Archive for 2013

Remodeling for a Model Course
Top Signs a Miniature Golf Course Needs Work

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Though it is virtually impossible to change your location (portable courses exempted) it is very possible and often desirable to change your existing course.  Signs of a needed change are often easy to recognize. Here are just a few. The Obvious Signs: • Carpet that is worn and torn with separating seams and vanishing fibers. […]

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Four Go-kart Safe Operating Tips

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Schedule Success: Follow a regular inspection and maintenance routine. Get an Eyeful: Train employees, and require them, to watch the track at all times when in use. Stay Refreshed and Ready: Run monthly sessions in safe operating practices for the staff. Make it Worth the Wait: Show the guest queue a safety video.  

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Creating Quick Fun <br/>Trends in Go-kart Racing

Creating Quick Fun
Trends in Go-kart Racing

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Go-karts have become a key sales- and traffic-driver at many family entertainment centers, but for some, simply touting a go-kart attraction isn’t enough. Some players are upping the ante in the race to profitability, catering to guests’ need for speed with go-kart racing, and implementing strategies to ensure success. Suburban Oaks, Pa., located 18 miles […]

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Rolling with the Technological Changes
Innovations in New Bowling Centers

September 1, 2013 No Comments

It used to be that we had to keep track of our bowling scores with a short, stubby, yellow pencil and some quick math. Then, it became even easier, with automated scoring via computer system. Now, with the latest advancements in technology, bowling centers are equipped with state-of-the-art systems, making the bowling experience more efficient […]

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A Strike for Profits <br/>Strategies to Increase Revenues

A Strike for Profits
Strategies to Increase Revenues

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Many centers with bowling facilities offer the game and much more, such as equipment rental, arcade games and food. So what is the biggest revenue source for owners? A random survey of bowling centers shows the revenue picture is a mixed bag. Arcade games are the biggest profit source at PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center, in […]

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Where Staples and Specials Are on the Menu <br/>Waterpark Food Service Trends

Where Staples and Specials Are on the Menu
Waterpark Food Service Trends

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Some waterparks are finding that expanding the menu offerings with unique dishes increases both food sales and customer satisfaction. Still, traditional fun food menu items are in the forefront of the profit picture for these popular attractions. Deep River Waterpark in Crown Point, Ind., is a waterpark owned by the Lake County Parks and Recreation […]

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Flowing Toward Oceanic Education <br/>Coral World Ocean Park

Flowing Toward Oceanic Education
Coral World Ocean Park

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Those looking for a unique waterpark experience, one without the thrill rides and splash zones, can delight in the undersea world of Caribbean marine life at Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. “We have found that visitors to St. Thomas have become more interested in having real experiences,” explained Trudie Prior, general […]

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Made in the Shade
Darien Lake’s Shelter and Cabana Program

September 1, 2013 No Comments

When Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE) took over management of Darien Lake Theme Park Resort in 2011, one of the first things that stood out to them was the severe lack of shade. “We did have some trees and small umbrellas, but at times we could have up to 5,000 people in the park at once […]

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Keeping Up With the Current <br/> Waterpark Ride and Slide Trends

Keeping Up With the Current
Waterpark Ride and Slide Trends

September 1, 2013 No Comments

For scores of people looking for ways to beat the heat during those scorching hot summer days, waterparks offer a cool, refreshing and fun option. The heat is sure to deliver throngs of guests, but making sure they return time and again is up to the park management. Keeping up with the latest waterpark trends […]

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How Technology Is Changing the In-Park Guest Experience – First of Two Parts

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Since the inception of theme parks, one of the most frustrating experiences for guests has been waiting in line to enjoy a ride or show.  During peak periods, this wait can quickly turn from merely frustrating to almost unbearable as individuals wait for hours to experience what might be a five minute ride at most.  […]

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Sponsors

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Poly Products

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

Embed

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

Perfect Fry

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Rio Syrup

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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.

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.

Penny Press

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Laser Star

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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.

Bulbtronics

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

Aquaventronics

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Max Flight

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Extreme Engineering

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

American Changer

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Formula K Raceways

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tear Repair

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Art Attack

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Soft Play

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

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.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

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