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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Sponsors

Brunswick Bowling

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Formula K Raceways

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Perfect Fry

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Extreme Engineering

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Laser Star

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Poly Products

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Rio Syrup

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Store on Wheels

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Max Flight

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Embed

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Penny Press

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

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.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Tear Repair

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

Bulbtronics

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

American Changer

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Art Attack

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

Knight Equipment

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

Aquaventronics

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

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.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Soft Play

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

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