Archive for January, 2014

Lazer Maze Challenge® Is Added at Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center

Lazer Maze Challenge® Is Added at Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Jonesville Lanes (L & J Lanes) in Jonesville, Mich., is the latest bowling center to add a Laser Maze Challenge® to their amusement offerings. Officially opened in October, 2013, L & J Lanes’ Laser Maze features Funovation’s Time Portal graphics, lighted door entry and newest innovation, Video Capture.  While a small footprint attraction, The Laser Maze Challenge® offers just […]

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A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Fort Frenzy Family Entertainment Center is bringing fun to Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The new facility is opening its new custom Earth Quest themed laser tag arena designed by Creative Works (www.thewoweffect.com), a turnkey attraction.  When players step into this unique arena, they leave their normal lives behind them and enter an alternate universe.  Players are […]

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Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Laser tag players young and old like to return to play again and again. That’s why many laser tag facilities implement membership or “frequent player” programs. With these programs, members can often track their game statistics, and even build their laser tag skills. “The most important aspect of the membership cards […]

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Glowing Reviews<br/>The Lighting and Glow Product Picture at  Roller Skating Centers

Glowing Reviews
The Lighting and Glow Product Picture at Roller Skating Centers

January 1, 2014 No Comments

When explaining the popularity of the “glow phenomenon” at roller skating rinks, Nick Champa said it’s not exactly rocket science. “Have you ever seen what it looks like when someone waves a glow stick around in the dark?” asked Champa, owner of Champ’s Entertainment Complex in Lexington, Ky. “A glow stick will put a kid […]

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SplitShot Mini Golf: A New, Fun Modular Design Driven by Customer Need

SplitShot Mini Golf: A New, Fun Modular Design Driven by Customer Need

January 1, 2014 No Comments

SplitShot Mini Golf proves that design follows need. SplitShot creates more fun for each putt on the course according to Kreg Krupa, Adventure Golf Services account executive.  “Our potential buyers express their desire to purchase a low cost, portable miniature golf with more fun than other available models. “We sell many low cost miniature golf […]

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Two Essential Fun Food Attributes

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Sell the Same. Repeat visitors expect consistency and a high quality meal each visit. Make The Price Right. Meal costs should comfortably accommodate families and small groups.

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Fun Food Strategies for the Fun of It

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross While healthier fare continues to garner guests’ attention, staples like pizza and fun foods remain the most popular menu options at go-kart and mini-golf facilities. Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center in Batavia, Ill., definitely sells more salads and wraps, especially chicken wraps, than it did one or two years ago, noted Manager […]

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Rolling Toward Fun <br/>Strategies to Target the Adult Customer

Rolling Toward Fun
Strategies to Target the Adult Customer

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Marylou Fusco In our fast-paced, technology-heavy age bowling centers may seem like quaint throwbacks to a less sophisticated time. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Today’s bowling centers are not your parents’ bowling centers with their whitewashed walls and bad lighting. The current crop of bowling centers are still focused on […]

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The Ultimate Traveling Show <br/>Tips From and Trends For Successful Carnival Companies

The Ultimate Traveling Show
Tips From and Trends For Successful Carnival Companies

January 1, 2014 No Comments

It started out small in 1947 when Mannie and Melba Davis – along with Mannie’s parents Joe and Martha – leased their first five rides from the former Eyerly ride company in Salem, Ore. Building on those five rides, a family business was created, traveling along the West Coast from California to Texas for several […]

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Surf’s Up
How a One-of-a-Kind Attraction in New England
Could Change Tomorrow’s Waterparks

January 1, 2014 No Comments

by Natalie Hope McDonald It is not unusual to see thrill seekers leaping through the air at the SkyVenture indoor skydiving attraction in New Hampshire, but no one would have expected to see folks hanging ten in Nashua. That was until Rob and Laurie Greer came up with the concept for an indoor Surf Park, […]

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Sponsors

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Spectrum Sports

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Extreme Engineering

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

American Changer

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Poly Products

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Penny Press

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

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.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Formula K Raceways

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tear Repair

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Brunswick Bowling

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Knight Equipment

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

Art Attack

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

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.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Perfect Fry

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Embed

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

Laser Star

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

Aquaventronics

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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.

Soft Play

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Max Flight

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Stoelting
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Spectrum Sports
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Funovation
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