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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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Tropical Palm Trees Offers a Unique Shower System

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Tropical Palm Trees has introduced the newest innovation to their line of artificial outdoor trees, The “Oasis” Shower Palm.  This exciting new product is ideal for pool and beach areas. Guests will appreciate this convenient way to clean off sand, oil and chlorine. The unit is engineered to withstand extreme conditions and harsh environments.

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Embed Names Jason Kort Marketing Director

January 5, 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 appointment of Jason Kort as marketing director. Kort’s initial focus will be working with customers on ways to improve and enhance their Embed user experience from a marketing perspective. Additionally, Kort will work […]

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Innovators of Interactive Play Join Largest USA Waterslide Manufacturer

January 5, 2012 No Comments

SplashTacular, Inc., the largest United States‐based waterslide manufacturer, has selected industry veterans Mark Weston and Anthony Imbrogno, creators of FunTraptions™ products and brand, to become part of the company’s expanding team of professionals, a team that offers a full range of waterpark products, from signature rides and slides, to sophisticated play structures, interactive water features […]

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Sponsors

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Embed

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Penny Press

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

American Changer

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

Soft Play

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Bulbtronics

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Perfect Fry

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Poly Products

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Max Flight

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

Knight Equipment

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Store on Wheels

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Formula K Raceways

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Laser Star

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Spectrum Sports

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Aquaventronics

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Tear Repair

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Art Attack

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Extreme Engineering

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

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.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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