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2009 Theme Index Shows Industry is Holding Its Own: Bowl Expo Takes Center Stage

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The just-released AECOM/TEA 2009 Theme Index shows the rankings and attendance increases/decreases for the Top 25 Theme Parks (in the world, and separately for the United States) and for the Top 20 Waterparks (in the world, and separately for the United States.)  The results are quite interesting to evaluate when tracked alongside the world and […]

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June 2010

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The Large Park Report 18    CoCo Key: A Waterpark Resort Fills a Gap in the Orlando Market – The fiercely competitive Orlando, Fla., entertainment market might seem an unlikely place to launch a waterpark-hotel hybrid, but Colorado-based Sage Hospitality has done just that, and is finding the venture to be highly successful. Business Strategies 22   […]

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TAP Covers the Many Communities of the Fun Marketplace

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Well-planned, maintained and executed family entertainment centers are top choices for budget-conscious families. And as the industry never stands still, we offer valuable operating tips and industry trends articles in our Family Entertainment Center Report. In this issue we examine a wide spectrum of issues of interest to center owners and managers. At bowling centers, […]

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Training and Retaining for Best Performance

April 28, 2010 No Comments

Zoos and aquariums face the same challenges as corporations when it comes to hiring and retaining employees. No matter what the economic conditions, the right personnel have to be in place to ensure customer safety and guest satisfaction. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, Calif., is owned by the City of Los Angeles, which […]

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Safe Havens

Safe Havens

April 28, 2010 No Comments

There is nothing much more fun to a kid than running, climbing, jumping or playing sports, except perhaps doing all of those things in one place. That is why family entertainment centers (FECs) have been so successful through the years. Parents seek out places where their children can run wild and let loose, while being […]

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Our Annual Buyer’s Guide Issue

February 5, 2010 No Comments

This issue we bring you the 2010 edition of our Who’s Who Buyers’ Guide. As you strive to make your many business plans realities for your guests and employees, the guide can assist you in finding the perfect goods and services to move your company ahead of the competition. Sticking with goals, listening to and […]

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2010 Is Off to a Great Start

2010 Is Off to a Great Start

February 1, 2010 No Comments

The economy is slowly waking up from the long nap it took in 2009. People are still cautious, but are actively thinking about changing the way they do business and doing their homework, going to shows, attending seminars, and using Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine to gain more information. Knowledge is power in today’s highly […]

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Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Art Attack

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Perfect Fry

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Rio Syrup

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

Knight Equipment

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Spectrum Sports

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Penny Press

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

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