Archive for 2014

Pocket Vetoes Can Make You Crabby

September 19, 2014 4 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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Monkey Joe’s Chooses Party Center Software

July 28, 2014 No Comments

Monkey Joe’s, an inflatable play center franchise with more than 50 locations, has chosen Party Center Software as the new provider for POS, party booking and facility management solutions. The company is in the midst of the roll-out process, with a large number of locations already operating with this new software. Party Center Software provides […]

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Sponsors

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Store on Wheels

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Rio Syrup

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Spectrum Sports

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Laser Star

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

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.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Extreme Engineering

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Poly Products

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Embed

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Knight Equipment

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Bulbtronics

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

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.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Perfect Fry

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Aquaventronics

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

Max Flight

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Soft Play

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tear Repair

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Art Attack

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

American Changer

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Penny Press

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

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