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Laser Tag Introduced to East Texas

Monday, June 20th, 2011 | Permalink

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Longview, Texas, USA – Today, Mark and Susan Watson of Longview brings laser tag to East Texas. 20 people at a time can now play the exciting game of laser tag at their new Lazer X – Longview center. Featuring equipment and theming from Intersphere LaserGames, their new center gives citizens of East Texas a fun place to enjoy their parties, video games, and laser tag.

“We are very supportive of Mark and Susan,” said Todd Ferson, CEO of Intersphere. “These entrepreneurs have done a great job of building a center that delivers high-quality entertainment.”

The Watson’s new laser tag center offers parties for offices, birthdays, groups, and families. “I am excited to be bringing this interactive entertainment venture to the Longview area,” Mark Watson said. “It’s a great way for families to get together, to play, and have fun.” Commenting on the LaZerware™ system, Mark said that “The real-time scoring system keeps up-to-the-second ranking for each individual.”

The large, 6,000 square feet, arena features such special effects as motion-detecting mines, complex puzzles, and interactive robots. “All this with Lazer-X’s adrenaline-surging music guarantees players an intense thrill,” Mark said. “The whole idea behind Lazer-X is to play, pretend, and have fun.”

Many people have already turned out to enjoy the excitement, pizza, and beverages that are served in glow-in-the-dark cups. Susan Watson reports that “It’s been exciting. We’ve had lots of people who’ve had lots of fun.”

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Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation Hosts Laser Tag Fundraiser

Monday, June 20th, 2011 | Permalink

NEWPORT, KY, March 03, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — Newly founded Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation announces its first major fundraiser, one that promises fun for the entire family. On March 14, the Lazer Kraze in Erlanger, who is a sponsor of the NKY Youth Foundation, will be hosting three hours of unlimited laser fun with 100 percent of the profits benefiting the foundation.

“As an organization dedicated to the community’s youth and families, we couldn’t think of a better family oriented fundraiser than an event at Lazer Kraze,” Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation president Ryan Courtade said. “All proceeds from this evening of fun will be invested back in the community through
the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation’s after school and summer programs.”

The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation benefit at Lazer Kraze will be held Sunday, March 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. There are 117 tickets available which can be purchased in advance by emailing info@nkyyouth.org, or by calling (859) 795-1506. The cost is $15 per person. Lazer Kraze is located at 1335 Donaldson in Erlanger, Kentucky.

The NKY Youth Foundation is now accepting donations and business sponsors. More information about the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation can be accessed at: http://www.nkyyouth.org.

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The top Laser Tag Device & Laser Tag Toys On the market

Monday, June 20th, 2011 | Permalink

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If your searching for a interesting sport you can play and enjoy with friends, then laser tag is the perfect choice. You’ll be able to select exactly how extreme you would like the adventure to be before you begin and how competitive you desire that it is. Many play just for the exercise and fun.  But if your trying to find a fun sport activity that you can play and luxuriate in with close friends, then laser tag is a wonderful selection.

You are able to choose how aggressive you wish the overall game for being before starting and the way cut-throat you want it to be. Many people play only for the physical exercise and enjoyment, while others use on groups and therefore are competitive on the maximum. Regardless of the level you intend to play at you will not be disappointed of course, if your like many people, you should purchase a good laser tag battle system that includes a least a fair quality set of guns for your own use.

To try out laser tag correctly, you might want a significant high quality laser tag system and good accessories. Few things are more frustrating than cheap laser tag equipment it does not work right half the time. Such as everything, its not all devices are created in the same way. You want well built laser guns with durable devices that caithstand some abuse yet still sustain well. The chief object of indoor or outdoor laser tag would be to strike as numerous targets as you can. There are numerous activities that are possible to play and get innovative and produce own games.

The experience of laser tag has all the features of alot of sporting activities, and without the many contact sport situations that induce accidental injuries. Each player gets some good exercise, it’s important to think and plan and discover how to band together as a team. It takes a combination of physical and mental control that’s great exercise and also hardwearing head sharp. Plus it offers you to be able to compete to get better at being competitive. An excellent benefit is its merely enjoyment. Laser tag is an excellent activity for some most occasions, such as any type of party and other special attractions. You can find all the family taking part. Even grandfather and grandmother would probably adore to sign on.

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Universal Studios: Say goodbye to Jimmy Neutron ride

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | Permalink

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Jimmy Neutron’s days are numbered at Universal Studios. The theme park announced Monday that the Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast attraction, will close on April 1 to begin preparations for a new attraction in that space.

Universal did not give details about the replacement attraction, but Internet speculation revolves around the “Despicable Me” movie that was released last year.

Universal’s press release says the new attraction will be “a natural fit” for the theme park and that it’s “just one of many exciting things planned for the next couple of years.”

Although the attraction will be shuttered April 1, Universal says it will reopen periodically this spring and summer. It will close permanently on Aug. 18, Universal says.

Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon blast is a simulator ride near the front of Universal Studios theme park, recognizable by Nickelodeon splatter of paint near the top of the building. It opened in April of 2003, replacing The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, which was one of the first rides in the Universal park when it opened in 1990.

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The Boardwalk’s Oldest Ride

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | Permalink

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Whether you call it a merry-go-round, carousel, or whirligig, visitors have always been enchanted with the Boardwalk’s oldest ride. In 2011 the Boardwalk celebrates 100 Years of Carousel Magic, starring the 100-year-old Looff carousel.

In August of 1911 one of the great carousel carvers of all time delivered the merry-go-round to the Boardwalk. Danish woodcarver Charles I.D. Looff had achieved success with his first complete carousel placed at Coney Island in 1875 and went on to create several more around the country, including Santa Cruz. Charles’ son Arthur Looff later built the Boardwalk’s Giant Dipper.

According to Charles I.D. Looff’s great-granddaughter, Charleen Cowan, Looff was an immigrant to America as a young man when he chose his middle initials. Ellis Island officials told Looff he had to have a middle name “for his I.D.” (or identification), so he chose “I.D.” Looff’s sense of humor and personality show in his hand-carved horses.

Several of the Boardwalk’s carousel horses display their teeth in open smiles; others are more serious, with a gentle demeanor and closed mouths. Each horse is unique, with colorful details, from swords at their sides to garlands of flowers around their necks. Real horse hair tails, muscular bodies, and decorative, jeweled trappings also add to the charm. In all, the carousel is home to 73 horses (71 jumpers and two standers) and two Roman chariots decorated with the heads of rams and cherubs.

It is also one of only a handful of carousels in the world still featuring a working ring dispenser. Rings were once hand loaded by “ring boys,” as the young employees were called. The process was mechanized in 1950. Steel rings are used today, with brass plated rings added on special occasions. Riders on outside horses can grab rings from a dispenser as they spin, then toss them into a large clown’s gaping mouth, rewarded by bells and flashing lights.

Music for the carousel is provided by a 342-pipe Ruth und Sohn band organ built in 1894. THe “Ruth” as it is affectionately called has played alongside the carousel since 1911. The rare, German-made music machine received a beautiful new facade and complete refurbishment in 2009. In 2007, a rare Wurlitzer 165 Band Organ from San Francisco’s (now closed) Playland-at-the-Beach amusement park was purchased by the Boardwalk. Both organs can be seen (and heard!) in the carousel building.

With the passing of Looff and his peers, the art of carving carousel horses has almost disappeared. Due to scarcity, they have become collectible and increasingly valuable. The Boardwalk’s entire carousel cost $18,000 in 1911; now, a pair of the Looff horses are valued at more than that.

Carousel horses seem magical, ethereal, and even immortal; the reality is that these beautiful carved figures are sturdy but all too mortal. Over the years some of the Boardwalk’s Looff horses have been lost to the ravages of time and wear. However, the Boardwalk was able to reinstate its collection in 1978 with the acquisition of additional Looff horses from parks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Belmont Park in San Diego.

To preserve their beauty and enhance their value, the Boardwalk has restored many of the steeds and continues to do so. Each charger must be chemically stripped of all paint; the next step is to repair legs, knees, surface holes, or cracks in the wood by using dowels and wood fillers.

In many cases the horses’ saddles, knees, and other areas that are subject to rough wear are coated with fiberglass for added protection. Worn details such as decorated saddles and manes are re-carved or rebuilt with wood putty prior to sanding and painting.

An expensive process costing about $2,000 per horse, restoration is as much a preservation of history as the refurbishment of an amusement park ride. Ongoing maintenance includes touching up worn or chipped paint, mechanical adjustments and repairs, and frequent polishing of the ride’s many brass poles and ornate mirrors.

Visitors from around the world have enjoyed the carousel, and the hard-working antique has enjoyed its share of glory. It has been seen in a variety of feature films, commercials, and made-for-television movies. Film credits include “The Lost Boys” and “The King of Love” (1987), “Brotherhood of Justice” (1986), and “Sudden Impact” (1983). In 1987 the U.S. Park Service declared the ornate merry-go-round a National Historic Landmark along with the Boardwalk’s 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster.

The admission-free Boardwalk is the site of 35 rides, including its circling star: the beloved merry-go-round.

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AMUSEMENT PARK SAFETY: RIDE RESTRAINTS

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 | Permalink

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REALITY:

  • Restraints vary according to both their design and ride type, thus allowing a significant level of specialization, including the widespread use of individually-adjustable restraints.
  • Restraint design is typically based upon a 95 percentile physical profile that comfortably accommodates the vast majority of a ride’s population segment.  Manufacturer guidelines help parks address the remaining guests whose physical attributes are outside this parameter due to size, disability, or other factors.  Such actions can include adjusting the seating location of certain patrons.
  • Many parks offer riders information regarding the issues of size and disability in the form of facility signage, printed or web materials, and model “test yourself” seats at the start of queue lines.
  • Restraints undergo rigorous testing in their design phase, and industry guidelines in this area have been continuously augmented through the ASTM process.  Restraints are tailored to handle the intended forces of a ride and the reasonably foreseeable actions of its riders.
  • Restraints are designed redundantly, in that (1) there are often at least two restraint devices on a ride, and (2) any restraint is just one part of a ride’s overall safety package.
  • Information on restraint changes or updates is shared via the normal ASTM International standards development process and other industry forums (seminars, etc.), as well as via ASTM protocols for manufacturers to inform parks of ride-related safety changes and via state/local agencies exchanging data with each other.

MYTH: Ride restraints are especially dangerous for children because they were not designed with children in mind.

REALITY:

  • The rate of incidents on children’s rides, or “kiddie” rides, those being rides expressly designed for younger children, is quite low.  According to data reported by the National Safety Council, only 10 percent (134 injuries) of all injuries (1,309 total) occurred on children’s rides in 2007.
  • Furthermore, the NSC reports that only 2.7 percent of all ride related injuries were serious enough to necessitate immediate hospitalization.  This means that only 4  of these incidents occurring on children’s rides fell under the category of “serious injury”.
  • Theme parks take the issue of safety just as seriously with “kiddie” rides as they do with their larger counterparts.  Parks are partners in safety along with their guests in all things, including concerns parents may have regarding younger riders.  “Guest Relations” offices will be more than happy to help any parent with questions regarding what rides might, or might not, be appropriate for their children as well as help parents tailor their day to their family’s specific needs so they may enjoy their experience safely.

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AMUSEMENT PARK AND ATTRACTIONS INDUSTRY TRIVIA

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | Permalink

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A European invention: “amusement parks” and “theme parks” are often regarded as typically American – however, amusement parks were first created in the “old world.”
The world’s oldest operating amusement park is Bakken in Klampenborg, Denmark, which dates to 1583. The oldest continually operating amusement park in the United States is Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, USA, which opened in 1846.
Many people believe that America’s fascination with amusement parks began with the opening of the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island, New York, in 1927. Originally costing only $175,000 (Є146,000) to construct, the coaster still operates at Astroland amusement park in New York, USA.
“Rides” are the number one reason Americans visit amusement parks, according to an IAAPA survey. Of the many rides available, 46 percent of people say that their favorite ride is the roller coaster.
There are more than 2,500 roller coasters in the world. Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is the fastest coaster in the world at 149.1 mph. Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA, is the world’s tallest standing 456 feet tall.
The Colossus Roller Coaster located in Thorpe Park, Chertsey, Surrey, UK, and 10 Inversion Roller Coaster located in Chimelong Paradise, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China are ranked as the roller coasters with the most inversions at a total of ten inversions.
The oldest operating Ferris wheel is located in Europe at The Prater, Vienna, Austria. It was built in 1897.
The popular amusement park ride, the Tilt-A-Whirl, can accommodate 500 people every hour.
The first carousel-like rides were used in the 1600s to train European princes for horse competitions.
The first “roller coaster” was invented in Russia in the 1600s. People hopped on carved-out blocks of ice and careened down snowy hillsides for fun. Technology has since improved!
The word “fun” appears in more amusement park names than any other descriptive word.
The largest amusement park, by acreage, is Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, which encompasses 47 square miles.
Former Today show host Dave Garroway’s popular chimp, J. Fred Muggs, spent his retirement performing at Busch Gardens Tampa, earning $50,000 (Є41,000) a year.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, USA, was based loosely on Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, an icon of Disneyland and the entrance to Fantasyland was reputedly replicated from Schloss Neuschwanstein, a castle in the southern state of Bavaria in Germany and built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria in 1869.
Paramount ’s Carowinds Park has the state line of North and South Carolina running right through it.
Spaceship Earth, the star spangled geosphere at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center weighs 16 million pounds and is 180 feet tall. It can be spotted by aircraft flying along the Eastern Coast of Florida!
Favorite amusement park foods: Cotton Candy was invented in the late 1800s and made its international debuts at the 1900 Paris Exposition and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Americans consume 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There are six different types of corn, but only one type (called “popcorn”) can be used to make popcorn.
According to an IAAPA survey, 94 percent of people that visit amusement parks have a favorite amusement park food. 28 percent of those surveyed prefer funnel cake, 17 percent prefer ice cream, 14 percent prefer pizza, 13 percent prefer hot dogs, and 12 percent prefer cotton candy.
The popular amusement park and family entertainment center game Whac-A-Mole has been around for more than 25 years and Hasbro even sells home versions!
The top four attractions at a family entertainment center include kids’ games, miniature golf, coin operated games, and redemption games.
The first patented game of miniature golf was called “Tom Thumb Golf” and was built on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee, USA, by Garnet Carter in 1927 to draw traffic to the hotel he owned.
The first popular “arcade games” were early amusement park midway games such as shooting galleries, ball toss games, and the earliest coin-operated machines, such as those which claim to tell a person their fortune or played mechanical music. Although none of these were coin-operated games themselves, the old midways of 1920s-era amusement parks (such as Coney Island in New York, USA) provided the inspiration and atmosphere of later arcade games.
The earliest coin-operated pinball machines were made in the 1930s. They were made of wood, did not have plungers or lit-up bonus surfaces on the playing field, and used mechanical scoring. Around 1977, most pinball machines in production switched to using solid state electronics for both operation and scoring.
Between 1976 and 2005 the German Dorothea Spohler-Claußen visited amusement parks all over the world 1,108 times which consequently earned her a place in the Guiness Book of World Records. Her favorite park is the Hansa Park in Sierksdorf, Germany which she visited 200 times.

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Arcade Game Superstore Partnering with FreeFind.com

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | Permalink

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November 21, 2006 – Arcade Game Superstore announced today that it has partnered with FreeFind to offer a more advanced search functionality to it’s website. FreeFind adds a “search this website” feature to your website, making your site easier to use and reporting to you what your visitors are searching for.

FreeFind offers high quality, high performance search solutions for business and professional web sites including automatic daily re-indexing, unlimited on-demand re-indexing, complete customization of results pages using quick and easy wizards or advanced HTML templates for detailed control.

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Destineer Brings Classic Arcade Games to Wii

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 | Permalink

[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
For Immediate Release

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – July 30, 2010 – Experience the fantasy adventures that became a cultural phenomenon! Game publisher Destineer today announces a partnership with Digital Leisure Inc. to develop Dragon’s Lair Trilogy, bringing three timeless arcade adventures together on one disc for Wii TM : Dragon’s Lair, Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp, and Space Ace. For the first time ever on a console platform, you can experience the stunning visuals and engaging storylines from all three of these classic arcade games created by legendary American animator Don Bluth. Lead on brave adventurer, your quest awaits!

An instant hit in its 1983 debut, Dragon’s Lair is one of the most beloved arcade games of all time. As valiant knight Dirk the Daring, immerse yourself in a fantasy adventure on a quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the clutches of an evil dragon. You control the actions of the daring adventurer, finding your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles.

Straight off the success of Dragon’s Lair, Don Bluth and his creative team began working on a galactic adventure known as Space Ace! In Space Ace you play the heroic Ace who must stop the evil Commander Borf from taking over the Earth! Only two people have the courage and strength to stop Borf and save Earth: the beautiful Kimberly and Ace. But as they approach Borf’s stronghold, Ace is hit by the Infanto Ray, changing him into a child, and Kimberly is kidnapped by the evil madman! The fate of Earth is in your hands!

In the sequel to the smash-hit, Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp allows you to once again play the heroic Dirk the Daring, who must stop the Evil Wizard Mordroc as he has kidnapped Princess Daphne and taken her through time! But you must hurry, for once the Casket of Doom has opened, Mordroc will place the Death Ring upon Daphne’s finger in marriage and she will be lost forever… in the Time Warp!

Features:

Completely arcade authentic
Original arcade gameplay modes
Remastered animation
Both standard and widescreen editions
All-new move guides for beginners
Watch Mode – View all of the stunning animation without playing!

Dragon’s Lair Trilogy will be available this fall for a suggested retail price of $29.99 for Wii.

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Universal Orlando Resort Streams Live Grand Opening Event Footage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Online

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 | Permalink

WHAT: Universal Orlando Resort invites viewers to watch the official grand opening events for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter live onwww.UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotterNews.

Viewers will be treated to highly-visual and entertaining events commemorating the opening of the world’s most anticipated entertainment experience. Viewers may even get a glimpse of stars from the “Harry Potter” films who will be in attendance at the events.

Live updates from the grand opening events will also be shared on Universal Orlando Resort’s Twitter page – www.twitter.com/UORnews.

More than five years in the making, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most highly anticipated entertainment experience of 2010. The 20-acre area inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant and brings the magic of Harry Potter to life.

WHEN:
Celebrity Preview* — Wednesday, June 16 from 9:30 – 10:00 PM EDT
Official Public Grand Opening — Friday, June 18 from 9:00 – 9:30 AM EDT

NOTES: Go to www.UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotterNews and click on the LIVE FEED button at the top left of the home page (next to the RSS feeds button)

MEDIA CONTACT: Universal Orlando Resort Public Relations, (407) 363-8220,www.UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotterNews

*Private event; not open to the public

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HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.
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