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The Impact of Amusement Rides on Local Communities and Tourism

Amusement rides have been proven to be able to draw in huge numbers of people, pretty much no matter where you put them. The Royal Melbourne Show draws in around 500,000 people per year, for example. And what about overseas? Walt Disney stuck their Disney World complex out in the middle of nowhere in Florida… and it draws in about 20 million people per year!

That just goes to show you the power of a good time, especially when it involves amusement rides.

So, on a smaller scale, what kind of impact can you expect from amusement ride hire on local communities and tourism? While you may not be hitting numbers like 500,000 attendees for a local town show, amusement rides can still draw in lots of good tourism for the local economy. Let’s explain further: 

Town shows stimulate the local economy

Town shows have a huge impact on the local economy, getting families out of the house and onto the streets, willing to spend a little extra pocket money. When you put on a town show, it gives all your local businesses a chance to capitalise on the festivities.

Town shows bring the community together

But money isn’t everything and there’s something even greater about hosting a town show, and that’s the sense of community involved. Businesses and organisations get involved together, neighbours greet one another, local kids play with each other, the whole town watches the fireworks together – all of this is just as important as the material benefits of hosting a town show.

Amusement rides are an essential component of town shows

Intrinsically linked to town shows is the component of amusement rides. Ever been to a town show that didn’t have at least one or two amusement rides and a handful of carnival games? If you have, you probably didn’t stay that long!

Amusement rides are must-have feature of town shows. Here’s why:

  • Amusement rides give local kids some excitement
    Growing up in a small town has its benefits, but there’s no secret that small towns can lack the hustle and bustle of cities. Amusement rides give kids a chance to experience a taste of theme parks available in big cities, like Luna Park in Melbourne.
  • Amusement rides boost tourism from nearby places
    Town shows with amusement rides often draw in visitors from neighbouring towns, with parents eager to see their kids experience the joy of amusement rides.

Advanced Amusements are your local gurus for amusement ride hire in regional Victoria. We service the whole of Victoria, suppling amusement rides and carnival games for town shows, school fairs, film sets, team-building events and more. With rides to suit the whole family and a zero-incident safety record, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides. Get in touch with our team to organise your event today.

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Making Kids’ Dreams Come True: The Best Amusement Rides for Children’s Parties

Kids parties have changed a lot since we were little ones. You can’t serve sausage rolls anymore, because Oliver is vegan. You can’t have a piñata anymore, because Sally’s parents believe it trivialises violence against animals. You can’t play musical chairs – being sat on would hurt the chairs’ feelings!

So, what can you do?

Well, while we encourage all of those good, ol’ fashioned Aussie party traditions mentioned above, one thing that even the softest parents can’t complain about is throwing an amusement ride party.

All kids love amusement rides. And amusement ride parties have a pretty good record when it comes to making the kids’ dreams come true! We haven’t seen a single party that wasn’t a total hit.

If you’re thinking about hiring amusement rides for your children’s party, here are some of the best rides to consider:

Jurassic inflatable

If you’ve got space for a 10m x 10m bouncy castle, then the Jurassic inflatable is the bee’s knees. One of our most popular amusements for kids parties, the Jurassic inflatable comes fully loaded with a giant dinosaur, two slides and a rock wall. Heaven on earth!

Bungee trampolines

We all remember the feeling of bouncing on a trampoline. Now, kids have the chance to take things to the next level! Introducing bungee trampolines: essentially trampolines that connect you to bungee cords above. This allows kids to do all sorts of crazy stuff like backflips and front flips in a safe, controlled area. And, the bungee cords really help them lift off ever higher!

Walk On Water balls

The perfect kids party amusement for summer: the Walk On Water balls! Kids get to hop into their own private hamster ball, and go at it for 10 minutes at a time, running and jumping on top of a pool of water.

Dunk tank

The dunk tank is also a classic. Kids get to throw a ball at a target. If it hits the target, it releases the chair to which it’s attached, which drops a volunteer straight into a pool of cold water!

Carnival games for hire

And don’t forget to complete the entire experience by hiring some carnival game classics, too. Some of the best carnival games for children’s parties include:

  • The laughing clowns
  • The fishing game
  • Milk cans
  • High striker
  • Mini golf

Ready to make dreams come true for your child and all of their friends? We are Melbourne’s best team for amusement ride hire for kid’s birthday parties. We service the whole of Victoria, suppling amusement rides and carnival games for town shows, school fairs, film sets, team-building events and more. With rides to suit the whole family and a zero-incident safety record, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides. Get in touch with our team to organise your event today.

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Creative Ways to Use Amusement Rides for Corporate and Team-Building Events

Team culture seminars. Inclusion training. HR modules. Week-long team-building sessions where you hold a ‘talking stick’ before expressing your feelings…

Does any of this stuff actually work? Nobody knows. It’s just what companies do these days in order to cross their Ts and dot their Is. But what we do know is that all of this stuff costs companies across the world billions and billions of dollars a year.

At Advanced Amusements, we have a different approach to corporate culture and team building events. It’s a lot more fun, and you get a lot more bang-for-buck than hiring a team culture consultant for a week-long training session…

Here are some creative ways to use amusement rides for team building during corporate events!

Why amusement rides are perfect for corporate and team-building events

When there’s still a bit of tension in the office after your employees have completed their 100th workplace respect module for the month, you know you’ve got to change your approach.

Amusement rides are the perfect opportunity for team-building at a corporate event. They engage your staff, they allow everyone to drop the work mindset for a bit, and they let employees see each other in a different light.

Advanced Amusements hire out rides for corporate events on a regular basis. From Christmas parties to EOFY parties or simply just as team-building events, corporate events are better with amusement rides.

Dunk tank your co-workers

Ahhh, the dunk tank. Is there a better way to get back at your work rivals build friendly relationships than plunging your co-workers into a bucket of cold water? The dunk tank is one of those classic carnival games which also doubles as a team-building exercise. Dunking your co-workers or boss into a pool of water can really help break the ice, improve relationships while having a lot of laughs along the way.

Carnival games

Carnival games are a great way to work together as a team, building trust and better relationships amongst your team. Milk bottles, the fishing game, mini golf – these carnival games were made for building teams!

Bumper balls

Ever wanted to run into your co-workers as fast as you possibly can? Well, you can – safely, of course. Bumper balls are a hilarious way to build team culture, wearing giant inflatable balls and running into one another.

Corporate events are so much more fun with Advanced Amusements. We are Melbourne’s best team for amusement ride hire for corporate events. We service the whole of Victoria, suppling amusement rides and carnival games for town shows, school fairs, film sets, team-building events and more. With rides to suit the whole family and a zero-incident safety record, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides. Get in touch with our team to organise your event today.

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Behind the Scenes: How Amusement Rides Are Set Up and Operated

Ever looked around you while riding a rollercoaster and thought, ‘Geez, I wonder how these are set up!’

Nope, probably not. You were probably too busy screaming at the top of your lungs.

But if, in reflection, the thought is now occurring to you, we’re here to explain! Amusement rides have a very specific and methodical set-up process which is exactly the same each time they’re deployed. Here’s how amusement rides are set up and operated:

Transporting the rides

Transporting the rides is the first step – surprisingly, they don’t just magically appear on their own. At Advanced Amusements, we transport all of our rides by specialised trucks which are customised for ride transportation. We transport these rides all over Victoria, conducting town shows in Geelong, Swan Hill, Mildura, Echuca, Gippsland and beyond.

Preparing the grounds

Then, we need to get the grounds ready for the deployment of the rides. This involves clearing the area of debris and making sure we have a clear access route for the rides.

Deployment and set-up

Then, we start deploying the rides and start the set-up process. Our professionals get to work, making sure everything is set-up to the manufacturer’s standards. When you set-up and pack down the same amusement rides about 50 times per year like we do, you become quite the expert at it!

Testing and safety checks

Now it’s time to start our rigorous testing and safety checks. Every ride must be tested multiple times in order to make sure it’s 100% safety to ride before we open it up to riders. We also use specialised techniques and equipment to test for ride anomalies which could result in an error. Our team conducts safety checks to the relevant Australian Standards AS3533.1-4 which provide a guideline on design and construction, operation and maintenance and in-service inspections of amusement rides.

Operation

Now that your amusement rides have been set up and safety checked, the fun begins! Each ride always has a designated operator who is constantly monitoring the ride and making sure everything is running smoothly. Occasionally, two operators will be designated to one ride.

Pack down

And after all the fun has been had, it’s time for us to pack down each amusement ride, load them back onto the trucks and head off to the next job.

So, now you know how amusement rides are set-up and operated, it’s time to get your event started. Advanced Amusements are Melbourne’s best team for fantastically fun and totally safe amusement ride hire. We service the whole of Victoria, suppling amusement rides and carnival games for town shows, school fairs, film sets, corporate events and more. With rides to suit the whole family and a zero-incident safety record, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides. Get in touch with our team to organise your event today.

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Choosing the Right Amusement Rides for Your Event: Tips and Considerations

Choosing amusement rides is hard. In fact, it was the hardest thing about starting a business in amusement ride operation. ‘Which ones do we pick?’ was a question we needed months to answer, and then of course it had to be asked again once we expanded and invested in even more rides.

So, now the onus is on you to ask that question when throwing an event. Hooray!

But luckily, your amusement ride gurus are here to help. Let’s explain how to choose the right amusement rides for your event, with tips from the team at Advanced Amusements.

Venue size

Of course we’d all like to have a Ferris wheel or giant slide at our event, but if you’re hosting it in your backyard, you might have to knock on the neighbour’s door and ask to borrow their yard, too. Venue size is usually one of the first factors to consider when choosing the right amusement rides.

School fetes and town shows have it pretty easy in the regard – there’s usually plenty of space for the big thrill rides on school ovals or local town footy grounds.

Attendee demographics

So, you’re putting on a school fete at your high school. You’ve got plenty of space for rides, a decent amount of room in the budget and you’ve decided to go with the most thrilling, exhilarating, terrifying amusement ride… the teacups.

Not exactly a ride for 17-year-olds, is it? Every ride has a different thrill level and recommended age of rider. A high school fete should include rides for an adult demographic, with more rides geared towards thrills. A primary school fete, on the other hand, should feature more moderate rides, like the teacups, dodgem cars and the Sizzler.

Attendee numbers

If you’re expecting 1000+ tickets sold, don’t skimp out on the amusement rides! Choosing the correct number of amusement rides based on your expected attendees is a golden rule of organising a ride-driven event. Ignoring it can quickly lead to the opposite of fun: queues. Weaving, meandering, nauseating queues. People at Disneyland may be OK with waiting 4 hours for their favourite ride, but it certainly won’t fly at a town show or school fair.

Generally, 6 or 7 rides per 1000 guests is a good rule of thumb to follow. This way, your attendees will have plenty of choice and won’t have to queue up for too long.

Ready to knock it out of the park and put on an awesome event? Let us help you with that. Advanced Amusements are Melbourne’s best team for fantastically fun and totally safe amusement ride hire. We service the whole of Victoria, suppling amusement rides and carnival games for town shows, school fairs, film sets, corporate events and more. With rides to suit the whole family and a zero-incident safety record, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides. Get in touch with our team to organise your event today.

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Safety First: Ensuring a Safe and Enjoyable Experience with Amusement Rides

Growing up, most of us had that one uncle who was a lot of fun but, looking back on it, wasn’t too big on safety. He’d build you a billy-cart, but it had no brakes. He took you on his jet ski, but wasn’t a believer in life jackets. He took you for your first driving lesson… when you were 11 years old.

We love that uncle, but he simply wouldn’t cut it with today’s safety standards!

Advanced Amusements is like a team full of fun uncles, except we take safety extremely seriously, maintaining a record of zero incidents in our history of amusement ride operation.

Here’s how we put safety first to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience with amusement rides.

Safety at Advanced Amusements

When you’re operating amusement rides, you simply can’t be safe or precautious enough. Safety is our top priority at Advanced Amusements, and we simply wouldn’t be allowed to operate if this wasn’t the case. Australia has very strong safety measures in place in terms of inspecting and auditing amusement ride operators, which are routinely conducted throughout the year.

  • Complying with the Australian Standards
    Advanced Amusements conducts rigorous safety maintenance in order to comply with the official Australian Standards on amusement devices: AS3533.1-4. This set of standards provides a guideline on design and construction, operation and maintenance, in-service inspections, as well as specific requirements for land-borne inflatable devices. We adhere to the Australian Standards in order to keep every rider safe at all times.
  • Advanced daily safety protocols
    At Advanced Amusements, we run several tests at the start of the day before we allow anyone on our rides. Once these checks are successful, we can be sure that everything is totally safe to use.
  • Insurance
    In order to qualify for insurance, amusement operators need to prove that their operations are 100% safe. Advanced Amusements are fully-insured and licenced to operate amusement rides. Insurance is a sign of a legitimate amusement ride hire team, illustrating that they run operations by the book.
  • Ensuring correct instructions are given to riders
    Proper instructions for riders is also a big part of managing the risk associated with ride hire. Are height restrictions being enforced correctly? Are riders being advised to remove their sunglasses and jewellery before riding? These details are some of the most important things to check.

Ensuring safety is a big part of having fun. Because when our operations are safe, they’re fun for everyone! Advanced Amusements are Melbourne’s best team for fantastically fun and totally safe amusement ride hire. If you’ve got a festival, school fair, corporate event or film or TV shoot, then get in touch with Advanced Amusements and make your event a truly memorable one. With rides to suit the whole family and a commitment to safety, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides.

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Memorable Carnival-Themed Party

Carnival-themed parties are great, aren’t they? And the best part is, they’re super easy to organise.

All you need to do is hire a ‘professional’ clown off of Gumtree, give him a few beers, and let him do his totally not-creepy magic show!

Scratch that. It’s the 2020s and the world has agreed – clowns are freaking terrifying.

But with the team at Advanced Amusements, you can organise a carnival-themed party that’s memorable for all the right reasons: major fun, awesome carnival games, and zero clowns.

Here’s how to do it:

Assess your venue

Where is this shindig going down? The office carpark? Your backyard? A hired venue? Assessing the venue is the first step. Take into account the size of the venue, access limitations and power outlets. This should inform your choices about which rides or carnival games to include on your wish-list for the party.

Assess your demographics

Who are your esteemed guests? Your 5-year-old son’s best friends from kindy? Your 16-year-old daughter’s friends attending her Sweet 16? Or all your employees at work including their families? Choosing age-appropriate rides and games is key, and Advanced Amusements can help you with this. For corporate events where family members are invited, we recommend choosing a mix of rides and games to keep all ages happy… and yep, if you’ve got the space, the Giant Slide is a must.

Select your rides and games

Now, the fun part: choosing the rides and carnival games to hire for your carnival-themed party! Of course, not every venue is going to be big enough for multiple thrill-rides or a dodgem car arena, but even for small spaces we’ve got a range of suitable rides and games. Some of the most popular rides and games for carnival-themed parties include:

  • Inflatable rock wall
  • Sizzler
  • Giant slide
  • Bungee trampolines
  • Bumper balls
  • Laughing clowns (an essential!)
  • High striker
  • Mini golf
  • Dunk tank (for summer events)

Why choose Advanced Amusements for your carnival-themed party

Well, that’s kind of like asking why you’d choose Lewis Hamilton to be your F1 driver… he’s simply the best, and so are we! 

  • Huge range of rides and carnival games
  • Service and safety are top priorities
  • Regional Victoria serviced as well
  • Affordable rates
  • Highly experienced team

Advanced Amusements are Melbourne’s best team for fantastically fun amusement ride hire. If you’ve got a festival, school fair, corporate event or film or TV shoot, then get in touch with Advanced Amusements and make your event a truly memorable one. With rides to suit the whole family and a commitment to safety, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides.

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How to Manage Risks Associated with Amusement Ride Hire

Amusement ride hire: it’s a fun, fabulous way to draw in more attendees and make your event a total hit. And while it’s certainly a worthwhile investment, amusement ride hire isn’t necessarily all fun and games.

You’re probably aware of the risks associated with amusement ride hire which is why you have to be mindful when choosing your ride hire company, ensuring that they’re running operations to the highest level of safety.

So, despite the very low chance of something going wrong, how can we manage risks associated with amusement ride hire?

Let’s have Victoria’s most trusted team at Advanced Amusements explain:

Helpful information on amusement ride risk

The amusement ride industry is actually one of the safest in the world. In the US, for example, the chance of being seriously injured on an amusement ride is 1 in 15.5 million rides taken. Compare this with, for example, the construction industry – in 2016, the construction industry accounted for 25% of all workplace accidents in America. Pretty crazy when you put it in perspective, right?

How you can mitigate the risk

But just because the risks are incredibly low, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be mindful when hiring amusement rides. Some of the best ways to manage associated risks include:

  • Researching your amusement ride hire team
    The most important aspect of managing amusement ride risks is, by far, doing research on your amusement ride hire company. Ask every candidate about their safety history, any past unexpected occurrences, and their accreditation as an amusement ride hire company. It’s vital that you deal with a fully legitimate team with a completely clean safety record.
  • Safety protocols
    What is your amusement ride hire team doing to ensure that each and every ride is 100% safe? At Advanced Amusements, we run several tests at the start of the day before we allow anyone on our rides. Once these checks are successful, we can be sure that everything is totally safe to use.
  • Asking about insurance
    Insurance. Another crucial point to raise when looking for an amusement ride hire company. Insurance is a sign of a legitimate amusement ride hire team, illustrating that they run operations by the book.
  • Ensuring correct instructions are given to riders
    Proper instructions for riders is also a big part of managing the risk associated with ride hire. Are height restrictions being enforced correctly? Are riders being advised to remove their sunglasses and jewellery before riding? These details are some of the most important things to check.

Advanced Amusements are Melbourne’s best team for fantastically fun amusement ride hire. If you’ve got a festival, school fair, corporate event or film or TV shoot, then get in touch with Advanced Amusements and make your event a truly memorable one. With rides to suit the whole family and an unparalleled commitment to safety, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Amusement Ride Hire

Ever known someone who’s worked hard their life, decides to treat themselves to a new sports car, but then never drives it? Maybe they’re too afraid of scratching it, maybe they simply want to appreciate it at home. But whatever the reason, they’re just not getting the most out of it!

Well, we liken that to hiring amusement rides for your event but not knowing what to do with them.

There’s a lot more that needs to be done than just hiring your fleet of amusement rides and hoping for the best. Let’s ask the experts at Advanced Amusements about how to get the most out of your amusement ride hire, so that your event goes down as legendary!

Invest in promotion

Amusement rides are a huge drawcard for attendees. But if nobody knows that your event is going to feature them, you’re really not making the most of your amusement ride hire. Promotion is the best way to get the word out there and make sure that everyone knows about your plans to hire amusement rides.

For school fetes, for example, this includes physical posters which brags about your awesome amusement rides and, of course, mentioning it in the newsletter email to all the parents.

The more you spread the hype about amusement rides at your event, the more people will turn up, the more you’ll be maximising your return of interest on the amusement hire!

Well-planned signage

There’s nothing more infuriating than being stuck in a queue that nobody knows how to line up in, purely because it’s poorly signposted. It makes lines longer, and it makes attendees fed up! Advanced Amusements handle all of this for you, with queue fencing and signage for all amusement rides. Forget about your attendees getting into a great huff and puff because the queues are in shambles!

Complement the rides with other services

So, you’ve got an awesome range of amusement rides and you’re ready to rock. But what else is drawing in attendees and keeping them at your event?

We highly recommend arranging some other attractions and services in order to make the most out of your amusement ride hire. Carnival games are a perfection addition to a town show, school fete or corporate party. They’re popular for children and adults alike who are less into thrills and more about skills!

Catering vans are another must-have feature. Advanced Amusements have catering and coffee vans ready to go, providing delicious refreshments for everyone. Like that Snickers ad says: you’re not you when you’re hungry! By bringing food and drink to your event, attendees will have more energy to go on the amusement rides.

Advanced Amusements are Melbourne’s best team for fantastically fun amusement ride hire. If you’ve got a festival, school fair, corporate event or film or TV shoot, then get in touch with Advanced Amusements and make your event a truly memorable one. With rides to suit the whole family and an unparalleled commitment to safety, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides.

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How to Choose the Right Amusement Rides for Your Budget

Amusement rides are loads of fun. Budgeting for them, on the other hand? Well, not so much. But budgeting for the right amusement rides is arguably the most important and pressing matter when you’re organising a school fair, town show, corporate party or another kind of event. Money makes the world go round, and turns out it makes rollercoasters go round too.

So, if it’s your first time organising a budget for amusement rides, how can you go about this the right way? Let’s ask the experts at Advanced Amusements, helping you keep your budget on track and your ride selection thrilling!

Establish a figure

Budgeting starts with crunching the numbers and working out how much you’re able to allocate to each aspect of your event. Once you’ve got a ball park figure, you can start enquiring about ride hire costs and work out what suits your budget.

Choose rides wisely

Ride choice has a big impact on your budget. Sure, it might be awesome to hire every single ride in our fleet – but it may not be possible if your budget doesn’t allow it. We suggest looking at your demographic and choosing rides primarily based on the age of your attendees. Are you organising a corporate event with mainly adult attendees, a school fair with mainly children, or a town show with a mix of all ages? Talk to our team to learn more about appropriate ride selection based on event demographics.

Enquire at Advanced Amusements

Once you have a rough budget and an idea of the rides you’d like to hire for your event, it’s time to shoot an enquiry to our team at Advanced Amusements. We work alongside you to create an awesome selection of rides, no matter the size of your budget.

Leave a little in the budget for extras

Carnival games, catering, show bags – all of these extras can turn your event from a good one to an epic one! Leaving some room in your budget for these extras is essential to planning an awesome event.

No matter your budget, we’re here to supply top quality rides and keep the good times rolling! Advanced Amusements are Melbourne’s best team for fantastically fun amusement ride hire. If you’ve got a festival, school fair, corporate event or film or TV shoot, then get in touch with Advanced Amusements and make your event a truly memorable one. With rides to suit the whole family and an unparalleled commitment to safety, Advanced Amusements are your one-stop-shop for carnivals games and rides.