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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Perfect Fry

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

Poly Products

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Store on Wheels

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Max Flight

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

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.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Bulbtronics

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Laser Star

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Art Attack

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Formula K Raceways

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Knight Equipment

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Tear Repair

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

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.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sureshot Redemption

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

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.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

American Changer

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Penny Press

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Family Fun Corp.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Soft Play

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Extreme Engineering

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Spectrum Sports

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

Aquaventronics

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Brunswick Bowling

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

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