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Amusement and Family Entertainment Business Basics

Thursday, February 16th, 2012 | Permalink

by Christine Pollock |

When you know the basics of the amusement and family entertainment business, it’s easier to provide families with an escape that will please all ages. Draw in the crowds with crowd-pleasing entertainment at fair prices.

Family entertainment companies realize that families need a place to get away and have fun together. When setting up a family entertainment business or working with theme park companies, you might want to address the following issues:

1. What do people want to experience when they go to amusement parks?

2. What kind of talent should you hire for family and kids entertainment?

3. Where should you purchase equipment and supplies for family entertainment centers and amusement parks, and what should you buy?

Create family entertainment centers or amusement parks with popular attractions everyone can enjoy

Before finalizing plans for your family entertainment center, do some research to find what appeals most to the modern family and plan accordingly. You may want to review information that analyzes amusement parks.

Try: Coaster Grotto claims to have the most prestigious awards for the amusement park industry. It lists winners and has reviews detailing why the parks and rides won the awards. The World Waterpark Association offers a page of fun facts citing the history of water parks and interesting research. It lists the most popular water parks in the United States.

Employ entertainers who draw audiences of all ages to theme parks

Whether you want to offer meals with dressed-up characters in your family entertainment center or an acrobatic act at an amusement park or water park, draw people into your park with high-quality entertainment. Learn what duties it’s fair to ask the entertainers to perform before hiring.

Try: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections offers a detailed listing of what a family entertainment provider should expect to pay hired talent. It offers easy links to specialized services for more information. EntertainmentCareers.Net encourages employers to sift through its web pages to find entertainers with talents that suit their purposes. Its easy-to-use format also allows business owners to post job descriptions and receive applications from potential employees.

Seek expert advice when purchasing supplies for theme parks and family entertainment centers

Local family entertainment centers and theme parks become popular escapes, especially when they offer something more than rides. Consult with experts and do some research to determine what you should offer.

Acquiring used amusement FEC equipment is also a great idea. With expert advice you can get second hand equipment in good condition, which will lower the costs of starting up your business.

Try: offers a list of consultants from around the country that specialize in the amusement industry. suggests vendors from around the country that offer family entertainment supplies ranging from coin-operated machines to themed retail stores and theatrical equipment.


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Go-Karts for Fun Centers and Attractions: Go Karting for Fun Centers and Beyond

Friday, July 15th, 2011 | Permalink

An amazing little vehicle that started out as a way for airmen in the 1950s to kill some time has gradually turned into a popular worldwide sport for many. The go kart has quick become a phenomenon all over the world. Art Ingels was given credit for inventing the go kart when he built his very first one in 1956. That first kart was little more than a riding lawn mower compared to the models available today. Today, modern go karts can travel 160 mph or faster. Now that’s pretty amazing.

There are many different words to call them: go karts, go carts, go-karts, shifter karts, gokarts, enduro carts, off road go karts and other variations. Go karts are related to Formula One and Indy Car open-wheel racing. One thing is clear, getting behind the wheel of one is exciting. Many professional race car drivers, including Michael Schumacher, Sarah Fisher, Darrell Waltrip, Tony Stewart and Kyle Petty all got their start on the go kart racing circuit.

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So what exactly makes a gokart a gokart? Gokarts have a motor, transmission, chassis, seat and 4 tires. Since they don’t have a suspension, the chassis has to provide flexibility while retaining enough stiffness to let the kart grip around the track, especially through the turns. The chassis can be either be closed, also known as a caged chassis, which allows protection for the driver in the event of a rollover, or open, which provides no driver protection.

Engines used in gokarts are typically either 2-stroke or 4-stroke. The 2-stroke engine is usually more specialized and is made by companies like Honda or Briggs and Stratton. The 4-stroke engine is usually the standard type used in lawn mowers. The 2-stroke is typically more powerful than the 4-stroke and can be up to 30 horsepower or more.

As with Formula One racing, the kart tires can be either rain tires or slicks. Slicks have no tread and are used to achieve the best traction on a dry track. Rain tires are used during wet weather and have a tread. Icy conditions warrant specially-made spiked tires that give good grip on slippery surfaces.

Gokarts can be a stepping stone for drivers who want to work their way up to professional Formula One or Indy Car racing. It’s a less expensive way to get involved with racing. Of course, go karts are not just for those who aspire to become professional drivers. Mostly go karts are raced by people who want to have a little fun. Their popularity has reached all over the world. There are kart tracks for every skill level, from the extremely tame tracks located in family fun centers and amusement parks, to high end speed grand prix karting tracks found in larger cities.

Go carts are a great acquisition for fun centers. You can get your gokart from a store specialized in used amusement equipment or used amusement center equipment, and get your business going.

With the many different stages available for go kart drivers today, anyone can race at a comfortable level. The sky is the limit to a talented driver, who, with a lot of practice and a little luck, may just find himself racing alongside a professional someday. It is an exciting possibility.


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