Archive for 2014

Palace Entertainment Announces Sale of 14 Family Entertainment Centers and Waterpark in Deal with Apex Parks Group

October 7, 2014 No Comments

Festival Fun Parks, LLC dba Palace Entertainment announced recently that it has completed the sale of 14 family entertainment centers and one waterpark to Apex Parks Group. The 14 family entertainment centers sold include park locations of Boomers!, Malibu Grand Prix, Mountasia and SpeedZone. All four brands focus on family fun that is close to […]

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Pocket Vetoes Can Make You Crabby

September 19, 2014 6 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel My first amusement park assignment was at a western park in California.  I learned many lessons as my management experience grew, one involving the power of employee pocket vetoes. Pocket Veto Distinctions A pocket veto is a way for an employee to disagree with or fails to complete a specific directive […]

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September/October 2014

August 20, 2014 No Comments

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Waves: Getting Guests to Wade into a Story

Waves: Getting Guests to Wade into a Story

August 19, 2014 No Comments

Great Ideas for Waterpark Theming By Karen Appold Waterparks offer hours of fun for their guests. By incorporating a theme into a waterpark, you can increase the fun factor and enhance the appeal. Themes can be extended to a park’s name, names of rides, décor, food items and more. Big Surf Waterpark, in Tempe, Ariz., […]

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September/October 2014

August 19, 2014 No Comments

 THE LARGE PARK REPORT Universal Studio’s Summer Coup – The Immersive Design of Diagon Alley Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley made a big summer splash at Universal Orlando. WAVES: A SPECIAL REPORT Getting Guests to Wade into a Story – Great Ideas for Waterpark Theming Waterpark theming can increase the fun factor and enhance the appeal of […]

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The Profiles in Excellence Issue

August 19, 2014 No Comments

Each fall you can open the pages of Tourist Attractions & Parks to find a new crop of company profiles. These small stories, dubbed Profiles in Excellence, can open you to big success. The section offers informational snapshots of some of the top vendors in the industry, companies that are also advertisers in this issue. […]

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Dole® Soft Serve Is Ideal for Patrons with Dietary Restrictions

August 3, 2014 No Comments

Dole® Soft Serve is a dairy-free treat bursting with five unique fruit flavors including pineapple, orange, strawberry, raspberry and mango. Dole Soft Serve allows operators to satisfy the cravings of patrons with dietary restrictions by serving up a treat that’s creamier than sorbet and lacking the tart taste of frozen yogurt. According to a Milward […]

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Comic-Con® International 2014 Showcases Mobile Zipline by Extreme Engineering

July 31, 2014 No Comments

At the 2014 Comic-Con® in San Diego, Calif., comic book and super hero fans across the globe enjoyed ziplining across Gotham City™ on Extreme Engineering’s Fly Wire™ Zipline. The version at Comic-Con® was themed to be part of Batman’s® hometown, Gotham City™, and it allowed the mayor of San Diego and the complete cast of […]

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Gage Bowls Adds Laser Maze Challenge and New Bowling Lanes

July 30, 2014 No Comments

Along with new bowling lanes, Gage Bowls in Topeka, Kansas, in partnership with Arcade Games and Vending, has added a Vault-themed Laser Maze Challenge® to their growing list of attractions. In addition to the new Laser Maze Challenge®, Gage Bowls offered free summer bowling for kids as part of the Kids Bowl Free registration program. […]

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Foundations Entertainment University Is Offering New One-Day Lite Workshop 
on August 19 in Atlanta, Georgia

July 28, 2014 No Comments

A special one-day Foundations Entertainment University Lite will be held August 19, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia, just prior to Birthday University’s two-day Master Degree Program. The one-day program will encompass a more focused look at the aspects of planning, designing, developing and operating a location-based entertainment business or family entertainment center (FEC) for long-term success. […]

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Sponsors

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Rio Syrup

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Spectrum Sports

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Store on Wheels

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Extreme Engineering

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Sureshot Redemption

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Poly Products

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

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.

American Changer

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Penny Press

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Max Flight

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Soft Play

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Perfect Fry

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Art Attack

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Aquaventronics

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

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.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tear Repair

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable 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.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Laser Star

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Knight Equipment

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Stoelting
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