectrum Sports

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

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.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Max Flight

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Art Attack

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

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.

Bulbtronics

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Perfect Fry

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Poly Products

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

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.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

American Changer

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

Aquaventronics

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Tear Repair

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Rio Syrup

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys