Fun Center Startup - New Amusement Business

We speak with literally, 1,000's of people each year who are thinking about starting a new amusement business, family fun center, children's entertainment center or arcade business of some kind.

All of who, are either well along the path to fun center startup, or just the genesis of a new idea they thought of on the way home from their child's 8th party invitation at the local Chuck E. Cheese. Where ever you are in that process, we applaud you. Today more than ever, families in communities of all sizes are in need of a safe, secure, fun environment where kids of all ages, adults and groups of all kinds that can gather and engage their playful side.

Arcade Business.

Back in my day, this was the place. It had all of the latest cool games, a pool table or two, a foosball table, lots of pinball, and pac-man was all the rage. Because it was primarily a teenage hang-out, for many communities the arcade business became an eye sore and a place of negative impression.

Today this arcade business model, as a stand alone game center is not much seen, and has seen most of it's appeal replaced by technology - specifically game consoles and other in home entertainment or mobile options. We are not saying that arcade rooms are no longer a viable opportunity within the fun center business, just not as a stand alone center as it once was. The arcade business now has to be supported by other primary-draw attractions, food service and other peripheral activities. Even for the big guys, Dave and Busters or Gameworks, it's more about the food and beverage than the actual draw of the arcade games.

Family Entertainment Center

This model, in it's various iterations has become the community winner. Whether appealing to families (as identified by parents with children 10 years and younger), or an older age group, or a combination of all ages, the community based family fun center or location based FEC is the amusement model that has and will continue to endure. We find this to be the case because of it's appeal to specific target demographics, and an age appropriate attraction mix that fits with the local community market opportunity.

Starting a New Amusement Business

There are many different ways your new amusement business can come togther. But there are a few first steps in that process that must be completed.  In the amusement business as both operator and manufacturer since 1995, we have a wealth of resources and materials you can use to research the market, understand your local opportunity and how that relates to your own amusement business goals.

The Startup Academy program is a great go-at-your-own pace, fun center feasibility development program that combines all of our years experience with our fun center business plan, and all of our guideboooks, forms and manuals into a packaged, mentored course that helps you pull together a completed business plan and project package you can share with potential partners and funders.

If you are just in the initial days of considering the feasibility of an amusement business, our How to Start a Family Entertainment Center guidebook is a good overview of what it takes to open a fun center business.

Fun Center Business Development
Startup Academy

Perhaps you have already been thinking about it - and need some hands-on support to start your fun center?

Startup Academy is a step-by-step program to help amusement business developers research, develop and build an indoor party center, edutainment center or family entertainment center business.

NO NEED FOR TRAVEL - Startup Academy is delivered direct to you, at your convenience via this website, step-by-step materials, video webcasts, on-going telephone consultation and the academy business course materials.

If you find yourself asking these questions:

  • Where do I start?
  • What information do I need?
  • Where do I find that information?
  • What do I do with it when I find it?

    Then Startup Academy is for you.

Startup Academy offers these business tools to help you along the way:

* Comprehensive, industry specific business plan (with current industry financial statements).
* FEC Coaching that focuses on plan completion and funding presentations.
* Industry guidebooks and manuals.
* Employee handbooks, operational forms and manuals.
* Modular video content allows you to go at your own speed.
* Academy mentoring and coaching to help you stay motivated.
* Access to the full Academy library of webcasts and articles.

Not just a great business plan, Startup Academy is a full amusement business course including discussions around startup, operations, management, staffing, attraction mix and facility design, marketing and creating great customer experiences. Combining our 25 plus years in the amusement industry, both as an operator and a manufacturer, along with our extensive rolodex of industry professionals, successful owners and creative artisans - Startup Academy is the one place that can help you make it happen.

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