Archive for February, 2016

Bay Tek Purchases the Iconic Skee-Ball Company

Bay Tek Purchases the Iconic Skee-Ball Company

February 23, 2016 No Comments

Bay Tek has announced the asset acquisition of the Chalfont, Pa.-based organization, Skee-Ball. After months of communication and fact-finding the deal was made official on February 23. “For 31 years we at Skee-Ball have supplied the amusement industry with quality that withstands the test of time.  It is at this time that we choose to […]

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February/March 2016

February 22, 2016 No Comments

The Large Park Report  Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall   Halloween is big business, and the nation’s larger parks are offering a variety of activities for all ages during what has become an active shoulder season. Waves Trends for Safer Swimming: New Technologies  As with most aspects of modern work and play, waterparks […]

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Working Together to Win

Working Together to Win

February 22, 2016 No Comments

The partnerships within your location, and with your outside vendors, are a big factor in your business’ success. These relationships influence the productivity of your staff, the quality of the guest experience and your own satisfaction with the state of your operation. In each issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP) we strive to bring […]

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Lasting Successes with  Temporary Food Carts <br>Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks

Lasting Successes with Temporary Food Carts
Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova It’s a three-mile walk all the way around the lions, elephants and bears at Zoo Miami. And Florida is hot – so dehydrated patrons are grateful for a cold beer or soda from a cart along the way. “People tend to get thirsty a lot faster than they get hungry,” said Christopher […]

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Bowling Center Profile: High 5 Entertainment

Bowling Center Profile: High 5 Entertainment

February 22, 2016 No Comments

Scott and Jenny Emley always dreamed of launching a family business. This past January, their dream became a reality with the launch of High 5 Entertainment in Lakeway, Texas, a multi-faceted recreation center that is a family business in all senses of the word — serving clients “from age 2 to 102,” said Scott Emley […]

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Fun to Spare<br>  An Innovative Take on Laser Tag Takes Hold in Minnesota

Fun to Spare
An Innovative Take on Laser Tag Takes Hold in Minnesota

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova The residents of Owatonna, Minn., got an extra Christmas present last year – a brand-new, state-of-the-art laser tag arena, unveiled in late December inside the three-year-old Spare Time Entertainment Center. Residents of this city an hour south of Minneapolis can work off those holiday calories by chasing each other through a sound-enhanced, […]

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Trends for Safer Swimming: New Technologies

Trends for Safer Swimming: New Technologies

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Jennifer Byrne If J.D Zimmerman needs to monitor any of the rides or pools at the 100,000 square foot Kalahari Resort Waterpark, all he needs to do is pick up his phone. “One nice thing for me, as a maintenance guy, is everything can be hooked up online; I can actually sit at home […]

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Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall

Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Greg Curling Halloween is big business. From costumes to candy to party favors, Americans spend just shy of $7 billion per year on the favored holiday.  According to the Haunted Attraction Association, haunted houses alone generate more than $300 million annually. While theme parks do not report specific event revenue, it’s a safe assumption […]

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A Laser Focus on Fun  <br>Creating the Best Parties at Laser Tag Centers

A Laser Focus on Fun
Creating the Best Parties at Laser Tag Centers

February 5, 2016 No Comments

Laser Tag parties are great fun for birthday celebrations. But in a crowded field of available laser tag venues, what are the elements that create the best parties? Venue managers and owners tag stellar customer service and great packages as key to being the best. At Speedy’s Fast Track in Houston, Texas, Vice President of […]

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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.