Archive for April, 2017

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Ideas for Great Events<br> Party Advice for Bowling Centers

Ideas for Great Events
Party Advice for Bowling Centers

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Karen Appold When hosting a birthday party, there are lots of things a bowling center can do to make it a huge success. Allison Jennings, general manager, WOW! Zone Family Entertainment Center, Mankato, Minn., schedules a host to work at each party. The host is responsible for keeping all activities on track, ordering food […]

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Perspectives on Industry Optimism
A Look at Amusement Expo Dallas, Texas, Foundations and F2FEC, Georgia

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Scott Borowsky and Frank Seninsky Two words describe the week of March 12-16, 2017, that the movers and shakers of our industry spent at Amusement Expo Dallas:  Optimism Reigns.  A thousand plus attendees came ready to buy and share their positive outlook for our industry, which by the way, is currently ranked number in […]

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Here’s to Optimism for Today and Tomorrow

Here’s to Optimism for Today and Tomorrow

April 6, 2017 No Comments

I am happy to report that recent trade shows and conferences have been positive events. At the F2FEC and Amusement Expo shows, there was order writing taking place and money being spent, sure signs that attendees were looking toward the future with optimism. Amusement Expo also featured an interesting opportunity for learning with the Foundations […]

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Sponsors

Art Attack

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Poly Products

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Store on Wheels

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Max Flight

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

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.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Penny Press

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

American Changer

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

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.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

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.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Knight Equipment

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Embed

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Laser Star

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Rio Syrup

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAI
American Conference