Archive for 2014

Word-of-Mouth Advertising: The Drawbacks

March 1, 2014 No Comments

“You reach a bigger audience when you go outside of your own circle. When you don’t, the size of your audience is limited to people who are already customers.” – Karen Kleber, manager, East Windsor Bowling and Recreation Center “I believe that a customer is more willing to express a bad experience than a good […]

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Connecting with Customers  <br/>Best Promotional Strategies

Connecting with Customers
Best Promotional Strategies

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Holden Slattery The focus of the bowling industry’s marketing efforts is shifting away from print advertisements and mailed coupons and toward e-mail marketing, website content, and social media activity. What has not changed is the towering level of importance that bowling center owners place on providing great customer service and creating a fun atmosphere. […]

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Rides that Offer the Most Family Fun

Rides that Offer the Most Family Fun

March 1, 2014 No Comments

All rides are fun, but which one stands out as the all-time favorite at waterparks around the country? At Big Surf Waterpark, the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool is fun for everyone. “For 44 summers, families have enjoyed this great wave pool in a variety of ways including body surfing, rafting, boogie boarding and even surfing,” […]

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Keeping the Fun Flowing for Families at Waterparks

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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Special 2014 Large Parks Preview

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Over the last two decades, the domestic large park industry has largely stalled in terms of building new theme parks.  While there are several exceptions like the 1999 opening of Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, domestic large park expansion has primarily been limited to mini-parks inside existing parks (think Universal’s Wizarding […]

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Paul Jacobs Joins Gold Standard Games/Shelti

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Gold Standard Games/Shelti has announced the appointment of Paul Jacobs to the position of Vice  President, Sales and Marketing.  Jacobs will oversee the sales and marketing of Gold Standard Games’ full line of pool tables, air hockey tables, foosballs and dart machines for both the coin-op and home markets.  Jacobs will be assisted by the […]

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Funovation Adds Guatemala to International Locations

Funovation Adds Guatemala to International Locations

March 1, 2014 No Comments

With the installation of the Laser Maze Challenge® at Divermax inside the SanKris Mall, Funovation is proud to add Guatemala to the list of countries where it is creating smiles. The unique shape of the maze is sure to challenge even the most seasoned player and is even more fun for friends playing together, according […]

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News Flash on Micro Markets

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Betson Enterprises Announces Distribution Agreement with Three Square Market Betson Enterprises, a leading world-wide distributor of coin operated amusement and vending equipment and coin operated parts and service, has announced that a distribution agreement has been reached with Three Square Market, a leading provider and innovator of micro market technology. As an authorized distributor, Betson will […]

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Harris Miniature Golf Allows Owners to Offer Fresh Themes

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Whether it’s a prehistoric world full of dinosaurs or a deserted island with shipwrecks and jungle creatures, Harris Miniature Golf builds themed courses that give resort-area owners the edge over their competitors. With a top-quality, landscaped attraction as the foundation, these courses are designed for owners who want to change themes periodically, even for holidays […]

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Daring to Be the Best

March 1, 2014 No Comments

For each February/March edition, the magazine recognizes the top vendors in the industry with listings in the Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide. We hope the guide will inspire you to pursue more information about these companies online. In addition to their ads, advertisers in this issue are listed in the guide with phone numbers and websites […]

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Sponsors

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Extreme Engineering

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

Knight Equipment

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

American Changer

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Embed

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

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.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Spectrum Sports

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

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.

Art Attack

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

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Rio Syrup

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Penny Press

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

Laser Star

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Max Flight

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Store on Wheels

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAI
American Conference