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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.

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Wilderness Resort Adds Wild West-inspired Laser Tag Arena

What would the Wild Wild West be like if it had a LASER twist? Wilderness Resort’s newest attractions, an OK Corral-inspired Laser Tag Arena and Deputy Marshall Training-themed Laser Maze Challenge from Funovation, asks just that.  Now visitors can challenge their family and friends to a Western-style Laser Tag “showdown,” and see if they have the speed and agility to become a true Marshall.  Both attractions are included in a WILD Fun pass.

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For more information on Wilderness Resort’s new Laser Tag and Laser Maze Challenge Attractions visit: http://www.wildernessresort.com/attractions.


Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine Exclusive eNewsletter Feature

Best Practices for Keeping Foodservice Operations Running Smoothly (Part II)

Proper equipment selection, and new equipment acquisition where warranted, also makes for improved foodservice operations. Capacity and quantity of units should be carefully considered; if either or both are inadequate, delays in service will be inevitable. One rule of thumb: The higher the number of any machine a foodservice operation has, the lower the capacity necessary for each. A theme park that purchases eight ice cream machines for its café in order to feature a wider variety of flavors may not need units whose capacity is as high as one that is purchasing three to four machines. Similarly, high-capacity machines are a top choice for big amusement parks, zoos, aquariums and other venues that will probably want to produce certain items non-stop, with many servings sold in a short period of time.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo in Baton Rouge, La., opted for higher-capacity soft ice cream makers. Its rationale: Soft ice cream is its second best-moving dessert item, ranking second only to snow cones in popularity, reported Guest Services Manager Vicki Jones.

Some operators have found that acquiring multi-use equipment pays off in terms of preparation time savings. Ovens with a convection feature, steam and combination cooking capabilities represent an example of units that fall into this category. Equipment reliability merits attention as well. A Southeastern family entertainment center operator learned this lesson the hard way: she was so eager to add fried foods to her venue’s snack bar menu that she invested in the first fryers she saw. One of the units broke down twice in the first six months. While it was still under warranty, and no repair costs were incurred, the fact that it was out of commission took a toll on snack bar operations and, in turn, sales. “I should have asked around before I bought anything,” the operator said.

At minimum, check to ensure that obtaining replacement parts for broken equipment is an easy task. “Equipment is going to break, eventually,” said Joe Aboid, owner, Putt Putt Fun Center, Lynchburg, Va. “You need to be able to get parts fast if, not when, it happens.”

(See the February 17 TAP eNewsletter for Part I.)

 

 

 

 

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