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Family Entertainment Centers

The term used in out-of-home entertainment, “family entertainment center (FEC),” is difficult to define.   There is the traditional usage which typically meant to include a venue with several entertainment offerings including miniature (mini putt) golf, a karting (go-kart) track, a video games arcade typically with redemption included, laser tag, bumper cars, and the like.   Some FEC’s include batting cages, paintball, climbing walls, roller skating and virtual reality games in the arcade.

 

As outdoor recreation “adventure parks” add activity options, while FEC’s continue to do so, there is a continuing evolution in product that will broaden the use of the term, “family entertainment center.”

We've updating our Family Entertainment Center reports - please check back here in July

FEC NameProduct SummaryFirst Unit Year
Hasbro FEC'sKilburn Live selected to design-build-operate a chain of Hasbro-branded FEC's. The centers will use Hasbro properties to "create interactive, immersive and innovative entertainment experiences in a high-energy, gamified environment with multiple activity zones." Licensed brands announced for the centers to date include My Little Pony, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe, Clue, Battleship, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Trivial Pursuit, Chutes and Ladders, among others.
Goff Capital is an investor.
2020
Survios VRFirst Survios V/R arcade opens at Del Amo Mall (Torrance, California).2018
Two Bit CircusHybrid out-of-home arcade with featured virtual reality experiences, presented by Brent Bushnell.2018
Meow WolfAn artist's collaborative first organized years before, combines to create this successful curiosity.2016
Big Thrill FactoryFirst Unit opened in a former Kmart store on Highway 7 i Minnetonka. Named #1 Family Entertainment Center in North America by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), in November 2017. A concept of Barry Zelickson, majority partner in the game center.2013
HappylonOpened at the Filion Mall in Moscow,2010
Legoland Discovery Centerindoor family attraction chain operated by British leisure group Merlin Entertainments. 2007
uWinkA Nolan Bushnell concept, first unit of 5,400 SF opened at Westfield Promenade, in Woodland Hills (California).2006
Wannado CityAn indoor children's role-playing amusement center, a property of Grupo CIE. Opened at Sawgrass Mills (Sunrise, FL).2004
AdventurelandAn indoor 70,000 SF family entertainment center located in the Sahara Centre shopping mall in Sharjah (UAE).2002
America’s Incredible Pizza Co.
The first restaurant opened in Springfield (Missouri) in 2002.2002
Boomers! ParksThe FEC's are owned and operated by Palace Entertainment (Parques Reunidos).2001
Loulou Al Dugong'sOpens in Dubai in a 25,000 SF space.2000
Fun City1999
KidZaniaFirst unit opens in Santa Fe, Mexico (a suburb of Mexico City), a concept created by Xavier López Ancona. Initially known as La Ciudad de los Niños.1999
All-American SportParkA themed FEC concept involving Andre Agassi 1998
DisneyQuestA Disney Regional Entertainment business unit, designed as a way for guests to experience the Disney Parks without having to be at the actual theme park destination. First unit located in Disney Downtown entertainment district (now Disney Springs). A second unit opened a year later in Chicago.1998
Main Event First Unit opened in Lewisville, TX in 1998. Main Event operates throughout the U.S., with venues ranging in size from 45,000 to 75,000 SF. Headquartered in Plano, TX; a subsidiary of Leisure Group of Australia.1998
Club DisneyDisney opens five Club Disney units quickly, later deciding that all units would be shuttered by November, 1999.1997
John's Incredible Pizza Co.First unit opened in Victorville, California in a 16,000 SF location. 1997
Sega GameworksFirst unit opens in Seattle.1997
SegaWorld LondonThe 6 floor indoor arcade opened at The Trocadero in London.1996
Adventure LandingFirst park opens in Jacksonville Beach (Florida), in 1995, a project of the Adventure Entertainment Company. 1995
Magic PlanetFirst unit opened at City Centre Deira, in Dubai. A concept of Majid Al Futtaim Group.1995
Mountasia Family Fun Centers1995
Blockbuster's BlockPartyBlockbuster, a unit of Viacom, opens its first unit in Albuquerque, Indianapolis to follow in the next year. BlockParty is an indoor entertainment complex with high-tech games for adults.1994
Sega Joypolis1994
Virtual World EntertainmentVWE billed itself as the “world’s first digital theme park.1994
Iwerks CinetropolisCreated by Donald W. Iwerks, the Disney technical guru and founder of Iwerks Entertainment Inc. The venue eventually closed in 2003.1993
VirtuaLand at the LuxorAn indoor Sega arcade.1993
Round OneFounded in Japan in 1980 by Masahiko Sugino, a company called Sugino Kosan that featured a roller skate facility with arcade games. This company later became the first Round One store in 1993. 1993
Virtuality ArcadesThe first VR machine for arcades.1991
BattleTech CenterThe first BattleTech Center opened in Chicago in 1990, with others to follow eventually tallying 26 such facilities. 1990
Discovery Zone Play PlaceFirst unit opened in Kansas City (Missouri). Famed tennis professional, Billie Jean King, was an early investor.1989
Dave & BustersFirst unit opens in Dallas. The brainchild of David Corriveau and James "Buster" Corley, who famously removed the demising wall that divided their two separate, already operating entertainment venues.1982
Chuck E. CheeseFirst unit opens in San Jose, California, called Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre. Concept was created by Nolan Bushnell, who also co-founded Atari.1977
Malibu Grand PrixFirst Uni opens in Fresno, California. Franchised miniature "Indy car" racing track. Palace Entertainment purchased the three remaining Malibu Grand Prix locations, in 2002.1977
Castle Park RiversideA 25-acre amusement park and family entertainment center located in Riverside (California). Formerly operated as Castle Amusement Park. Now owned and operated by Palace Entertainment.1976
ExploratoriumA San Francisco institution, was founded by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer and opened in 1969 at the Palace of Fine Arts. Since relocated.1969
Vertigo Arcades
Scandia Amusement ParkScandinavian-themed FEC's located at two locations in California.
Regal FunScape

Directory of Family Entertainment Centers - 2020

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