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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Perfect Fry

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Bulbtronics

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Store on Wheels

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Laser Star

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Aquaventronics

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Max Flight

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Knight Equipment

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Embed

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Poly Products

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

American Changer

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Extreme Engineering

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Penny Press

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Soft Play

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Tear Repair

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Art Attack

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

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.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Formula K Raceways

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

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.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

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.

Rio Syrup

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys