Archive for Mini-Golf and Go-Karts

Six Tips to Sell More Food

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Get the Picture. Remember that people respond to visual cues. Show pictures of your food choices on big screen TVs and post food posters and photographs throughout the center. Go All Out. Line baskets with wax paper for a fancier look, and make sure paper plates are good quality for food with a higher perceived […]

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Tips to Keep Food Sales Simmering
Best Menu and Food Equipment Additions

March 1, 2014 No Comments

Undoubtedly, mini-golf courses and go-karts attract customers to family entertainment centers, but offering guests the right foods will make their visit more enjoyable and boost a center’s bottom line. Classic Foods Much like golfing and spring in the Garden City of Augusta, Ga., go hand in hand, so do classic foods and fun at Putt-Putt. […]

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SplitShot Mini Golf: A New, Fun Modular Design Driven by Customer Need

SplitShot Mini Golf: A New, Fun Modular Design Driven by Customer Need

January 1, 2014 No Comments

SplitShot Mini Golf proves that design follows need. SplitShot creates more fun for each putt on the course according to Kreg Krupa, Adventure Golf Services account executive.  “Our potential buyers express their desire to purchase a low cost, portable miniature golf with more fun than other available models. “We sell many low cost miniature golf […]

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Fun Food Strategies for the Fun of It

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross While healthier fare continues to garner guests’ attention, staples like pizza and fun foods remain the most popular menu options at go-kart and mini-golf facilities. Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center in Batavia, Ill., definitely sells more salads and wraps, especially chicken wraps, than it did one or two years ago, noted Manager […]

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Making a Go of Go-Karting
Strategies to Drive Increased Interest

November 2, 2013 No Comments

No matter their age, many guests of family entertainment centers jump at the chance to ride the go-karts. But that doesn’t mean operators shouldn’t implement, and aren’t implementing, strategies for driving increased interest in and profitability from this activity. Go-karts are a major draw to, and centerpiece attraction at, Rogue Valley Family Fun Center in […]

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A Question and Answer Interview with Tami Dean, General Manager, Ride Development Company (RDC)

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks:  What are current equipment trends in the bumper car industry? Tami Dean: Over the years, there has been a marked trend toward tube system bumper cars rather than the traditional dodgem electric cars. The tube cars are simply more durable and easier to maintain.  Recently, some owners and operators are asking […]

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A Strategy to Bump up Profits <br/>Bumper Cars Are a Winning Attraction for FECs

A Strategy to Bump up Profits
Bumper Cars Are a Winning Attraction for FECs

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Wow, have bumper cars come a long way. While you may still be able to ride in bumper cars that have long poles leading to an electric ceiling at some classic theme parks, the latest and greatest bumper cars don’t even have a steering wheel. These trendy, state-of-the-art bumper cars are bright, colorful, round, futuristic-looking […]

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Remodeling for a Model Course
Top Signs a Miniature Golf Course Needs Work

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Though it is virtually impossible to change your location (portable courses exempted) it is very possible and often desirable to change your existing course.  Signs of a needed change are often easy to recognize. Here are just a few. The Obvious Signs: • Carpet that is worn and torn with separating seams and vanishing fibers. […]

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Four Go-kart Safe Operating Tips

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Schedule Success: Follow a regular inspection and maintenance routine. Get an Eyeful: Train employees, and require them, to watch the track at all times when in use. Stay Refreshed and Ready: Run monthly sessions in safe operating practices for the staff. Make it Worth the Wait: Show the guest queue a safety video.  

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Creating Quick Fun <br/>Trends in Go-kart Racing

Creating Quick Fun
Trends in Go-kart Racing

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Go-karts have become a key sales- and traffic-driver at many family entertainment centers, but for some, simply touting a go-kart attraction isn’t enough. Some players are upping the ante in the race to profitability, catering to guests’ need for speed with go-kart racing, and implementing strategies to ensure success. Suburban Oaks, Pa., located 18 miles […]

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