Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

New Miniature Golf Course in Wisconsin Is an Economic Hole-In-One

New Miniature Golf Course in Wisconsin Is an Economic Hole-In-One

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Bob Moeller and his family saw the business potential in the revitalization of the South Pier District, where the Sheboygan River flows into Lake Michigan. Starting in the 1990s, savvy development of the area has turned it into a growing Midwest vacation destination. The Moeller family has invested extensively in their longtime,  hometown  lakeshore: Bob, […]

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How Technology Has Shaped the Laser Tag Experience

August 1, 2011 No Comments

When you think about laser tag, one of the first things to come to mind is technology. Looking at the history of laser tag, it’s easy to see how far those technological advancements have shaped laser tag into what it is today. Few other attractions offer the futuristic feel that laser tag can. Many attractions […]

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The High Tech Elements that Go Into Running a Roller Skating Rink

August 1, 2011 No Comments

Years ago roller skating centers offered an organ, disco ball and maybe a few snacks for customers to enjoy. Stroll into one of today’s modern skating centers and your senses might overload. Music, lights and real food offer an atmosphere of pure entertainment. So what are all these high-tech gadgets and what is the benefit? […]

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Thought Before Action: <br/>Crafting a Total Experience at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

Thought Before Action:
Crafting a Total Experience at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

August 1, 2011 No Comments

Almost all centers contain multiple elements that make up the total theme, image, or look of the operation.  Whether it’s jungle, pirates, or something else, these include everything from a central theme to less obvious factors such as sound, lighting and the type of food offered.  No matter if you are adding something or enhancing […]

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Enhancing the Experience
Bright Lights and Music to Bowl By

August 1, 2011 No Comments

Whether it helps the game or not, sound and light effects installed in bowling centers produce mind- altering experiences in bowlers for the better, or it would not be the way the ball is rolling in bowling centers from one coast to another.   The radio is always blaring for ambiance and the laser lights […]

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Family Entertainment Center Trends for 2011 and Beyond

June 1, 2011 No Comments

The Industry Owls is a group of independent consultants, operators, trainers and educators who have come together with one purpose: to challenge the way you think. Their unique experience and expertise combines with an abundance of wisdom in the family entertainment and leisure industries to produce articles to help you become more successful in your […]

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Creating Memorable Moments: When Customer Service Isn’t Enough

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Remarkable experiences are defined as just that, moments in time you choose to remark about.  Engineering each guest visit at your family amusement or leisure business as a singular opportunity to create a remarkable experience adds a huge intangible value to your business.  If you can make each individual feel special, just like it was […]

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Adventure Golf Services has Products and Advice for FECs and More

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Bowling center operators are benefiting from new indoor and outdoor recreation products from Adventure Golf Services.  Centers seeking additional revenue centers can now add modular miniature golf, golf learning centers, multi-purpose sports and entertainment fields and game courts.   The company’s AnyWhereFields is a multi- purpose recreation sports fields to help monetize vacant land space. […]

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12 Top Tips for Successfully Adding Extras

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Take a close look at what you offer and make a list to target specific areas you could potentially and practically improve.  Part of this is to set goals about what you want to accomplish in terms of improving the experience of customers and increasing your bottom line. Don’t overlook any potential improvement.  They may […]

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Change that Works: Making Big Food Profits from Small Spaces

June 1, 2011 No Comments

At Zuma Fun Center in Pineville, N.C., the challenge of a modest kitchen space has been addressed with equipment that turns out food quickly and is a perfect fit with its small footprint. “We recently added a large Quik N’ Crispy greaseless fryer,” said Rick Klinghagen, the facility’s general manager. Part of a chain of […]

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Sponsors

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

American Changer

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Art Attack

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Extreme Engineering

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Spectrum Sports

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sureshot Redemption

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Bulbtronics

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

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.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Store on Wheels

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Laser Star

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys