Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

The Profitability Picture – Drivers for Visitation and Spending

The Profitability Picture – Drivers for Visitation and Spending

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Even though the economy has everyone tightening their belts, people still want to have fun. Go-kart and mini-golf centers have risen to the challenge, and have come up with creative ways to “drive” people to their centers and keep their businesses running in spite of it all. Here’s a picture of what’s happening at a […]

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Rolling Toward Profits with Coin-op – How Arcades Complement Bowling

February 16, 2012 No Comments

While the increasing popularity of bowling itself bodes well for bowling centers’ business, operators would still do well to look into other features to better service their guests and improve their business picture. A properly managed arcade is one such feature, owners and managers of these facilities have discovered. At the 30,000-square-foot Fountain Bowl in […]

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Creating Events That Create Revenues

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Regardless of the industry within which you operate, one thing is for sure, we are in the middle of a major change.  Technology, government, unemployment, pop-culture, etc. are all drastically changing the way we do business and the demands of our consumers.  Families today are actively looking for ways to save money.  By creating special […]

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February 16, 2012 No Comments

With over 100 years of combined industry experience, the Industry Owls are seasoned veterans who have seen it all, the good, the bad and the ugly, when it comes to making the right decision for picking vendors. Just slightly behind your employees and your guests, suppliers and vendors are a major key influencer in the […]

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New Customer Service Strategies for a New Economy Beyond the Basics of Customer Service

January 5, 2012 No Comments

by Frank Price Service basics are no longer a powerful enough strategy for differentiation. Customer service is a series of intangible activities, performed for a mass customer base. It encompasses smooth service transactions, clean facilities, hot tasty food served on time and friendly, helpful, attentive and informative employees. Service is intangible and personal in nature, […]

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Buried Treasure: Top Tips for Finding New Redemption Prizes

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Solicit feedback from guests and employees. This not only increases the chance that customers will like what they see at the redemption counter, it opens doors to acquiring new, potentially popular items family entertainment center operators may not have discovered on their own. Becky Olbrych, owner of Wheels Family Fun Park in Durham, N.C., said […]

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Redemption Counters and Prizes: Creating a Compelling Reason to Play

January 5, 2012 No Comments

With competition for consumers’ leisure dollar remaining fierce, family entertainment centers with mini-golf and go-kart facilities are paying as much attention to maximizing the appeal of their redemption counters as they are to making their attractions as compelling as possible. “The game room is where we make a large portion of our money, and in […]

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The Surfaces and the Scores: A Roll Down Bowling’s Memory Lane

January 5, 2012 No Comments

In bowling’s history, the 1930s were known as the shellac era.  Wood was plentiful then, and that was a good thing, because it was the only available option to proprietors at the time. Many high scores were rolled during this period due to a high friction ball track being burned into the finish by bowlers, […]

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Offering an Integrated Experience: How Planning and Thoughtful Facility Design Create Repeat Visitors

Offering an Integrated Experience: How Planning and Thoughtful Facility Design Create Repeat Visitors

January 4, 2012 No Comments

Whether you are considering adding an additional attraction to your facility or are designing a facility with multiple attractions from scratch, how you integrate your attractions together is very important. Attractions that looked patched together detract from the appeal of your facility and can cost you money. Worse is if your customer base doesn’t see […]

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Customers Can Make Edible Candy Art with the Tasty Tubes™ Factory

Customers Can Make Edible Candy Art with the Tasty Tubes™ Factory

November 3, 2011 No Comments

The Tasty Tubes™ Factory is a vending machine that is also an amusement game. There is no attendant needed for this coin-operated attraction. There are no free refills, fantastic flavors and colors and there is no mess as players layer candy inside of a tube.

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Sponsors

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Laser Star

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

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Store on Wheels

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Art Attack

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

American Changer

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Brunswick Bowling

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

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.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Johnny Rockets
LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys