Archive for 2013

A Question and Answer Interview with Tami Dean, General Manager, Ride Development Company (RDC)

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks:  What are current equipment trends in the bumper car industry? Tami Dean: Over the years, there has been a marked trend toward tube system bumper cars rather than the traditional dodgem electric cars. The tube cars are simply more durable and easier to maintain.  Recently, some owners and operators are asking […]

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A Strategy to Bump up Profits <br/>Bumper Cars Are a Winning Attraction for FECs

A Strategy to Bump up Profits
Bumper Cars Are a Winning Attraction for FECs

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Wow, have bumper cars come a long way. While you may still be able to ride in bumper cars that have long poles leading to an electric ceiling at some classic theme parks, the latest and greatest bumper cars don’t even have a steering wheel. These trendy, state-of-the-art bumper cars are bright, colorful, round, futuristic-looking […]

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Working the Angles <br/>Crowd-pleasing Tips from Family Entertainment Center Owners

Working the Angles
Crowd-pleasing Tips from Family Entertainment Center Owners

November 2, 2013 No Comments

With a mix of games, rides, and fast food, family entertainment centers have been a big draw for families, adults, and kids of all ages. But thriving in the current economy, and getting consumers to choose a family fun center over other entertainment options, can be a challenge. Across the nation, venues are still drawing […]

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Bingemans Chooses Brunswick Bowling for Area’s Largest Bowling Venue

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Bingemans, one of Southwestern Ontario’s most popular family entertainment centers, has opened the Kingpin Bowlounge, a 28-lane, 43,000-square-foot venue. The new addition is the largest bowling center in the Waterloo Region and features state-of-the-art Brunswick technology as well as a Playdium Game Center and the largest outdoor patio in the area. The location was founded […]

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Portland Mall Attraction Offers U.S. Bowling Corp. Equipment

Portland Mall Attraction Offers U.S. Bowling Corp. Equipment

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Twelve U.S. Bowling Corp.-supplied lanes are now open to patrons of the Pioneer Square Mall in Portland, Ore. at the Punchbowl Social attraction. The company also offers pinspotters, auto scoring, mini-bowling, bumper and gutter systems, video masking units, parts and supplies, ball rack and hood systems, lane machines, seating, tables and couches and more. (For […]

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Hosting the Big Bash

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Birthday parties. Corporate parties. Tournament parties. All are “strikes” in the eyes of bowling center owners and managers. Here, they discuss their biggest bash of the past year. To celebrate the grand opening of its center, Norcross, Ga.,-based Brunswick’s hosted 300 local VIPs for an exclusive preview event supporting Bert’s Big Adventure (a non-profit organization […]

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Bowling Centers: <br/>Boosting Profits from Parties and Events

Bowling Centers:
Boosting Profits from Parties and Events

November 2, 2013 No Comments

When hosting parties and events, bowling centers kick it up a notch, or two or three – offering a variety of package specials and oftentimes customization. Profits reflect their efforts. A popular party special at Laurel Lanes, in Port Angeles, Wash., is one lane, free shoes for two hours and a family size pizza for […]

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Night Lighting for Waterparks

Night Lighting for Waterparks

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Empex Watertoys recently introduced AQUALUZ, creative oscillating night lighting for waterparks. The Cronwell Platamon Resort in Greece was the first resort to install the product and the facility now experiences colorful night lighting that accents both the watertoys and play structures and the various spray effects. (For more information, visit www.watertoys.com, or call Wyeth Tracy […]

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Themed Water Playground

Themed Water Playground

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Empex Watertoys has introduced the AQUATRAC, a water playground themed to a race track. Complete with Aquaracers, creative interactive racing cars that shoot water by turning the steering wheel, the Aqatot pit crew and other interactive racing accessories, this area is bound to supply endless entertainment for amusement parks, waterparks, racetracks and resorts. (For more […]

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Waterpark Improvements <br/>The Picture for Post-season Work and Pre-season Planning

Waterpark Improvements
The Picture for Post-season Work and Pre-season Planning

November 2, 2013 No Comments

As the splashing ceases for the off-season at outdoor waterparks and operating hours taper to a weekend trickle at many indoor parks, it is time for park improvements and renovations and for ahead-of-season planning. At the top of the list for the Cliff’s Amusement Park’s Water Monkey’s Adventure in Albuquerque, N.M., is guest comfort, and […]

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