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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 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.


For more information on Wilderness Resort’s new Laser Tag and Laser Maze Challenge Attractions visit:

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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Sureshot Redemption

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Cost of Wisconson

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


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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Soft Play

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.


Laser maze challenge

Brunswick Bowling

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Tear Repair

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


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


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

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