Archive for August, 2015

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The Large Park Report   How Mobile Apps Are Changing the Theme Park Experience The Large Park Report examines several of the leading versions of wait time software and how even this technology could change in the future as theme parks seek to improve the guest experience by reducing wait times and promoting direct interaction with […]

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New Twists on Classic Creepiness <br>How Haunts Keep the Characters and Scares Fresh

New Twists on Classic Creepiness
How Haunts Keep the Characters and Scares Fresh

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When people visit a haunted attraction around Halloween, they are looking for one thing: to be scared out of their minds. Visiting the same haunt year after year can get a little stale, especially if the attraction does not do much to keep the scares coming. For this article, owners and managers at haunted attractions […]

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Whetting Guests’ Appetites <br> How to Increase Food Sales at Waterparks

Whetting Guests’ Appetites
How to Increase Food Sales at Waterparks

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Waterparks know how to sell fun. Hosting hundreds of guests daily who spend hours working up an appetite, experienced professionals at waterparks also know how to feed hungry guests. Zoombezi Bay, a 22.7-acre waterpark with more than 400 employees, is located in Powell, Ohio, adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Since 2008, guests have […]

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The Serious Business of Arcade Play <br>Tips to Elevate Profits

The Serious Business of Arcade Play
Tips to Elevate Profits

August 27, 2015 No Comments

By Vicki Hogue-Davies   While the arcade might not typically be the main destination for visitors to entertainment centers that offer bowling, go-karts and other attractions, it can be an additional and profitable moneymaker. To increase business at your arcade, there are several things to think about including game placement, prize redemption, customer service, marketing […]

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Safety with a Smile <br> Staff Training Strategies

Safety with a Smile
Staff Training Strategies

August 27, 2015 No Comments

During the summer months, kids and adults alike will be spending their days having fun trying their hands at popular activities including miniature golf and go-karting. Managers at venues that offer these attractions go to great lengths to ensure safety as well as fun for their guests. Staff training strategies vary depending on the size […]

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Entertainment Centers with Laser Tag: <br>Money-Saving Maintenance Ideas

Entertainment Centers with Laser Tag:
Money-Saving Maintenance Ideas

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By Jen Heller Meservey   Laser tag involves electronic components that can become maintenance headaches for entertainment centers. John McFarlane, manager of The Lost City in Holland, Mich., knows this all too well. “If we’re unable to repair a pack, or we run out of parts, our 32-player system becomes a 31-player system,” he said. […]

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How to Throw a Safety Strike
Tips on Choosing Bowling Insurance and Preventing Claims

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By Karen Appold As a business owner, you need to protect your investment. Obviously, you need to choose a good insurance company for the unfortunate times when something goes wrong. Several things should be top of mind when selecting an insurer for your bowling center. Mark Voight, president and CEO of seven bowling centers in […]

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Hot Waterpark Attractions <br>Trends That Made a Splash in 2015

Hot Waterpark Attractions
Trends That Made a Splash in 2015

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By Jessica Leigh Brown Waterpark guests crave thrills, new experiences and plenty of entertainment for the kids. What are the most popular attractions at waterparks this year, and what are the priorities for future additions? Cascades Indoor Water Park in Cortland, N.Y., focuses on pleasing entire families with its array of attractions. A 41,000-square-foot indoor […]

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Resort Is First in China to Install a Deep Water Standing Wave Machine

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The five-star Hainan’s Qizibay Grand New Century Resort has 600 rooms, 1,500 dining seats, and also houses a waterpark including a 20-meter-long, 7-meter-wide SurfStream standing wave system by American Wave Machines. The attraction can create 1-to-3-foot waves. The resort is the first hotel or resort in China and Southeast Asia to have installed a deep […]

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Empex Installs a New Splash Park at Singapore’s Sports Hub

Empex Installs a New Splash Park at Singapore’s Sports Hub

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Empex Watertoys® has just completed the installation of an exciting Splash Park in Singapore’s Sports Hub. Working together with Playpoint Singapore, Empex created an exciting array of water features for children to age 12. A central Aquadek with swaying palms is the centerpiece of the installation. This structure has a large fiberglass slide, a tube […]

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Sponsors

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.

Spectrum Sports

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

American Changer

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

Max Flight

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

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.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Extreme Engineering

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

Rio Syrup

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Penny Press

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

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.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Knight Equipment

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Art Attack

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Poly Products

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

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.

Embed

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Laser Star

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

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.