Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

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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RUSH Laser Tag Arenas Continues to Raise the Bar

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Art Attack is pleased to announce the continued growth of its RUSH Laser Tag Arenas division. In the past few years the designers and fabricators at Art Attack have been developing new laser tag arenas that are unique and trendsetting in the industry.   In the last few months alone the company has built six […]

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Loveland Loves Laser Tag <br/>Why Some Believe the City Is Poised to Become the United States’ Laser Tag Capital

Loveland Loves Laser Tag
Why Some Believe the City Is Poised to Become the United States’ Laser Tag Capital

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Less than an hour north of Denver, Loveland, Colo., is a scenic retreat in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Fort Collins, a hub for vacationers, craft beer lovers and tourists clamoring to see, among other attractions, the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining. The aptly nicknamed Sweetheart City is also home to […]

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Commemorating the Live Music Era

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Dominic Cangelosi, owner of Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink in Glendale, Calif.,  recently donated his vintage Hammond B3 organ to the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Neb. Museum Director James Vannurden explained, “Rinks have always had music.  This is Dominic’s personal organ that he would bring to wherever the National Indoor Championships were being […]

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Laced up for Success<br/>Operational Tips from Roller Skating Centers

Laced up for Success
Operational Tips from Roller Skating Centers

November 2, 2013 No Comments

When you run a roller skating facility, your goal is to keep the families coming and ensure that a new generation grows up loving to skate. The roots of Skate Daze in Omaha, Neb., go back to the 1940s when the father of current owner Scott Cernik, traveled the Midwest with a portable rink.  Now […]

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Rounding the Corner Toward Success
New Trends Indicate Significant Roller Skating Industry Growth

November 2, 2013 No Comments

The family entertainment center industry is growing at an ever-increasing pace. In fact, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions estimates the FEC industry has growth of approximately 25 new facilities each and every year – and the roller skating industry is no exception. In interviews with several roller skating rink owners, we found […]

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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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Working the Angles <br/>Crowd-pleasing Tips from Family Entertainment Center Owners

Working the Angles
Crowd-pleasing Tips from Family Entertainment Center Owners

November 2, 2013 No Comments

With a mix of games, rides, and fast food, family entertainment centers have been a big draw for families, adults, and kids of all ages. But thriving in the current economy, and getting consumers to choose a family fun center over other entertainment options, can be a challenge. Across the nation, venues are still drawing […]

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Sponsors

American Changer

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Art Attack

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Laser Star

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Formula K Raceways

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Bulbtronics

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Spectrum Sports

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Extreme Engineering

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Store on Wheels

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Spectrum
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