Ropes Courses acquires Amaze’n Mazes
Deal follows recent Clip 'n Climb partnership
Having recently added a deal with Clip N’ Climb to its US business, Ropes Courses has acquired Colorado-based Amaze’n Mazes.
The purchase price was not disclosed but RCI will continue to use the name Amaze’n Mazes, and founder Greg Gallavan will continue as a consultant to RCI to provide operational guidance on design, construction, and themes.
Amaze’n Mazes was launched in 1988 by Gallavan in Winter Park, Colorado as an indoor family fun center with a small maze, video arcade, burger bar, and mini golf course. Since that time, more than 70 Amaze’n Mazes have been designed and installed in 24 US states and nine international locations from Hungary to South Korea and Australia to Mexico. Over the decades, innovations have included aqua mazes and custom-designed elements to blend with the natural setting including ski resorts, state parks, and fairgrounds.
“This acquisition allows us to tap into Greg’s expertise in maze design as well as his network of contacts and venues around the US and the world”.
One of the most successful innovations in the past decade has been the combination of a human maze on the ground level with a high ropes course constructed directly above it to provide two attractions on a single footprint.
Ropes Courses has been manufacturing, installing, and servicing adventure course products since 1989 including its signature Sky Trail course. More than 350 courses are in operation in 25 countries around the world. The acquisition will assist RCI to continue expanding their product portfolio and family entertainment options.
“The staff at Ropes Courses, Inc. has known and worked with Greg for a number of years,” explained Jon Weston, vice president of sales and marketing for RCI. “This acquisition allows us to tap into Greg’s expertise in maze design as well as his network of contacts and venues around the US and the world,” he added.
“RCI is a top-notch company that can take Amaze‘n Mazes to the next level and bring our unique combination of a human maze topped by a Sky Trail high ropes course to a wider audience,” said Gallavan. “I’m excited to see where we can take this collaboration in the next few years.”
The acquisition follows the recent partnership agreement that RCI signed with New Zealand-based Clip ‘n Climb to manufacture its climbing structures in Michigan and to assume distribution responsibilities of the climbing walls to North and South American markets.