Archive for January, 2014

Insurance Trends, and Tips to Ensure Success

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At celebrations ranging from smaller  backyard birthday parties to city-wide festivals, event planners entertain youth by ordering closed inflatable trampolines, including traditional bounce houses, bouncy obstacle courses, and other attractions. Owners of the rental companies that provide this equipment take numerous measures to ensure children’s safety, but wherever kids are playing, there is a risk […]

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Gold Medal Products Company: Behind the Golden Curtain

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Gold Medal’s equipment and supply innovations start with the simple goal to taste good and build businesses. It’s the reason why a small, family-owned company in Cincinnati, Ohio,  became the global leader of concession products and manufacturing.     The Dollars and Sense of Manufacturing When your focus is on manufacturing quality machines that last, […]

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Carnival Food Report <br/>If it’s Fried or On a Stick, <br/>the Fair Has It

Carnival Food Report
If it’s Fried or On a Stick,
the Fair Has It

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By David Wilkening So what’s new on your fair’s menu this year? Expect no end to the popularity of the familiar corn dog. Attendees are also expected to dig in again to the perennially popular funnel cakes. Healthy choices are always slim here  – though more often offered than ever perhaps – but anything fried […]

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Pressing Matters at Museums
Tips to Succeed with Penny Press Machines

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Penny press machines are a big draw for all family members, both as souvenirs and collectable items. These fun, interactive machines are a big hit with museum goers, and venues that use them view this attraction as a genuine crowd pleaser or in some cases, a draw to the museum in itself. At the National […]

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Trends in Ticketing
The Thinking Behind the Decisions

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By Scott Cronick Debit-card systems for arcades seem to be the way to go in large Family Fun Centers around the nation, but independent arcade vendors said the costly systems just don’t make sense for most of the locations they service. Although coin-operated machines dominate most arcades and small business with games, vendors said tokens […]

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Tool Helps Trampoline Parks, Skating Rinks and FECs Manage Multiple Varieties of Ticketing

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Entertainment facility solutions provider CenterEdge Software (www.centeredgesoftware.com) has announced the addition of an innovative new wristband feature to its full suite of technology solutions to help manage time-based capacity ticketing. The new feature was rolled-out during the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. “Facilities can now have one computer printing to multiple wristband printers, which can be […]

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The 31st Foundations Entertainment University (FEU) will be held February 25-27, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

The 31st Foundations Entertainment University (FEU) will be held February 25-27, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

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FEU celebrated its 10-year anniversary with the completion of class #30 in Kansas City, Mo., late last year. For a decade, FEU has provided attendees with hands-on learning and real world knowledge in a fun atmosphere along with networking opportunities and behind-the-scenes visits to local entertainment venues as part of the unique educational experience.

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GameALERT Demo Is Now Available Online

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TokensDirect has created an online version  of the GameALERT demonstration. GameALERT is a powerful tool for entertainment center management. For a very reasonable cost, it provides the information needed to increase game revenue as well as improve operating efficiency and improve guest service. (For more information, visit www.game-alert.com or call 800-514-6312.) 

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Flooring Product News

Flooring Product News

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Joy Carpets is the leader in specialty, patterned modular carpet for creative and eye-catching interiors. The company takes pride in providing industry-first floor coverings to family entertainment and amusement facilities worldwide. When creative, colorful and versatile flooring is required, look with confidence to Joy Carpets to satisfy your needs.  Remember, fun never goes out of […]

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The KangaTRAC Attached Cushion Is Available from Flagship Carpets

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Flagship Carpets’ KangaTRAC is a polyurethane backing system that is applied to the carpet during the manufacturing process and can extend the life and appearance of the carpet. The repeated pounding of constant traffic can leave its mark on carpet face fibers. KangaTRAC’s dense cushion gives the proper support to deflect traffic impact and helps carpet […]

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Sponsors

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.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Brunswick Bowling

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Perfect Fry

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Laser Star

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Knight Equipment

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Max Flight

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

Store on Wheels

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Poly Products

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Tear Repair

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

American Changer

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Rio Syrup

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Art Attack

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Spectrum Sports

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Embed

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

Extreme Engineering

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

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Bulbtronics

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

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.

Soft Play

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

Aquaventronics

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys