Archive for 2014

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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The New Aqua Maze Is Available from  Amaze ‘N Mazes

The New Aqua Maze Is Available from Amaze ‘N Mazes

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Family water fun is available with the new Aqua Maze from Amaze ‘N Mazes. This attraction features no lines, high capacity, low costs, huge profits, operational ease with one attendant for thousands of guests and the interactive fun of showerheads, a water wall and spray elements. Plus, in cool weather, the maze can be used […]

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Betson to Open Office in Salt Lake City, Utah

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Betson Enterprises, the leading world-wide distributor of coin operated amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts and service, has recently announced they will be opening their 13th distribution office to be located in Salt Lake City, Utah scheduled to open in February 2014. “We see this region as a strong Family Entertainment market. We will […]

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Sponsors

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Poly Products

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

Max Flight

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Perfect Fry

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Aquaventronics

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Embed

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Extreme Engineering

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

American Changer

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Store on Wheels

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Family Fun Corp.

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

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.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Laser Star

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Rio Syrup

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

Penny Press

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Knight Equipment

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Formula K Raceways

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Bulbtronics

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Spectrum Sports

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

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.

Soft Play

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Brunswick Bowling

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Tear Repair

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Art Attack

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Johnny Rockets
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Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys