Archive for Industry News

Extreme Engineering Wins Its Sixth Industry Award from IAAPA

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Extreme Engineering, a leader in climbing walls, ziplines, Extreme Airs and jumper products, was awarded its sixth award at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo trade show. The Zippin Zone zipline and Balloon Battles received plenty of praise in the four days of the show.  Director of Marketing Philip Wilson said from the results of the […]

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Universal Orlando Resort to Offer More New Entertainment Experiences in 2012

February 16, 2012 No Comments

In 2012, Universal Orlando Resort will debut more adventure, excitement, laughter and awe-inspiring moments than ever before. The new experiences will begin debuting in February, including a new Blue Man Group show; The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. a Superstar Parade and the nighttime show Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories. And coming […]

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Coast to Coast Offers 95 cent Plush Mix

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Coast to Coast Entertainment is offering a new 95 cent crane mix that will add bright colors and fullness to your cranes. Available is a mix with plush and inflated Knobby Balls and a second mix with plush with smooth, inflated Cartoon Character Balls. “By using a mix with a combination of plush and balls, […]

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Markel Announces Agreement to Acquire Thomco

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Markel Corporation and Thompson Insurance Enterprises, LLC dba Thomco recently announced that they have entered into an agreement for Markel to acquire Thomco, which is headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga. “We are very compatible organizations,” said Greg Thompson, Thomco’s chairman. “Both companies have built an excellent reputation for integrity, customer service and underwriting discipline.  Markel prides […]

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Fun Spot Attractions Moves into Waterparks with SplashTacular, Inc.

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Fun Spot Attractions Owner and President John Arie recently announced the addition of a waterpark component to the Orlando, Fla., location. “Fun Spot Attractions and SplashTacular are the perfect combination, the perfect team. I have no doubt that together we will have the most exciting facility and rides in the area. We are looking forward […]

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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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Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Aquaventronics

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Store on Wheels

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Embed

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

Laser Star

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

American Changer

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Tear Repair

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Rio Syrup

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Art Attack

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

Poly Products

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Perfect Fry

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Penny Press

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Max Flight

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Family Fun Corp.

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

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.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Bulbtronics

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Soft Play

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Spectrum Sports

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

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.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

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Funovation
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