Archive for 2014

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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Getting the Biggest Bounce in 2014: <br/>Best New Inflatables

Getting the Biggest Bounce in 2014:
Best New Inflatables

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Sara G. Hodon With outdoor event season quickly approaching, party rental and amusement retailers are stocking their inventory with a brand new selection of inflatables to appeal to a wide range of customers. Inflatables are crowd pleasers for nearly every type of event, and at the same time, their continued popularity and customer demand […]

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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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Sponsors

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Formula K Raceways

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Aquaventronics

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

Tear Repair

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Art Attack

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Extreme Engineering

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Soft Play

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Laser Star

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Poly Products

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Knight Equipment

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Embed

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Store on Wheels

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Bulbtronics

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Spectrum Sports

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Rio Syrup

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Penny Press

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

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.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Cost of Wisconson

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

American Changer

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sureshot Redemption

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Perfect Fry

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Max Flight

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

Spectrum
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