Archive for 2014

Trends in Ticketing
The Thinking Behind the Decisions

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Scott Cronick Debit-card systems for arcades seem to be the way to go in large Family Fun Centers around the nation, but independent arcade vendors said the costly systems just don’t make sense for most of the locations they service. Although coin-operated machines dominate most arcades and small business with games, vendors said tokens […]

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Tool Helps Trampoline Parks, Skating Rinks and FECs Manage Multiple Varieties of Ticketing

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Entertainment facility solutions provider CenterEdge Software (www.centeredgesoftware.com) has announced the addition of an innovative new wristband feature to its full suite of technology solutions to help manage time-based capacity ticketing. The new feature was rolled-out during the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. “Facilities can now have one computer printing to multiple wristband printers, which can be […]

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The 31st Foundations Entertainment University (FEU) will be held February 25-27, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

The 31st Foundations Entertainment University (FEU) will be held February 25-27, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

January 1, 2014 No Comments

FEU celebrated its 10-year anniversary with the completion of class #30 in Kansas City, Mo., late last year. For a decade, FEU has provided attendees with hands-on learning and real world knowledge in a fun atmosphere along with networking opportunities and behind-the-scenes visits to local entertainment venues as part of the unique educational experience.

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GameALERT Demo Is Now Available Online

January 1, 2014 No Comments

TokensDirect has created an online version  of the GameALERT demonstration. GameALERT is a powerful tool for entertainment center management. For a very reasonable cost, it provides the information needed to increase game revenue as well as improve operating efficiency and improve guest service. (For more information, visit www.game-alert.com or call 800-514-6312.) 

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Flooring Product News

Flooring Product News

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Joy Carpets is the leader in specialty, patterned modular carpet for creative and eye-catching interiors. The company takes pride in providing industry-first floor coverings to family entertainment and amusement facilities worldwide. When creative, colorful and versatile flooring is required, look with confidence to Joy Carpets to satisfy your needs.  Remember, fun never goes out of […]

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The KangaTRAC Attached Cushion Is Available from Flagship Carpets

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Flagship Carpets’ KangaTRAC is a polyurethane backing system that is applied to the carpet during the manufacturing process and can extend the life and appearance of the carpet. The repeated pounding of constant traffic can leave its mark on carpet face fibers. KangaTRAC’s dense cushion gives the proper support to deflect traffic impact and helps carpet […]

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Lazer Maze Challenge® Is Added at Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center

Lazer Maze Challenge® Is Added at Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Jonesville Lanes (L & J Lanes) in Jonesville, Mich., is the latest bowling center to add a Laser Maze Challenge® to their amusement offerings. Officially opened in October, 2013, L & J Lanes’ Laser Maze features Funovation’s Time Portal graphics, lighted door entry and newest innovation, Video Capture.  While a small footprint attraction, The Laser Maze Challenge® offers just […]

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A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Fort Frenzy Family Entertainment Center is bringing fun to Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The new facility is opening its new custom Earth Quest themed laser tag arena designed by Creative Works (www.thewoweffect.com), a turnkey attraction.  When players step into this unique arena, they leave their normal lives behind them and enter an alternate universe.  Players are […]

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Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Laser tag players young and old like to return to play again and again. That’s why many laser tag facilities implement membership or “frequent player” programs. With these programs, members can often track their game statistics, and even build their laser tag skills. “The most important aspect of the membership cards […]

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Glowing Reviews<br/>The Lighting and Glow Product Picture at  Roller Skating Centers

Glowing Reviews
The Lighting and Glow Product Picture at Roller Skating Centers

January 1, 2014 No Comments

When explaining the popularity of the “glow phenomenon” at roller skating rinks, Nick Champa said it’s not exactly rocket science. “Have you ever seen what it looks like when someone waves a glow stick around in the dark?” asked Champa, owner of Champ’s Entertainment Complex in Lexington, Ky. “A glow stick will put a kid […]

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Sponsors

Bulbtronics

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Rio Syrup

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Embed

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Tear Repair

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Aquaventronics

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Laser Star

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

Soft Play

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Brunswick Bowling

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

American Changer

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Perfect Fry

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Knight Equipment

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

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.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Spectrum Sports

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Max Flight

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Poly Products

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Art Attack

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Penny Press

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and 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.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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