Archive for February, 2015

Tips to Buy the Best – The Food Service Equipment Picture at Zoos,  Aquariums and Museums

Tips to Buy the Best – The Food Service Equipment Picture at Zoos, Aquariums and Museums

February 16, 2015 No Comments

Although exhibits and attractions generally take center stage at zoos, aquariums, museums and botanical gardens, the truth is that all visitors eventually get hungry. Cue the many restaurants and concession stands waiting in the wings at these facilities. The success or failure of their role often boils down to what kitchen equipment they use, plus […]

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February/March 2015

February 13, 2015 No Comments

The Large Park Report  Advice from Large Parks on Finding the Best Vendors To commemorate Tourist Attractions & Parks’ annual Buyer’s Guide directory, Contributor Chad Emerson discussed strategies for finding the best vendors with large parks. The Large Park Report · Attraction Profile: TRIOTECH and Cedar Fair Waves Keeping Up with the Current – Best […]

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Business Tips for Successful Operation

Business Tips for Successful Operation

February 13, 2015 No Comments

In each issue, Tourist Attractions & Parks brings the many businesses in the magazine’s coverage universe practical operational advice for better profit pictures. We offer articles on everything from staff training to choosing the right equipment, and our readership can always learn new ways to conduct business for the best results. In the February/March edition, […]

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The Well-Managed Center – Training Tips from Owners and Managers

The Well-Managed Center – Training Tips from Owners and Managers

February 13, 2015 No Comments

Mini golf and go-karts are all about fun, and owners and managers agree that training employees should be fun too. Candace Reim, franchise owner of Monster Mini Golf in Avon and Lafayette, Ind., said that her training strategy focuses on bringing the fun to customers. “We pride ourselves on our customer service and fun, entertaining […]

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The Insurance Climate and Tips for Finding the Best Insurance

The Insurance Climate and Tips for Finding the Best Insurance

February 13, 2015 No Comments

Like any entertainment venue, bowling centers need insurance. But often it can be difficult to find an insurance company willing to provide the comprehensive coverage necessary. Bowling centers nationwide had some tips to share about the current insurance market and how to find the best coverage possible. At Kearny Mesa Bowl in San Diego, Calif., […]

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Advice from Large Parks on Finding the Best Vendors

Advice from Large Parks on Finding the Best Vendors

February 13, 2015 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Every year, thousands of amusement industry officials descend on Orlando for the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo.  Walk the halls of the massive Orange County convention center and you’ll find just about any service or product that an amusement facility could possibly require.  Indeed, the 2014 show alone included over 1,000 exhibitors comprising […]

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Bulking Up on Bulk  Vending Business – Trends and Tips for Success

Bulking Up on Bulk Vending Business – Trends and Tips for Success

February 13, 2015 No Comments

By Jennifer Harrison  Some call them the silent salesmen. Bulk vending machines have a lot to offer: they can take up little space, contain everything from plush toys and stickers to key chains and mini NFL cups, and because customers get a treat with the twist or the drop of a coin, satisfaction is almost […]

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Keeping Up with the Current – Best Practices for Waterpark Maintenance and Safety

Keeping Up with the Current – Best Practices for Waterpark Maintenance and Safety

February 13, 2015 No Comments

By Jessica Leigh Brown The ability to welcome guests to a pristine waterpark requires a blend of successful elements. Friendly, efficient staff members make guests feel comfortable and safe. Clean, comfortable furnishings invite customers to sit and stay for a while – and come back on their next day off. Rides that sparkle with cleanliness […]

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Pinstack – Plano, Texas

Pinstack – Plano, Texas

February 12, 2015 No Comments

Spectrum Sports International Announces Pinstack Rock Wall Installation   Spectrum Sports International has installed a unique climbing wall at the new Pinstack bowling and family entertainment center in Plano, Texas.  The climbing wall features six routes with various slope angles to accommodate many skill levels.  Auto-belays reduce operating costs and add a layer of safety.  […]

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Pinstack Opens First Location with Sacoa

Pinstack Opens First Location with Sacoa

February 12, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold Entertainment Properties Group, Inc. has opened their first Pinstack location in West Plano, Texas, with the Sacoa PlayCard System to manage attractions and redemption throughout this new 50,000-square-foot flagship dining and entertainment complex. Their premiere venue features 150 deluxe games and indoor mega attractions of laser tag, bumper cars, climbing walls and […]

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Sponsors

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Spectrum Sports

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

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.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Knight Equipment

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

American Changer

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Store on Wheels

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Embed

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Penny Press

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

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.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Max Flight

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Laser Star

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Poly Products

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Art Attack

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.