Archive for January, 2014

News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks

January 31, 2014 No Comments

Frostline® Frozen Treats: Same Great Product with a New Look Frostline® Frozen Treats, the leader in dry mix soft serve, has a brand new look, but you can still offer your customers great-tasting, guilt-free treats at a fraction of the cost of dairy alternatives. And with nearly 40 years of history in foodservice, you can […]

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UNIS Launches the Squirt A Gator Skill Game

UNIS Launches the Squirt A Gator Skill Game

January 30, 2014 No Comments

Following the popularity of Ducky Splash in 2013, UNIS has launched for 2014 the Squirt A Gator, a two-player skill game for kids and adults. This bright, fun and eye-catching machine is easy to install, as no plumbing is required. Squirt A Gator, while it could be seen as a Ducky Splash sequel, has an […]

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The Anatomy of Training Leaders

January 29, 2014 4 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Once again I am jumping on the training bandwagon; reminding our readers of the importance of training their leaders.  I want to explain the anatomy of a winning leadership class.  The perfect formula eluded me until about eight years ago, when I started reporting to a VP with a training philosophy […]

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Rtown Academy: A Tool to Help Boost Profitability

Rtown Academy: A Tool to Help Boost Profitability

January 9, 2014 No Comments

Redemption Plus® is launching Rtown AcademyTM (www.rtownacademy.com), its latest-generation online educational resource for the amusement industry, formerly known as Redemption University.  RtownTM will dive into common challenges and opportunities for bowling centers, family entertainment centers, amusement parks and other segments of the industry. It will also feature a forum to trade ideas and make valuable […]

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TRIOTECH Wins a Prestigious Brass Ring Award Ending a Year of Exceptional Growth

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Montréal-based TRIOTECH, a leader in the out-of-home multimedia interactive attractions industry, won a prestigious Brass Ring Award at the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. This award topped off a big year for TRIOTECH, which announced last September that it had signed a major deal with Canada’s Wonderland. Chosen as the winner in the “Best New Product […]

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Sacoa Playcard System Introduced New Products at IAAPA

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Sacoa introduced several new products at the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The products included: The HDT ColorShot reader. A full touch screen, HD color 3.5-inch display reader with visual effects, multiple images and multi-lingual messages in any alphabet. Online Sales for Mobiles. With Online Sales for Mobiles operators can start offering instant credit recharges to […]

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Agricultural Haunts
How a Baker, Fla., Farm Is Cultivating Scares

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross In the fall of 2012, Bill Barnhill turned a portion of his 1,500-acre farm in Baker, Fla., into a five-acre corn maze. The venture, executed under the umbrella of a partnership between Barnhill’s newly formed company, Baker-based Gum Creek Entertainment, and the Crestview Rotary Club, of which he is a member, […]

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Product Financing News: A Letter from Ben Jones

January 1, 2014 No Comments

I am very excited writing this as the newest member of the executive team at Live Oak Bank where I am part of a small group of specialized lenders who are starting a new niche lending division that will focus specifically on providing financing for FECs, small parks and attractions. As senior lender/FEC domain expert […]

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Becoming a Well-informed Insurance Buyer

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Bill Velin A well-designed business insurance program is essential when it comes to protecting your business from the many risks you face every day. It can provide you with an invaluable financial shield from losses, but only if you know what type of insurance to buy, how much to buy, and from whom to […]

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Keeping Children Safe in Bounce Houses: A Joint Effort

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Drew Tewksbury During two months in 2013 alone the media reported at least 10 Bounce House or Inflatable Amusement Rides nationwide that were toppled by wind or collapsed under the weight of too many kids.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission continues to estimate the number of injuries annually at over 6,000.  In just […]

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Sponsors

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Laser Star

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Perfect Fry

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

Knight Equipment

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Soft Play

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Rio Syrup

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Aquaventronics

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Tear Repair

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Penny Press

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Max Flight

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

American Changer

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Poly Products

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Art Attack

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Formula K Raceways

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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.

Store on Wheels

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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.

Embed

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

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.

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