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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Extreme Engineering

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

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American Changer

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GloCones

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Barron Games

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Mazes for every location, new and used.

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Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

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Cost of Wisconson

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

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

Tube Pro

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Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Art Attack

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Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

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Ticket dispensers.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

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.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

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Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Empex Water Toys

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Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Penny Press

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Spectrum Sports

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Poly Products

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Food programs and food service equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Store on Wheels

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

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.

Perfect Fry

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Soft Play

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Max Flight

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Aquaventronics

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Rio Syrup

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

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.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Family Fun Corp.

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

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Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

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