Archive for 2014

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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Special 2014 Large Parks Preview

January 1, 2014 No Comments

by Chad Emerson As every new year rolls in, that means an entire year’s worth of highly anticipated new attractions at the industry’s large parks and resorts.  This year is no different as several of the amusement industry’s big players are slated to debut major rides aimed at driving attendance to record levels. This issue, […]

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Party Center Software Announces Staffing Changes and Purchases New Office Building

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Party Center Software hired Armando Lanuti as the director of sales in 2013.  Lanuti has more than a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, working in a number of capacities including operations, consulting, product development and sales management.  In his last role as the vice president of sales for Creative Works, he helped open […]

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Ripley’s Offers New Installations in Australia and New Zealand

Ripley’s Offers New Installations in Australia and New Zealand

January 1, 2014 No Comments

With new installations at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia and Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand, Funovation has been spending quite a bit of time Down Under lately. Surfers Paradise is the most recent Ripley’s location to offer Ripley’s Impossible LaseRace.  Rainbow Springs’ maze, located inside a 40-foot shipping container, is […]

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The Original “Trampoline Thing” Celebrates 20 Years of Fun

January 1, 2014 No Comments

A milestone has been reached for Rebound Unlimited, Inc., as it recognizes the 20th anniversary of The Trampoline Thing Bungee Trampoline. A celebration was held at the company’s 2013 Attractions Expo booth. The Trampoline Thing has always represented the standard in quality. The company also offers 24/7 technical support to its customers. All of the […]

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Sponsors

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Soft Play

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Formula K Raceways

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Penny Press

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Extreme Engineering

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

American Changer

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

Laser Star

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

Art Attack

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Spectrum Sports

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Perfect Fry

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Bulbtronics

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Aquaventronics

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Tear Repair

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Rio Syrup

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Poly Products

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

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.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Brunswick Bowling

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Embed

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

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.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Knight Equipment

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

Max Flight

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Store on Wheels

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys