Archive for 2013

The Shake Shoppe Arcade <br/> A Summer Success Story that is Just the Start

The Shake Shoppe Arcade
A Summer Success Story that is Just the Start

November 1, 2013 No Comments

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey shoreline hard, causing $30 billion worth of losses to area businesses; damaging or destroying 346,000 homes; inciting massive power outages and killing 37 people. Among businesses lost in the storm was the 6,000-square-foot Big Top Arcade in Seaside Heights, which had been a fixture on […]


Special Technology Feature
The Dangers of Technology-First Ride Design
Second of Two Parts

November 1, 2013 No Comments

One of the most intriguing aspects to wandering the vast halls of the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo is finding the latest “hot” products and “it” technologies.  Almost invariably, you’ll find something unique and interesting each year (hint:  just follow the Imagineers or Universal Creative employees around to see what catches their attention.) Several years ago, […]

Greece’s Cronwell Platamon Resort Adds Empex Water Playground

Greece’s Cronwell Platamon Resort Adds Empex Water Playground

November 1, 2013 No Comments

Empex Watertoys® has completed a new children’s waterpark at the Cronwell Group’s Platamon Resort in Greece. With a dynamic colorful Aquadek structure as the centerpiece and interactive watertoys and play features surrounding it, the area has transformed an existing hotel into a destination resort for tourists. To increase the time available for water play, colorful […]

Spaworld Osaka adds Empex Custom Water Features

Spaworld Osaka adds Empex Custom Water Features

November 1, 2013 No Comments

Spaworld Osaka in Japan has added a water playground by Empex Watertoys. The custom Aquadek with slides surrounded by interactive Empex water features has added a new colorful dimension to an existing indoor aquatic center. Empex provides expertise to the local architectural firms in Japan to create interactive water enjoyment for young families. (For more […]

Leslie Hutcheson Joins IAAPA as New FEC Programs Manager

Leslie Hutcheson Joins IAAPA as New FEC Programs Manager

November 1, 2013 No Comments

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has welcomed new staff member Leslie Hutcheson to its global headquarters staff in Alexandria, Va. Hutcheson joins IAAPA as manager of family entertainment center (FEC) programs. In this role, she will serve as the primary contact for the association’s FEC members and will develop programs, products […]

Jane Farrell Turf & Carpets, Inc. Appoints Vice President of Sales and Product Development

Jane Farrell Turf & Carpets, Inc. Appoints Vice President of Sales and Product Development

November 1, 2013 No Comments

Jane Farrell Turf & Carpets, Inc., of Dalton, Ga., has appointed Wes Wimpy to the post of vice president sales and product development. Wimpy joined the company in May and will be responsible for customer communications and developing new products in both artificial turf and commercial carpets.  He will introduce new carpet choices at November’s […]


Party Center Software Announces the Online Waiver Center

November 1, 2013 No Comments

Party Center Software is staged to release their next big module for their software suite:  the  Online Waiver Center.  This new feature, expected to be available by the IAAPA Attractions Expo this month, will provide facilities with the ability to have their customers sign liability waivers online and store waivers for future use.  Gone are […]

Valleyfair Purchases New Auto Ride from Gould Manufacturing

Valleyfair Purchases New Auto Ride from Gould Manufacturing

November 1, 2013 No Comments

After 36 years of heavy use, Valleyfair Park in Minnesota is replacing the original Antique Auto Ride purchased from Gould Manufacturing in 1976. The new ride will debut on the park’s May 12, 2014 opening day. The auto ride has been so popular that the park decided to build an entirely new track in a […]

Extreme Engineering Outfits Disneyland’s ESPN Zone with a Climbing Wall

Extreme Engineering Outfits Disneyland’s ESPN Zone with a Climbing Wall

November 1, 2013 No Comments

Extreme Engineering, a large supplier of zip lines, climbing walls, Extreme Airs™ and adventure products, was scheduled to outfit Disneyland’s ESPN Zone in Anaheim, Calif., with a new climbing wall. “We have been working with Disney and their great team at ESPN Zone to enhance the arcade area with an Extreme Engineering climbing wall.  The […]


CenterEdge Software and EMBED Team Up for Joint Ticketing and Cashless Payment Solution

November 1, 2013 No Comments

Entertainment Facility Solution Features Ticketing, Online Sales, Integrated Labor Control, Capacity Management and Cashless Operation of Games and Attractions Entertainment facility solutions provider CenterEdge Software has announced a joint ticketing and sales solution in cooperation with EMBED, a worldwide supplier of revenue management systems for the amusement, gaming, entertainment and leisure industries. The solution taps […]

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Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Soft Play

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

Laser Star

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.


Fresh food and sandwich options.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Rio Syrup

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

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.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

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.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Knight Equipment

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics


Manufacturer of waterslides

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.


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.

Perfect Fry

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Poly Products

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.


Laser maze challenge

Spectrum Sports

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.


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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Art Attack

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Formula K Raceways

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Penny Press

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.


Evaporative snow systems.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tear Repair

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

Extreme Engineering

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

American Changer

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


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.


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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.


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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Max Flight

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.