Archive for Industry News

Strikerz Entertainment Center Launches with Embed

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Embed, a leading provider of debit card and point-of-sale systems for the amusement and family entertainment industry, has announced the successful installation of the Embed System at the Strikerz Entertainment Center in Lee’s Summit, Mo.  The site features 20 lanes of bowling, a 70-game arcade, laser frenzy and a full-service restaurant and bar.

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International Perspectives
The Challenges of Developing Entertainment Projects in Africa

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Except for the recent press about the Arab Spring revolutions in North Africa, Africa basically remains under the radar. What may be surprising is that six of the fastest growing economies in the world are found in the “forgotten continent” of Africa. The six African Lion economies – Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad, Mozambique and Rwanda […]

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Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

February 16, 2012 No Comments

THOMCO’s Fun Pro is expanding its “A” Rated (by A.M. Best) insurance to Halloween Attractions including, but not limited to, Haunted Houses, Dark Attractions, Corn Mazes, Forest Trails, Pumpkin Patches (including u-pick) and Christmas Tree farms. This low cost, comprehensive coverage includes General Liability limits up to $1,000,000/$2,000,000 per occurrence/aggregate and also offers coverage for […]

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A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

January 30, 2012 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks: What are the most pressing issues facing today’s independent concessionaires? Barbara Hensinger: Throughout the country, small businesspeople are facing over burdensome state and federal regulations.  This is true for our concessionaires, but the impact is often multiplied as many of our members operate in a variety of states. Currently, one of […]

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The Angry Birds License Is Performing Well for The Good Stuff Company

The Angry Birds License Is Performing Well for The Good Stuff Company

January 13, 2012 No Comments

The Good Stuff Company played host to the world’s largest plush Angry Bird late last year at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Fla. The company’s Angry Bird amusement products include plush, basketballs, keychains and novelties. “Angry Birds was the best-performing plush license in 2011, and it continues to perform.  We have plenty of […]

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Laser Star Amusements Wins Award at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo

Laser Star Amusements Wins Award at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Michael Peretz (left), and Dr. David Peretz holding the 2011 Brass Ring Award presented by the IAAPA Awards Committee at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. Laser Star Amusements was proud to be the recipient of the 2011 IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Coin Operated/Redemption Game for its Tasty Tubes Factory. The device allows […]

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Amusement Expo 2012 Will Offer Premier Educational Opportunities and Awards

Amusement Expo 2012 Will Offer Premier Educational Opportunities and Awards

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Amusement Expo: March 14-16, 2012 Foundations Entertainment University: March 12-13, 2012 The American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) and the Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA)’s Amusement Expo 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center is the premier trade event for the coin-op and out-of-home entertainment industries. For 2012, the event has retained Foundations Entertainment University […]

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First Mobile Zip Line Introduced by Spectrum Sports International

First Mobile Zip Line Introduced by Spectrum Sports International

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Spectrum Sports International debuted the first commercially available mobile zip line at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The introduction followed three years of product development, a complete engineering review and a season of testing in four markets. The Mobile Zip Line employs several innovative features. The Rotating Safety Gate eliminates fall exposure until riders are […]

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Empex Watertoys Wins the 2011 WWA Innovation Award for “Aquacircus”

Empex Watertoys Wins the 2011 WWA Innovation Award for “Aquacircus”

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Empex Watertoys® and Beachpark Waterpark were presented with the prestigious World Waterpark Association’s (WWA) Industry Innovation Award at the 2011 WWA trade show and convention. The award was presented for the latest design from Empex called Aquacircus, an interactive water playground with a dynamic interactive play structure, interactive Aquanetic™ water features and spray clowns called […]

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SplashTacular Launches Double Bowlseye™

January 5, 2012 No Comments

SplashTacular, winner of the 2011 Industry Innovation Award for Suppliers from the World Waterpark Association (WWA), recently announced the launch of their new family raft ride, the patent-pending Double BowlsEye™. The Double BowlsEye is a contemporary take on a high-speed family raft chase.  Riders gaze down the 60-foot launch platform to see two 54-inch enclosed […]

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Sponsors

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Spectrum Sports

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

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.

American Changer

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

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.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Extreme Engineering

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Laser Star

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sureshot Redemption

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Formula K Raceways

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Bulbtronics

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Brunswick Bowling

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

Art Attack

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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