Archive for 2014

The WOO Factor – Using Windows of Opportunity

June 19, 2014 4 Comments

  By Allen F. Weitzel   I am back!  I took time away to have two full knee replacements.  After forty-plus years of playing racquetball, performing western stunt shows/gunfights, and “climbing amusement park iron,” my knees and doctor said it was time for repair work.   The Idea   Following surgery, many folks asked why […]

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Inspect What You Expect

May 19, 2014 8 Comments

  By Allen F. Weitzel   This past holiday season, my wife and I visited an amusement facility that I previously managed.  The attraction advertised a display of artist-decorated holiday trees throughout the facility.  It was a night event featuring the trees, lights and decorations.   The Visit   I knew some of staff working […]

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Global Restaurant Brand Johnny Rockets Announces Expansion into Hawaii and Guam

Global Restaurant Brand Johnny Rockets Announces Expansion into Hawaii and Guam

April 14, 2014 No Comments

An area development agreement has been signed with Johnny Rockets and Fun Foods LLC to bring Johnny Rockets restaurants to Hawaii and Guam. Fun Foods LLC is a sister company of the Fernandez Entertainment group of companies that include E. K. Fernandez Shows, Inc., and Fun Factory, Inc.  These companies have been creating meaningful memories […]

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You, Your Employees and Guests

April 8, 2014 4 Comments

  By Allen F. Weitzel     This is an interesting topic, sent in by a reader.  How does a manager support employees during a guest complaint?   Let us sort this out.   The Primary Issue First, consider the primary issue.  The customer is not always right, but they are the reason why you are […]

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Correction

April 4, 2014 No Comments

Here is the correct 2014 Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide listing for The Mountain: THE MOUNTAIN 59 Optical Ave. Keene, NH  03431 (800) 545-9684 sales@themountain.com wholesale.the mountain.com One-hundred percent cotton tees, hand-dyed and screen printed by the most skilled artisans within the trade. A perfect tee for everyBody!

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Funovation® Completes New Projects

April 4, 2014 No Comments

Funovation® has completed two new projects in partnership with KidZania. At KidZania Santa Fe, in Mexico City, kids work their way through a Laser Maze at an archeological dig site on their way to uncovering lost artifacts and treasures.   At KidZania Monterrey, players must work their way through a Laser Maze that is part of […]

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LaserTAG360 EVENT Coming Soon May 13-14, 2014

March 25, 2014 No Comments

Creative Works (www.theWOWeffect.com) will be having their eighth LaserTAG360 EVENT in Indianapolis on May 13-14, 2014.  Designed for family entertainment centers (FECs) and stand-alone sites, this educational seminar is focused on teaching the keys to adding a laser tag attraction to a new or existing entertainment facility. With 17 years of experience designing, building, operating […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

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 […]

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Waves: Keeping the Fun Flowing for Families at Waterparks

Waves: Keeping the Fun Flowing for Families at Waterparks

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Karen Appold A trip to a waterpark should be fun for the entire family. With this in mind, waterparks design rides that the entire family can enjoy together. Pelican Harbor in Bolingbrook, Ill., which has about 125,000 visitors a year, has four water slides (two body and two tube slides) outdoors and two body […]

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Insurance Premiums
What Are the Effects of Claims?

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Larry Cossio In the last 34 years I have spoken to countless business owners about insurance.  One of the most common questions is, “Why is my insurance so expensive?” It is interesting how many people judge the quality of their insurance purely off its cost, with little regard given to the coverage their premium […]

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Sponsors

Poly Products

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Penny Press

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

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.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Soft Play

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Family Fun Corp.

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Aquaventronics

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Rio Syrup

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Extreme Engineering

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Perfect Fry

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Embed

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Max Flight

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Art Attack

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Formula K Raceways

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Bulbtronics

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

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.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Knight Equipment

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

Laser Star

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

American Changer

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Tear Repair

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

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