Archive for March, 2014

LaserTAG360 EVENT Coming Soon May 13-14, 2014

March 25, 2014 No Comments

Creative Works (www.theWOWeffect.com) will be having their eighth LaserTAG360 EVENT in Indianapolis on May 13-14, 2014.  Designed for family entertainment centers (FECs) and stand-alone sites, this educational seminar is focused on teaching the keys to adding a laser tag attraction to a new or existing entertainment facility. With 17 years of experience designing, building, operating […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

March 12, 2014 No Comments

Barron Games International Is a 2013 Bosa Winner Barron Game International’s Galaxy Collision Quad Air won a gold medal for best physical/sports game in the Bosa Awards. Be sure to stop by the company’s Booth #204 at the Amusement Expo, March 26-27, at the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the award-winning Quad Air. Wilderness […]

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Waves: Keeping the Fun Flowing for Families at Waterparks

Waves: Keeping the Fun Flowing for Families at Waterparks

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Karen Appold A trip to a waterpark should be fun for the entire family. With this in mind, waterparks design rides that the entire family can enjoy together. Pelican Harbor in Bolingbrook, Ill., which has about 125,000 visitors a year, has four water slides (two body and two tube slides) outdoors and two body […]

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Insurance Premiums
What Are the Effects of Claims?

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Larry Cossio In the last 34 years I have spoken to countless business owners about insurance.  One of the most common questions is, “Why is my insurance so expensive?” It is interesting how many people judge the quality of their insurance purely off its cost, with little regard given to the coverage their premium […]

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Getting the Biggest Bounce in 2014: <br/>Best New Inflatables

Getting the Biggest Bounce in 2014:
Best New Inflatables

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Sara G. Hodon With outdoor event season quickly approaching, party rental and amusement retailers are stocking their inventory with a brand new selection of inflatables to appeal to a wide range of customers. Inflatables are crowd pleasers for nearly every type of event, and at the same time, their continued popularity and customer demand […]

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Art + Culture 2.0
How Technology Is Changing the Museum Experience

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald They come armed with their smart phones and tablets. They’re a new generation of culture vultures who are more likely to Google, Instagram and Facebook their way through a museum than take a guided tour of the latest exhibition. That’s why for many museums around the world, technology has become an […]

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Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

March 1, 2014 No Comments

They’re creepy.  They’re kooky, mysterious and spooky.  They’re The Mountain’s® Halloween tees! Help increase your apparel sales for the Halloween season with high-quality, 100 percent cotton T-shirts from The Mountain®. These shirts are hand dyed and screen printed in the United States. You’ll have a variety of designs to choose from without a doubt! From […]

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Scary Fun for All
The 7 Floors of Hell Haunted Scream Park

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross Rodney Geffert has always loved Halloween and, in particular, haunted houses; as a high school student, he worked at several such attractions. Reluctant to explore other career options, Geffert eventually opened a haunt of his own and, with his wife Melinda, operated it in the Akron, Ohio area for eight years. […]

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Frostline® Frozen Treats Same Great Product with a New Look

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Frostline® Frozen Treats, a 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 trust the Frostline name for quality and taste. Offer delicious, […]

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More Tips for Reducing Food Waste at Zoos and Aquariums

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Create guidelines or implement a system to ensure that you only purchase what you need when you need it. This could include a “just-in-time” ordering system or a new purchasing policy. Look at production and handling practices and consider strategies for reducing prep waste including: improving knife skills of staff, purchasing pre-cut food, reducing batch […]

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Cost of Wisconson

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

Perfect Fry

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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.

Max Flight

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Spectrum Sports

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tear Repair

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Rio Syrup

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

Bulbtronics

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Brunswick Bowling

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Extreme Engineering

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Poly Products

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Knight Equipment

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Art Attack

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

Aquaventronics

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

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.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Soft Play

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

American Changer

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Penny Press

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Formula K Raceways

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
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Funovation
Empex Water Toys