Archive for 2014

Art + Culture 2.0
How Technology Is Changing the Museum Experience

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald They come armed with their smart phones and tablets. They’re a new generation of culture vultures who are more likely to Google, Instagram and Facebook their way through a museum than take a guided tour of the latest exhibition. That’s why for many museums around the world, technology has become an […]

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Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

March 1, 2014 No Comments

They’re creepy.  They’re kooky, mysterious and spooky.  They’re The Mountain’s® Halloween tees! Help increase your apparel sales for the Halloween season with high-quality, 100 percent cotton T-shirts from The Mountain®. These shirts are hand dyed and screen printed in the United States. You’ll have a variety of designs to choose from without a doubt! From […]

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Scary Fun for All
The 7 Floors of Hell Haunted Scream Park

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross Rodney Geffert has always loved Halloween and, in particular, haunted houses; as a high school student, he worked at several such attractions. Reluctant to explore other career options, Geffert eventually opened a haunt of his own and, with his wife Melinda, operated it in the Akron, Ohio area for eight years. […]

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Frostline® Frozen Treats Same Great Product with a New Look

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Frostline® Frozen Treats, a leader in dry mix soft serve, has a brand new look, but you can still offer your customers great-tasting, guilt-free treats at a fraction of the cost of dairy alternatives. And with nearly 40 years of history in foodservice, you can trust the Frostline name for quality and taste. Offer delicious, […]

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More Tips for Reducing Food Waste at Zoos and Aquariums

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Create guidelines or implement a system to ensure that you only purchase what you need when you need it. This could include a “just-in-time” ordering system or a new purchasing policy. Look at production and handling practices and consider strategies for reducing prep waste including: improving knife skills of staff, purchasing pre-cut food, reducing batch […]

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Waste Not, Want Not
How Zoos and Aquariums Are Reducing Food Waste

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross Spurred by spiraling ingredient costs and a desire to be more environmentally responsible, zoos and aquariums are striving to minimize food waste by visitors and also behind the scenes. “It’s definitely an issue we have to address,” said Vicki Jones, whose responsibilities as guest services manager for BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, […]

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Trends on the Horizon
What’s ahead for vending machines that sell food items?

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Don Delaney, president, AYSV Food Services, Erlanger, Ky., said more and more companies are using the latest technologies. For instance, Sure-Vend technology will sense if a food item doesn’t fall and will try to turn the item further so it falls, or will refund the customer’s money. “People can get upset and shake a machine […]

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Food Vending Machine Report
Tips to Sell More Meals, Snacks and Beverages

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Karen Appold So what’s new on your fair’s menu this year? Expect no end to the popularity of the familiar corn dog. Food vending machines can be a good choice for hurried customers or individuals with few other onsite food choices. How can vending operators boost sales from these devices? Mike Digilio, director of […]

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Today’s Top Trends

March 1, 2014 No Comments

 By Scott C. Borowsky and Frank Seninsky Looking for and tracking the ups, downs and sideways movements of collected information and data can identify what is referred to as a trend or a pattern. A trend is also what is popular at a certain point in time. The following are trends that we have noticed […]

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Spotlight on the Coin-op Industry
A Question and Answer Interview with TRIOTECH

March 1, 2014 No Comments

The coin-op industry remains important for TRIOTECH. It is where the company made its debut and still represents a solid portion of its revenues. Some of the company’s most tenured and loyal customers are in this segment. This is why TRIOTECH is still a member of the key industry associations and attends shows such as […]

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Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Art Attack

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Aquaventronics

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Tear Repair

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Laser Star

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

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.

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.

Max Flight

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Knight Equipment

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

American Changer

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Sureshot Redemption

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Soft Play

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Poly Products

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Rio Syrup

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Bulbtronics

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Formula K Raceways

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Penny Press

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

Perfect Fry

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

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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys