4 Hot Amusements & Novelties For Your 2017 Holiday Company Party

It’s time for your company to start planning for the holiday party. But it’s not fun to do the same things year after year or to do what everyone else is doing. So, this year, stand out by considering these four Amusement Masters’ super-fun entertainment options!

PHOTO BOOTHS & SELFIE STATIONS
What better way to remember your time at your office party than with a photo booth or selfie station, right? With our Photo Booths you can go into a booth and take photos with friends and coworkers. Have us add some props, and you really and the fun and silly. Then print your photos out and take them home…extending the memory beyond the holidays!VIP Photo Booth

Or, add a selfie station like our DC Digital or the Instacam Station. What is a selfie station? Well, instead of going inside a photo booth and having to print off your photos, a selfie station is just a free-standing station. Our selfie stations allow party guests to choose from amazing backdrops, green screen effects, and filters just like the apps on your phone. Plus, you can send these photos instantly to your phone or social media accounts!DC Digital

GOURMET COTTON CANDY
Another fun idea is to add a cotton candy booth to your party activities and dessert stations. But not just any cotton candy…Amusement Masters Gourmet Cotton Candy! A sugary treat that’s perfect for all ages – our cotton candy is made in a wide variety of flavors (some very unique) and each made from air-spun organic evaporated cane juice, using only 100% all-natural flavors and colors. Here are a couple of great ideas to customize and make this more of an ‘adult’ station:

Add LED lights! We can really bring your cotton candy offerings to life by adding LED-filled handles. This is great when you want to add a night-club feel or simply light up the party.

Mix in cotton candy into some cocktails! Mixing champagne with your cotton candy is a deliciously sweet addition to any adult cotton candy booth.Cotton-Candy GLO STICKS (1)

CASINO
Keep your party entertaining by bringing the casino to the office. Bring in craps table, black jack, poker, Texas hold ‘em, roulette or other must-play casino games. You can rent these tables from various companies, or just grab some tables and set them up yourself. They are a fun and inexpensive way to make sure your guests have the time of their lives! You can even build a party theme around it, like the Roaring Twenties. Have fun with it!Casino AM 2

LED GAMES
Captivate guests and light up the evening with the glow of LED lit games. From an electric dance floor to glowing billiards or radiant ping pong, LED Games add unique entertainment to parties instead of the traditional. If you want to see your guests leave the party with a glowing smile then LIGHT UP your event!LED Dance Floor

What Is A DMC And What Can They Do For You?

At Amusement Masters we love working with some of the best DMC companies across the United States. We’re known for providing exceptional event entertainment and amusements to DMCs and their clients – a win-win relationship for all involved. However, when we mention that this type of company is a niche that’s a large percentage of the clients we service we often receive the question, ‘What is a DMC?’. In the spirit of educating today, we’re sharing more about what exactly a DMC is and how using one might just be a great fit for your needs!DMC Blog Artwork BMT


WHAT IS A DMC?
A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a service offered by professionals to help provide you with an extensive array of services including expertise and knowledge on various events, event coordination, tours, trips, and locations to which you are choosing to travel to. They can also help you work out the logistics of you and your group’s trip, such as travel and accommodations as well as events, activities, and things to do once you arrive at your destination. These services can continue throughout the continuation and duration of your stay.

WHAT EXACT SERVICES DOES A DMC OFFER?
A DMC can offer whatever kind of service you as need as a business traveler to make your trip (and the trip of your group) a memorable one. Most DMC companies will provide an array of services including anything from meeting venues to a business group to transportation from the airport to a final destination. Many DMCs will be happy to help book events during your stay if you want to visit local attractions or museums or find other fun activities and excursions to do. Many coordinate for business people the use of conference centers and places to hold their meetings. Others are happy to secure venues for parties and events. They are wonderful resources for finding someone to cater food, provide event design and decor, or entertainment for any event you may be hosting.

HOW MUCH DOES A DMC COST? 
Cost will really depend on the services you need and how much work the company has to do as to what it will cost you to hire their services. Most DMC companies will charge a fee to hire their staff, and this fee will cover their research and booking costs for their time for the workers at the company. You will also have to pay separately for the services you receive based on the vendors or external companies they recommend you use for various services. DMC’s are great at working with budgets for functions and events to find something that meets the client’s price range. Be sure to let them know up front what you can spend so they find activities that fit within your budget.

BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPECT:
When you are giving the DMC descriptions of the events you want to book be sure to be as thorough as possible. Give details of what exact events you are going to hold or what specific kinds of travel your group requires. Specify the types of transportation and lodging you prefer. There’s no such thing as giving too many details. The more the DMC knows about your needs list the more they can do to meet your specific needs and expectations.

CHECK TO SEE IF MARKUPS EXIST:
It’s also a good idea to check with the DMC to see if their fee for their services is all they charge, or if they charge an extra fee for each individual event they book or service they provide. For example, many services can be marked up much as 10-20% of the cost of the service than if you were to find and book it yourself. This is in addition to the fee that the agency or company will charge on their own to even get them to do the research and booking for you. Be sure you are willing to pay all these fees by reading the fine-print before moving forward.

From Nashville to New Orleans to Austin, Texas and beyond, we work with wonderful DMCs that are accomplishing great things for their clients across the United States. If you’re looking to build a relationship with a Destination Management Company feel free to click and connect with us – we’d love to connect you with a great DMC company or service near you!

Spider-Man Climbs The Ninja Tower Before Hitting Summer Cinemas

The newest film in the series of Marvel Comics movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming opened last week with a successful summer box office weekend…making it the #1 movie in the world. But just the week before Spider-Man was swinging into our Lynchburg, Virginia event and climbing the Ninja Tower! Thanks Spider-Man, we look forward to you dropping in again soon. Next time, check out our Adrenalator!

Spider-Man on Ninja Tower

ABOUT THE FILM:
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second time actor Tom Holland has played Spider-Man. The first exciting time was in Captain America: Civil War where we saw Holland bring the new iteration of this superhero to life. It was thrilling then and even more so in his own stand alone movie. Finally we get to see an awkward Peter Parker turn into the hero we all want to see. The film’s timeline begins directly after Spider-Man’s fight along side the Avengers in 2016’s Civil War. There is a bit of plot that gives the audience some context from eight years before during the Avenger’s NYC fight with Loki.

Peter Parker has some typical teenage moments with his adult mentors Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), who offer advice that Peter follows and also ignores. With the addition of Tony Stark into the Spider-Man franchise fans are given a full dose of the Marvel Universe that they have been clambering about for years. Aunt May played by Marisa Tomei is also fabulous and gives us some of the more family moments of this much needed teenage format. 
 
This version of Spider-Man and Peter Parker is less cocky that some of the other offerings we’ve been spoon fed through the years. Something that Holland latches onto and really makes his own. It is part of what makes the story believable and what makes Holland so lovable. The movie delivers some genuinely effective action/suspense, ranging from the Washington Monument to the Staten Island Ferry to Coney Island and beyond. Director Jon Watts has put together a well crafted movie for the superhero genre. Sure there are bad guys and explosions, but the movie has a lot of heart and just the right amount of CGI.
 
Overall, this is the best of the Spider-Man movies – by far. Actually using a teenage actor in the role of Spider-Man is very pleasing and genuinely needed for believability. As for story, this might be the best superhero story so far to have gotten it so right. If you’re a fan or not this is a good movie on its own merits. Swing down to your friendly neighborhood theater and catch it on the big screen!

What’s New In Games For 2017?!!

It’s a brand new year! We love the beginning of a new year because it gives us a chance to reflect on the past and gear up for the future. To take inventory of what our clients are loving, but also consider what they’d like to see more of. It’s an exciting time at Amusement Masters’ as it’s ‘out with the old, and in with the new!’

If we were to choose one-word that describes new games and amusements being added to inventory this year it would be ‘innovative.’ Technology driven games have made their way into events and we’re beyond excited to bring those entertainment options to you. From virtual reality systems, to thrilling race courses and physical challenges (like the Adrenalator), we’ve added loads of new inventory that we can’t wait to bring to events across the United States!

Below are a few of our favorite new additions. You can view the ENTIRE 2016 new games list (that’s always growing!) by visiting us online at www.amusementmasters.com/new-for-2017!

INFLATABLE GIANT PLINKO
This game is America’s favorite Plinko game straight from the TV game show, The Price is Right, and brings it to you giant and inflatable! It’s entertainment that’ll make a HUGE impact on your event. Players take turns tossing balls into the top of the game, to see which winning pockets their balls will land in. It’s fun, fast-paced and perfect for carnival events to team building events! For more information about this game click here.
Plinko

9-HOLE PUTT PUTT (with or without Blacklight)
Everyone loves mini putt putt! Our 9-hole course is fun for events of all types and guests of all ages and abilities. We’ve added a fresh new course design, with lots of turns, twists and challenges. Without a doubt, this 9-Hole Putt Putt will thrill and delight your event guests – add black light for even more fun! Click here for more information on this game.
9-Hole Putt PuttTHE ADRENALATOR
This addition is a one-of-a-kind race course that will have your event participants competing as they run up a 15’ long moving treadmill at a 27º incline, and then race down via a 15’ long slide. It’s absolutely perfect for team building and sporting events. It’s super fun to try, and just as much fun to watch people race on it. Who would YOU like to challenge to a race on the ADRENALATOR? Click here for more information on this game.
AdrenalatorBALLISTIC SWING
Oh what a ride! Guests at your event will ‘GO’ ballistic when they experience our new Ballistic ride! A large scale swing ride, it’s super fast and riders get almost completely horizontal as they swing around and around. For both child and adult riders, this carnival style swing ride accommodates up to 3 passengers per seat. Adding this event entertainment will impress even the most seasoned of thrill seekers! Click here for more information on this ride.
ballisticDC DIGITAL PHOTO BOOTH WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND GIF INTEGRATION
It’s just not an event until you add a photo booth for some serious silly selfies! Our 4-strip DC Digital Photo Booth with social media and gif options adds ultra fun for any type of event. This booth has the ability to fit just about anywhere. Bring the power of social media and selfies to your event – this booth will have guests sharing photos and video messages via a variety of social networks! For more information on this game click here
DC DigitalHEC VIVE & COMPUTERIZED VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM
Virtual Reality is no longer a dream – we can bring it to your event! Putting on our VIVE headset will wash away the real world and lead to a fantastical experience for your event guests. From games to destination experiences – this new virtual reality system offers an unparalleled sense of immersion! For more information on this game click here
HTC Vive VR System*All New* VIRTUAL SPORTS SYSTEM
This brand new Virtual Sports System brings the latest in gaming technology right to your event! Playing solo, in pairs, or by teams, event guests will interact with the state-of-the-art computer graphics and animation to play their favorite sports. Select from a wide variety of sports – golf, baseball, archery, shooting range, Zombie shooting range and more. Everyone gets the chance to play with this newest VR system rockin’ the sports world! For more information on this game click here.
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Amusement Masters Appoints Shane Cochran As New General Manager

Shane Cochran AMInteractive game and amusements company that provides nationwide services, Amusement Masters announces today that Shane Cochran will fill the position of General Manager leading the charge to further develop the growth of regional and national accounts. Shane Cochran comes with a wealth of experience within the special events and event entertainment industry, having spent the last three years at Amusement Masters Shane has been instrumental in acquiring numerous large accounts.

Shane’s new role as General Manager will leverage his unique events game, entertainment and amusement experience against his exceptional customer service background. He will continue servicing many of the top companies in the Amusement Masters’ portfolio and expand his reach with developing clients. Shane shares “I am very pleased and excited to start this new endeavor with Amusement Masters and look forward to working with the team in an expanded role. We have unique interactive entertainment products that I’m proud of. I’m very fortunate to be a part of such a caring, professional and fun loving group of people.”

Kelly Smink, Owner and CEO of Amusement Masters says, “Shane’s event experience combined with his industry knowledge makes him a valuable asset to our ever growing company. We believe his new role will continue to make our services and event services appealing to more and more accounts nationwide. Amusement Masters puts clients first and Shane is always a customer advocate for making the most of an event. I’m confident that Shane will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.”


ABOUT US:
Founded in 1999, Amusement Masters has become a leader in the arena of amusement and interactive entertainment for the special events and hospitality industries. Positioned as a strategic partner, Amusement Masters works one-on-one with event planners, destination management companies, schools and military event planners across the United States to create memorable and unique event experiences. Leading the charge is their mascot Game Girl Gigi – who in the youthful likeness of Amusement Masters’ owner Kelly Smink keeps clients up to date with the latest interactives and event trends. For more information on Amusement Masters visit their website, FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Photo Novelty Entertainment That’s Also A Party Favor!

As we move into holiday season your list of party planning ‘to dos’ can get longer and longer. But no worries, we have a solution! Check (√) entertainment AND check (√) party favors both off your list by bringing in a photo novelty activity from Amusement Masters!

Photo novelties bring memory making moments to events that guests can take with them…here, there, and everywhere! With this type of entertainment our team will take your guests picture during a live photo shoot – that image is then incorporated into an activity or product in another fun way. We have a long list of fun, creative and innovative photo novelty options that can be customized for any type of event and for all-ages.

Wondering how to keep a group of 13-year-olds entertained? Book an open-air green screen photo booth! Or wondering how to engage your brand with a group of partying adult conference-goers? Book our Virtual Graffiti Wall or Brain Art booth! From grand to small and intimate, we have a party novelty out there for all tastes. Here are just a few of our favorites – 

GREEN SCREEN PHOTOS
The Amusement Masters’ digital photo studio with green screen background is easily set up on-site for an event. Individuals, couples, or small groups can pose for a close-up in front of the camera and within minutes have their photo printed and placed into a novelty frame. With our green screen we can customize the background to fit your event theme or company’s brand message. This entertainment and party favor option is great for bar and bat mitzvah parties, birthdays, holiday parties and corporate branding events. 

Green Screen

HALOSHOT 360º PHOTOS
Not your average photobooth, this photo novelty is set up in a closed 8×8 foot area that includes a 360º camera suspended from the ceiling of the booth. Groups enter and within seconds, a complete 360º snapshot is taken of the entire group. Our special software then flattens the image and produces a 5″ x 7″ photo that’s printed onsite. The background can be customized with logos or other backgrounds giving your guests a great souvenir from the event!

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DANCE HEADS
If you’re looking for engagement at your party…you’ll have a line to this one! Dance Heads is an amusement that superimposes participants’ heads onto professional dancers’ bodies while they lip sync to some of the greatest pop hits of all time. The mesmerizing effect is then completed with fully animated backgrounds that again can be customized for your event. Up to three guests at a time can lip sync to the song while their animated bodies dance to the music. Within minutes, guests receive up to three DVD copies of their performance. We can even custom the labels on the DVDs for you to bring more ROI to your branding efforts!

Dance Heads

VIRTUAL GRAFFITI WALL
The Amusement Master’s Virtual Graffiti wall is most definitely unique entertainment, interactive and produces a really cool photo party favor. The screen allows event guests to interact and add ‘graffiti’ to a green screened photo of themselves. When adding ‘virtual’ graffiti to the screen guests use the special infrared spray paint cans to virtually draw on their own photos or custom background and make giant works of art. Each creation is printed as a 5″ x 7″ photo that includes a custom footer for your event. The virtual graffiti wall is perfect where you want to add an interactive activity to your event or to your tradeshow booth.

Virtual Graffiti Wall

BRAIN ART
Our newest, and most innovative photo novelty addition to date is Brain Art! This is a creativity base activity, where guests use their own brain waves to create unique pieces of art. Just as an artist decides on a general direction for their imagery before creating their masterpiece, so does your party guest when choosing their art’s style and colors. Once created, guests pick their favorites, coordinate with a room décor in their home, or just go with how they feel on that day. How fun is it that each person at your event could walk away with a printed piece of art that’s from their own personal ‘brain storming’ session!

Brain Art

PHOTO FLIP BOOKS
Who doesn’t want to see their photo in print! With our Photo Flip Books your guests can step up to the booth (with props of course!) and take a seven second video, solo or with a group. Our equipment takes freeze framed imagery that’s then printed onsite and formatted into a tiny book within minutes. Guests receive the unique take-away of their own animated photo flip book as a memory of the event. We can even customize the book covers to your theme or company branding! 

Flipbooks

Do you remember the saying “take a picture…it’ll last longer”? It’s so true! Take a picture at your next event with one of our photo novelty activities and you’ll see that the memory of your event DOES last longer!

To learn more about which photo novelty would work best for your event connect with us by phone at 800-925-0993 or by email at Ksmink@amusementmasters.com. And remember, we travel nationwide because event ‘amusements’ matter!