Archive for April, 2016

Spring Is in the Air <br>How Zoos and Aquariums Are Getting  Ready for a New Season

Spring Is in the Air
How Zoos and Aquariums Are Getting Ready for a New Season

April 13, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald More than a century ago, philanthropist Christopher Lyman Magee donated $125,000 for the construction of a zoological garden in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood. Today, the zoo, which sits on 77 acres of parkland, is one of the top six major attractions of its kind in the country. With more than 4,000 […]

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Extreme Engineering’s Cloud Coaster Coming to Margaritaville Resort Biloxi

Extreme Engineering’s Cloud Coaster Coming to Margaritaville Resort Biloxi

April 13, 2016 No Comments

The only tandem ride, cart-less roller coaster on the market, The Cloud Coaster, will be featured at the Margaritaville Resort Biloxi in Mississippi starting May 2016. Designed by the adventure experts at Extreme Engineering, this part zip line and part flying roller coaster allows thrill seekers to experience the future in family friendly attractions.   […]

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Inventive Eateries <br> Tips to Do Well with Food Service

Inventive Eateries
Tips to Do Well with Food Service

April 12, 2016 No Comments

By Karen Appold Getting food to sell well at zoos, aquariums and museums isn’t rocket science. At John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids Mich., Jodi Young, food and beverage manager, suggested having some unique offerings. “Many guests visit with their families as a getaway and are looking for something decadent or new that they might […]

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Fun in the Here and Now

Fun in the Here and Now

April 12, 2016 No Comments

With the right information and a healthy sense of determination, any leisure entertainment facility owner or manager can start today to improve their guest experience. In each issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks, we strive to offer fresh ideas on trends and on how to transform a good time into a great time for your […]

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Embed and LAI Games to Showcase Products at the DEAL Show

Embed and LAI Games to Showcase Products at the DEAL Show

April 12, 2016 No Comments

Embed was to display their products at the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure Show (DEAL) at the Dubai World Trade Center. Additionally, LAI Games was to showcase some of its biggest hits at the event. (For more information, visit www.embedcard.com.)

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Where Simple Menus Sell More Food  <br>How Hunger Gets Zapped at Laser Tag Centers

Where Simple Menus Sell More Food
How Hunger Gets Zapped at Laser Tag Centers

April 12, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova Laser tag can make people hungry. When families spend the morning chasing each other through the flashing lights of the laser arena at Whirlydome, a family entertainment center in Orlando, Fla., they work up an appetite for pizza, burgers and wings, said Manager Nikita Patel. But as at laser tag facilities everywhere, […]

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From Snacks and Meals  to Treats and Sweets  <br>What’s On the Menu at Waterparks

From Snacks and Meals to Treats and Sweets
What’s On the Menu at Waterparks

April 12, 2016 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey At waterparks, classic American foods like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, French fries and chicken tenders, are the most popular. Josh Roybal, waterpark manager at Hotel Cascada Waterpark in Albuquerque, N.M., said that “convenient and handheld items are easier to eat in a crowded waterpark.” Mark Litz, vice president of food and […]

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Set-Up for Scares <br>Design Trends at Haunted Attractions

Set-Up for Scares
Design Trends at Haunted Attractions

April 12, 2016 No Comments

If you had to pinpoint one defining characteristic of haunted attractions, it would be change, as in the need to change things up to keep an attraction fresh year after year. Many haunts entertain repeat customers and the only way to consistently keep them coming back is to provide fresh scares. How can that best […]

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Sponsors

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Penny Press

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

American Changer

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Knight Equipment

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

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.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Poly Products

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Art Attack

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

Extreme Engineering

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

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.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Laser Star

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Store on Wheels

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Spectrum Sports

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Rio Syrup

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Embed

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.