Archive for 2014

Pressing Matters at Museums
Tips to Succeed with Penny Press Machines

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Penny press machines are a big draw for all family members, both as souvenirs and collectable items. These fun, interactive machines are a big hit with museum goers, and venues that use them view this attraction as a genuine crowd pleaser or in some cases, a draw to the museum in itself. At the National […]

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Trends in Ticketing
The Thinking Behind the Decisions

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Scott Cronick Debit-card systems for arcades seem to be the way to go in large Family Fun Centers around the nation, but independent arcade vendors said the costly systems just don’t make sense for most of the locations they service. Although coin-operated machines dominate most arcades and small business with games, vendors said tokens […]

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Tool Helps Trampoline Parks, Skating Rinks and FECs Manage Multiple Varieties of Ticketing

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Entertainment facility solutions provider CenterEdge Software (www.centeredgesoftware.com) has announced the addition of an innovative new wristband feature to its full suite of technology solutions to help manage time-based capacity ticketing. The new feature was rolled-out during the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. “Facilities can now have one computer printing to multiple wristband printers, which can be […]

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The 31st Foundations Entertainment University (FEU) will be held February 25-27, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

The 31st Foundations Entertainment University (FEU) will be held February 25-27, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

January 1, 2014 No Comments

FEU celebrated its 10-year anniversary with the completion of class #30 in Kansas City, Mo., late last year. For a decade, FEU has provided attendees with hands-on learning and real world knowledge in a fun atmosphere along with networking opportunities and behind-the-scenes visits to local entertainment venues as part of the unique educational experience.

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GameALERT Demo Is Now Available Online

January 1, 2014 No Comments

TokensDirect has created an online version  of the GameALERT demonstration. GameALERT is a powerful tool for entertainment center management. For a very reasonable cost, it provides the information needed to increase game revenue as well as improve operating efficiency and improve guest service. (For more information, visit www.game-alert.com or call 800-514-6312.) 

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Flooring Product News

Flooring Product News

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Joy Carpets is the leader in specialty, patterned modular carpet for creative and eye-catching interiors. The company takes pride in providing industry-first floor coverings to family entertainment and amusement facilities worldwide. When creative, colorful and versatile flooring is required, look with confidence to Joy Carpets to satisfy your needs.  Remember, fun never goes out of […]

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The KangaTRAC Attached Cushion Is Available from Flagship Carpets

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Flagship Carpets’ KangaTRAC is a polyurethane backing system that is applied to the carpet during the manufacturing process and can extend the life and appearance of the carpet. The repeated pounding of constant traffic can leave its mark on carpet face fibers. KangaTRAC’s dense cushion gives the proper support to deflect traffic impact and helps carpet […]

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Lazer Maze Challenge® Is Added at Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center

Lazer Maze Challenge® Is Added at Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Jonesville Lanes (L & J Lanes) in Jonesville, Mich., is the latest bowling center to add a Laser Maze Challenge® to their amusement offerings. Officially opened in October, 2013, L & J Lanes’ Laser Maze features Funovation’s Time Portal graphics, lighted door entry and newest innovation, Video Capture.  While a small footprint attraction, The Laser Maze Challenge® offers just […]

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A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Fort Frenzy Family Entertainment Center is bringing fun to Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The new facility is opening its new custom Earth Quest themed laser tag arena designed by Creative Works (www.thewoweffect.com), a turnkey attraction.  When players step into this unique arena, they leave their normal lives behind them and enter an alternate universe.  Players are […]

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Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Laser tag players young and old like to return to play again and again. That’s why many laser tag facilities implement membership or “frequent player” programs. With these programs, members can often track their game statistics, and even build their laser tag skills. “The most important aspect of the membership cards […]

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Sponsors

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Tear Repair

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

Max Flight

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Store on Wheels

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Soft Play

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Spectrum Sports

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

American Changer

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Knight Equipment

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Penny Press

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Poly Products

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

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.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Formula K Raceways

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Perfect Fry

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

Bulbtronics

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

Aquaventronics

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Cost of Wisconson

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Rio Syrup

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Embed

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

Art Attack

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Laser Star

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

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Funovation