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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Laser Star

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Perfect Fry

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

Knight Equipment

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Soft Play

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Rio Syrup

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

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.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Tear Repair

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Penny Press

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Max Flight

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

American Changer

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Poly Products

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Art Attack

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Formula K Raceways

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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.

Store on Wheels

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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.

Embed

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Johnny Rockets
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