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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Embed

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

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.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Rio Syrup

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

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.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Max Flight

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Knight Equipment

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Extreme Engineering

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

Art Attack

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Poly Products

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

American Changer

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Penny Press

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

Laser Star

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Cost of Wisconson

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Spectrum Sports

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

Store on Wheels

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAI
American Conference