Archive for 2017

Bowl Expo 2017 Set for June 18-22

Bowl Expo 2017 Set for June 18-22

May 5, 2017 No Comments

On June 18-22, the 2017 International Bowl Expo will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. This year’s event will again offer attendees quality educational programs, networking opportunities and a tradeshow with the latest products and services. The Keynote for Bowl Expo is best known by one name: Shaq.  His NBA career […]

Funovation’s Laser Maze Challenge Has New International Installations

Funovation’s Laser Maze Challenge Has New International Installations

April 27, 2017 No Comments

  Funovation’s Laser Maze Challenge® continues to be a great complement to trampoline parks.  The company recently completed installations at Flip Out Brent Cross in London and Flying Squirrel in Victoria, BC.  This is Funovation’s first installation in a Flip Out park and its third endeavor with Flying Squirrel – with mazes also in Flying […]

Premier Polysteel Offers Plastic Coated Steel Picnic Tables

Premier Polysteel Offers Plastic Coated Steel Picnic Tables

April 27, 2017 No Comments

  Durable and ADA compliant, Premier Polysteel’s accessible picnic tables have a comfortable, walk-through design. These tables are available in two popular Champion styles. The 4-foot-by-5-foot picnic table has room for a wheelchair on one end and bench seats on the other three sides. The 8-foot rectangular picnic table has room on each end for […]

April/May 2017 Issue Summary

April/May 2017 Issue Summary

April 18, 2017 No Comments

The April/May issue of Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine contains a wide range of articles, including an extensive section covering the F2FEC and Amusement Expo shows, a special focus on food service, and coverage of how waterparks and amusement parks handle the buildup to a new season in improvements and maintenance. In The Large Park […]

Light Bites and Sit-Down Meals <br> What’s on the Menu at Animal and Art Attractions

Light Bites and Sit-Down Meals
What’s on the Menu at Animal and Art Attractions

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald Menus at museums, zoos and aquariums can range between the very basic (water and snacks in the gift shop) to the very sophisticated (multi-course meals in a formal dining space prepared by a famous chef). Many venues – which may not have a background with hospitality – have opted to outsource […]

When the Focus Is Fun <br> The Best Arcade Games for Laser Tag Centers

When the Focus Is Fun
The Best Arcade Games for Laser Tag Centers

April 6, 2017 No Comments

When they’re not chasing each other around the arena, laser tag patrons head to the arcade for the kind of stimulating games they can’t play at home: air hockey, gun simulations and anything that may win them a prize. “They like things they haven’t seen before,” said Manager Clay Blackwell of his customers at Frankie’s […]

Pies for  Sky-High Sales <br> Making the Best Pizza

Pies for Sky-High Sales
Making the Best Pizza

April 6, 2017 No Comments

Pizza is a popular grab-and-go food option at roller skating centers, and there are many pizza options available to choose from. Some roller skating centers opt for buying pre-made pizza, like Rola-Rena Roller Skating Center in Green Bay, Wis. “We have a local pizza place, Hansen’s Pizza, make our pizzas for us,” said Owner Mary […]

Games People Play <br> The Top Trends for Games

Games People Play
The Top Trends for Games

April 6, 2017 No Comments

What are the top trends and new games at arcades, bars, restaurants, and street locations? While replies are varied, certain trends do emerge, including a definite quest by players to enjoy tactile, hands-on experiences they can’t find with individual or home gaming options. For this article, operators offered their observations and tips for success. At […]

Premiere Kazakhstan Operator Opens Fourth, Nears Completion of Fifth, Embed Location in Dubai, UAE

Premiere Kazakhstan Operator Opens Fourth, Nears Completion of Fifth, Embed Location in Dubai, UAE

April 6, 2017 No Comments

The two newest Funky Town family entertainment centers, in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Moscow, Russia, rely on Embed’s revenue management system to maximize operating efficiencies and deliver a great guest experience. Kazakhstan-based operator EMC LLP has partnered with Embed on three previous projects and uses Embed for the cashless operation of their games and large-scale rides […]


Apple Named Manufacturer of the Year by AAMA

April 6, 2017 No Comments

Apple Industries, honored as the United States amusement industry’s 2016 Manufacturer of the Year, welcomed a nonstop flood of customer traffic to its exhibit booth at this year’s Amusement Expo International in Dallas, Texas. Both street operators and family entertainment center owners were excited to see world-premiere new models of Face Place Photo Booths, along […]

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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 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.


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


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.


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.


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.


Laser maze challenge


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.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.