Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

How Miniature Golf and Go-Kart Centers Keep the Profit Machine Oiled

August 1, 2010 No Comments

A Spotlight on Safety and Maintenance Keeping staff and patrons safe takes priority when operating activity parks where people are playing miniature golf courses with water hazards, driving go karts or trying out a zip cord. Maintenance is key to ensuring everyone has a good time without incident, even if they’re only playing a video […]

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For Amusement Parks, A Visible Security Presence

For Amusement Parks, A Visible Security Presence

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Once guests enter the gates of an amusement park, they expect to enter a world of fantasy and fun.  Far from their minds should be worries about security or safety.  Security officers at amusement parks walk a fine line. They need to show guests that they are there ready to help without interfering with the […]

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ILTA Facility Focus: Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Brian McCall, owner of Planet Fun and Starz Sports Grille in Shallotte, N.C., was looking to create a 50,000-square-foot entertainment center that would bring much needed jobs and a whole lot of fun to his community. “We are extremely excited about the project and look forward to bringing this upscale family entertainment center to Shallotte.” […]

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At United States Roller Rinks, The Quad is Still King

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Roller skating is about as American as baseball and apple pie. And at dozens of roller skating rinks from San Francisco to Philadelphia, time seems to stand still as kids of all ages (tots to seniors) lace up their skates and roll down memory lane. Longtime skating rink owners and managers share their thoughts on […]

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A Skating Center Revolution:
Turning Roller Skating Attractions into Family Entertainment Centers

June 1, 2010 No Comments

On average, 381,000 guests visit family entertainment centers (FECs) a year, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), with the larger facilities hosting up to 622,000 guests annually. With all that traffic, it’s no wonder many roller skating center operators look to expand their businesses by transitioning from roller skating centers […]

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Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The phrase “go green” is quite popular in many family entertainment circles and the go-kart circuit is no exception. Add to that the words “go cost-effectively” and “go fast” and you’re describing the options up for consideration when deciding whether to run gas- or electric-powered go-karts. Blog postings on entertainment industry topics reveal mixed reviews […]

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Bowling-Compatible Attractions:
Bowling, Golf and Bankshot Basketball

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Name the three ball-playing sports with the following attributes. • Participants play alongside one another, not against one another. • There is no offense or defense. • Your opponents can show up tomorrow. Why are these important?  Why are there so few? What are they? Read the title. In bowling, golf and Bankshot basketball, you […]

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Generating New Business: Bowling and Local Sports Teams are a Solid Match

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Bowling and Local Sports Teams are a Solid MatchWhen it comes to attracting local sports teams for banquets and parties, bowling centers strike out in many different directions. “There is very little we have done that hasn’t been at least somewhat effective in bringing athletic teams here, whether we’re talking about the youth or adult […]

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Bowling: The Future of Family Entertainment <br />An Anchor Attraction That Can Increase Your Market Share

Bowling: The Future of Family Entertainment
An Anchor Attraction That Can Increase Your Market Share

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Bowling centers have been in the business of family entertainment for decades.  However, a recent shift in the amenities offered in many bowling centers has the bowling industry buzzing.  Traditional bowling centers that were comprised of some number of bowling lanes, a pro shop, snack bar, and maybe a small arcade are being transformed into […]

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Spectrum Sports

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

Art Attack

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Bulbtronics

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Laser Star

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

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.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Extreme Engineering

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

American Changer

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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