Archive for 2014

November 2014

October 24, 2014 No Comments

The Large Park Report   Rides for Today, Rides for Tomorrow – What Is New and on the Horizon at the Nation’s Large Parks This story examines what was new in 2014 and what will come in 2015 at several of the nation’s large parks. Bonus Sidebar:  Six Flags Over Georgia to Debut New Rides […]

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Rides for Today, Rides for Tomorrow

Rides for Today, Rides for Tomorrow

October 24, 2014 No Comments

What Is New and on the Horizon at the Nation’s Large Parks   By Karen Appold When it comes to amusement park rides—the taller, the faster and the crazier—the better. The year 2014 saw some new rides built with these sought-after features in mind. So what thrills can guests anticipate in the New Year? And […]

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November 2014

October 24, 2014 No Comments

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See You at the Show

See You at the Show

October 22, 2014 No Comments

To commemorate the IAAPA Attractions Expo, the annual event that brings the amusement industry together for learning, networking, fun and buying, Tourist Attractions & Parks offers an issue full of good ideas to improve your operation in 16 articles and numerous smaller stories and sidebars. The Large Park Report leads off the edition with a […]

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Safe and Sound-Advice on Preventing Injuries and Accidents to Create a Secure Center

Safe and Sound-Advice on Preventing Injuries and Accidents to Create a Secure Center

October 22, 2014 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Keeping bowling center staff and customers safe starts with keeping an eye on the weather, according to Maria Giambrone, personnel and facility manager at Northern Lights Recreation in Harbor Springs, Mich. “We live in an area that has an average of 120 inches of snow annually,” she explained. “We use a […]

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Tips for Guest Comfort -Buying the Best Furnishings and Trash Cans

Tips for Guest Comfort -Buying the Best Furnishings and Trash Cans

October 22, 2014 No Comments

By Michael Sadowski Your guests may not think about the seating, trash cans or other furnishings at your miniature golf course or go-kart racing facility. But these elements can be the most important aspects of making sure the visitor experience remains the best you can possibly provide. And when it comes to making sure facilities […]

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Guests – Floor Covering Purchase and Maintenance Advice

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Guests – Floor Covering Purchase and Maintenance Advice

October 22, 2014 No Comments

By Genie Davis With so many wheels rolling across the carpet at roller skating centers, choosing the correct kind and color of carpet for floors and walls, as well as establishing sound maintenance techniques, are both important to keep skaters and operators happy. At Roller King Skating & Blading in Roseville, Calif., Manager and Owner […]

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Mixing it Up – How Laser Tag Centers Benefit from Additional Attractions

October 22, 2014 No Comments

For birthday parties and corporate teambuilding, laser tag is a winning choice. But is the light-speed sport a sufficient motivator for entire families to spend time (and money) at a center? Many laser tag centers are choosing to diversify, adding other attractions to draw customers who might not come otherwise—and to keep fans entertained while […]

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Menus that Hit a Sweet Note

Menus that Hit a Sweet Note

October 22, 2014 No Comments

Dessert and Coffee Best Practices At Cafe Play at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, the dessert menu is always a fine balance between pleasing the museum’s biggest customers and pleasing the parents who pay for their food. “We have a lot of families who come at dinner time, and so we try not to provide […]

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SeaWorld Celebrates a Second  Season in San Diego

SeaWorld Celebrates a Second Season in San Diego

October 22, 2014 No Comments

Inside the Wet and Wild World of Aquatica By Natalie Hope McDonald It took more than 500,000 gallons of water to create the Big Surf Shore, one of Southern California’s largest wave pools. It’s just one of the popular attractions at SeaWorld’s newest Aquatica waterpark in San Diego. Aquatica San Diego, like its sister parks […]

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Sponsors

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Perfect Fry

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Tear Repair

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Soft Play

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

American Changer

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

Aquaventronics

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Laser Star

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Spectrum Sports

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Extreme Engineering

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Art Attack

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Poly Products

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Store on Wheels

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Knight Equipment

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Sureshot Redemption

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

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.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Embed

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Max Flight

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Formula K Raceways

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Spectrum
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