Orange, CT, USA — Monster Mini Golf is a popular attraction with 29 locations across the United States and Canada. When husband and wife owners Carol Gemayel and Mark Barra were looking to bring good, affordable family entertainment to their community, they felt that Monster Mini Golf was the perfect franchise to get them into the family entertainment industry. “We have seen over the years a lack of good quality, wholesome family entertainment for families to choose from so we decided to bring some excitement to these communities and to bring people together in a fun, safe environment,” said Mark Barra.
After running a successful facility in Danbury, CT, when they were ready to open a second Monster Mini Golf in Orange, CT, they wanted their second location to have something that would set it apart from other Monster Mini Golf locations. The franchise’s popular monster themed 18-hole indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course, 30 state-of-the-art games for the arcade section and two fully decorated and “furnished” party rooms were already on the drawing board for the 12,000 sq ft facility but they wanted something unique to the new location.
After conducting what Barra calls an “exhaustive research into what people of all ages want to spend their entertainment dollars on,” the decision to add laser tag was clear. “Laser tag is fun, exciting, challenging, team building and more. We felt it was a natural extension to a center offering fun and excitement,” said Barra. The husband and wife team first heard of Creative Works from attending trade shows in Las Vegas and others across the country. They spoke to the team in depth and also attended the company’s LaserTAG360 educational event. “We spoke to them all, interviewed them all and made what we feel was a very well informed decision to use Creative Works as our arena builder and partner,” added Barra.
Plans to add the 2,500 sq ft laser tag section to the single story miniature golf course facility required the construction of a steel mezzanine to create a second level structure. The structure includes a lounge “where you can get a bird’s eye view of all the action,” said Barra. The couple chose the Cyber Quest theme for the laser tag arena to complement their facility. “We wanted to tie in somewhat to our Monster Mini Golf theme where we had several alien props and artwork,” said Barra. The galactic space theme consists of walls painted with a high-tech 3D glowing circuit panel design with interconnecting fluorescent trace lines. Cosmic interplanetary murals fill the walls and help immerse the players in this futuristic landscape as they move through the maze of circuits and transducers. Windows were added to the waiting room so players can get a sneak peek of the excitement within the arena before entering.
The Barras are happy to hold the title of being the first Monster Mini Golf to offer laser tag. “Laser tag has added another revenue stream to our business and variety for our customers,” added Mark Barra. Although the Orange location has only been open for about seven weeks, they have already seen the addition of a laser tag arena increase revenues by about 25% compared to other locations.
“Creative Works bent over backwards to meet our very tight timelines and offered a tremendous product that has met to rave reviews for our customers,” added Mark.
Monster Mini Golf is located in the Christmas Tree Plaza at 210 Indian River Road in Orange, CT. They are open seven days a week with extended hours Thursday to Sunday.