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

Safe and Sound

October 22, 2014 No Comments

Advice on Preventing Injuries and Accidents to Create a Secure Center 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 […]

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Tips for Guest Comfort

Tips for Guest Comfort

October 22, 2014 No Comments

Buying the Best Furnishings and Trash Cans 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 […]

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Guests

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Guests

October 22, 2014 No Comments

Floor Covering Purchase and Maintenance Advice 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 […]

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Mixing it Up

October 22, 2014 No Comments

How Laser Tag Centers Benefit from Additional Attractions 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 […]

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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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Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Perfect Fry

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Sureshot Redemption

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Soft Play

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

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.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service 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.

Rio Syrup

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

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.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Art Attack

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Spectrum Sports

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Laser Star

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Formula K Raceways

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

American Changer

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Poly Products

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Max Flight

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

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.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Aquaventronics

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

Store on Wheels

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tear Repair

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Knight Equipment

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

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.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

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