Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Fort Frenzy Family Entertainment Center is bringing fun to Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The new facility is opening its new custom Earth Quest themed laser tag arena designed by Creative Works (www.thewoweffect.com), a turnkey attraction.  When players step into this unique arena, they leave their normal lives behind them and enter an alternate universe.  Players are […]

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Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Laser tag players young and old like to return to play again and again. That’s why many laser tag facilities implement membership or “frequent player” programs. With these programs, members can often track their game statistics, and even build their laser tag skills. “The most important aspect of the membership cards […]

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Glowing Reviews<br/>The Lighting and Glow Product Picture at  Roller Skating Centers

Glowing Reviews
The Lighting and Glow Product Picture at Roller Skating Centers

January 1, 2014 No Comments

When explaining the popularity of the “glow phenomenon” at roller skating rinks, Nick Champa said it’s not exactly rocket science. “Have you ever seen what it looks like when someone waves a glow stick around in the dark?” asked Champa, owner of Champ’s Entertainment Complex in Lexington, Ky. “A glow stick will put a kid […]

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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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Two Essential Fun Food Attributes

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Sell the Same. Repeat visitors expect consistency and a high quality meal each visit. Make The Price Right. Meal costs should comfortably accommodate families and small groups.

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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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Rolling Toward Fun <br/>Strategies to Target the Adult Customer

Rolling Toward Fun
Strategies to Target the Adult Customer

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Marylou Fusco In our fast-paced, technology-heavy age bowling centers may seem like quaint throwbacks to a less sophisticated time. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Today’s bowling centers are not your parents’ bowling centers with their whitewashed walls and bad lighting. The current crop of bowling centers are still focused on […]

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TokensDirect Offers Custom and Standard Tokens with Anti-Microbial Properties

November 2, 2013 No Comments

TokensDirect will feature a full line of standard and custom tokens with factory direct pricing, low minimum order quantities and fast turnaround times in IAAPA booth #921.  In addition to factory direct convenience and pricing, laboratory studies show that copper alloys (including brass, bronze, copper nickel and nickel bronze,) which are commonly used for arcade […]

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Vendor Spotlight: Flagship Carpets, Calhoun, Ga.

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Flagship Carpets, located in Calhoun, Ga., has been the leading supplier of carpet to the family entertainment industry for over 30 years.  Flagship is family owned and operated with over 50 years and four generations of textile manufacturing experience. Though experience is invaluable in the carpet industry, Flagship also understands that to provide our customers […]

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An Industry Perspective
The Ride Theft Question

November 2, 2013 No Comments

One of the most frustrating and ongoing battles an FEC operator faces is controlling theft on their attractions.  While it often starts as giving a friend a free ride, it can quickly progress to multiple ride attendants taking a few dollars for a ride at the attraction and pocketing it, stealing admission dollars from the […]

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Sponsors

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Store on Wheels

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Extreme Engineering

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Spectrum Sports

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Bulbtronics

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

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.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

American Changer

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

Art Attack

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Spectrum
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Funovation
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.