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Pinball Madness Oct 20-22 in Banning CA.

By girloveswaffles

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    #1 4 years ago

    Who's going? Any Comments?
    http://pinballmadness.com/

    #2 4 years ago

    I am going to try and make it.

    #3 4 years ago

    I'm going,not sure if I'm going to dress up but can't wait to flip until my fingers blister

    #4 4 years ago
    Quoted from Wildbill327:

    I'm going,not sure if I'm going to dress up but can't wait to flip until my fingers blister

    Just don't yell "I'VE GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS" late on Sunday afternoon.

    #5 4 years ago

    Is this basically the same as arcade expo? What are the closest accommodations for this? Are restaurants close by?

    #6 4 years ago
    Quoted from Beyndtstng:

    Is this basically the same as arcade expo? What are the closest accommodations for this? Are restaurants close by?

    The morongo casino is a few miles down the road.

    https://www.morongocasinoresort.com/?chebs=gl-morongo

    #7 4 years ago

    If you haven't been to Banning yet to see this collection I highly recommend you do so. Few places in the world can boast this many games, just walking down the aisles is an experience.

    #8 4 years ago

    Also, we are always looking for volunteers to not only help repair/maintain games but help is needed in cleaning/moving games, prepping for event, donations etc.
    If you want more info on helping out please feel free to pm me ...

    #9 4 years ago
    Quoted from Beyndtstng:

    Is this basically the same as arcade expo? What are the closest accommodations for this? Are restaurants close by?

    There are lots of fast food and restaurant locations near by just to the west, as well as hotels (unfortunately, the Quality Inn up the road caught fire last month, so it's not an option).
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    #10 4 years ago

    Bannings Hercules!

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    #11 4 years ago

    At $300 a night for their cheapest room on these dates, I would hope no one is booking this place.

    There are a ton of decent hotels in Banning that can be had for closer to $100 a night that are just as close.

    #12 4 years ago

    The banning collection is amazing. Also it does not leave when the lights go off so the games do not disappear on the last day. Every day is full of the amazing games during all of the hours.

    And what a collection.

    I am not sure I can go to this particular event. This year. But if I can I will.

    The collection is like a slice of heaven on earth. For arcade fans like us.

    #13 4 years ago

    There are camping sites/hook ups on the property. From what I understand they will be available for the event, I will get confirmation and clarify...

    #14 4 years ago
    Quoted from pumpkinlad:

    At $300 a night for their cheapest room on these dates, I would hope no one is booking this place.
    There are a ton of decent hotels in Banning that can be had for closer to $100 a night that are just as close.

    Not to mention getting into their lot is a pain in the ass. I tried to go there last year after expo and the parking lot was packed.
    And the traffic around the In 'n Out at the entry was awful. I've never seen a line as long as the one there.

    #15 4 years ago

    i stayed minutes from banning cheaply. there was a nice hole in the wall breakfast place but good, too. both were right by smart and final.

    #16 4 years ago

    Would you guys mind listing some of these hotels that are close by? We are looking not to rent a car and uber if possible. Thank you

    #17 4 years ago
    Quoted from Beyndtstng:

    Would you guys mind listing some of these hotels that are close by? We are looking not to rent a car and uber if possible. Thank you

    Here's a list of what's available in the Beaumont / Banning area (minus the Quality inn that suffered a fire a few weeks ago):

    Bing Maps - Directions, trip planning, traffic cameras & more.pdf

    #18 4 years ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    Here's a list of what's available in the Beaumont / Banning area (minus the Quality inn that suffered a fire a few weeks ago):

    Thank you, which would you recommend for proximity?

    #19 4 years ago
    Quoted from Beyndtstng:

    Thank you, which would you recommend for proximity?

    First choice would have been the Quality inn, but...
    The only other hotel I've stayed at is the Travel Lodge (next door to the Quality inn). The Quality Inn was a bit nicer, but the Travel Lodge is fine. They are both just a short distance from the Arcade Expo location.

    Can anyone else who booked a hotel for Expo before pop in and give any other recommendations?

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    #21 4 years ago

    Sorry I'm not familiar with the area. It's a bit of a remote area about 3 hours from me.

    Im not at all familiar with the accommodations nearby. But I stayed there.

    There is a small airport next to the banning site.

    #22 4 years ago

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    #23 4 years ago

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    #24 4 years ago

    [personal opinions]
    the arcades room is pretty amazing. lotsa vintage. doubt gamers will be disappointed. the arcades and pins are in separate wings of the same building, a very short 20 yard walk apart. lotsa pins, ~400. difficult to maintain those numbers. many of the machines, when acquired, needed work. despite best efforts, many machines still need help to play properly. expect some number of machines to be down. fewer machines are down with each new expo. the EMs and some ss played real floaty , [could be different this time around, but check out the Mata Hari]. action on a number of ss will disappoint. if you think you are going to relive your pinball youth, as I was, you will be disappointed. the action and playability of games, especially 1977-1985, and even later, may be nothing like they were back in their day. the volunteer tech help is great, but can only do so much with what they are given to work with. the majority will not be close to HUO condition. the lighting along one row, in particular, reflects dead center and low off the playfield glass. VERY unbearable, and sadly, a lot of nice titles [find the TOM]. visit the pinballmadness.com site, its the right row in the picture. Newer titles [in the collection] are there, just don't expect multiples of a single title, as you might find in a 'private parties bring the games' type expo. The very newest releases you may not even see in the collection, like DI, AS, SW, or Alien, even though the show is still 2 months away. Remember, it's a 'museum'. last march, a distributor had about 8 NIB sterns [AS, MET, BM66, WNBJM]. if more than one SW or an AS are going to be there this october, a distributor will likely need to set up again.

    historians will find a number from the 'rarest pin you have ever played' thread. very cool.

    best way to get a idea of what to expect is to view any of the youtube walk throughs of past arcade expos - last one being 3.0.

    not trying to discourage anyone from attending - depends on what you are looking for. worth a trip, at least once, to evaluate for yourself and determine if worthy of a return engagement. i should be there all weekend [$95 for all three days - 31 hours]. the arcades are a nice plus for me. if the campground is open, i believe it was something like $35 a night.

    #25 4 years ago

    What all comes with the campgrounds? I am totally green to this.

    #26 4 years ago

    Pinball news video.

    #27 4 years ago

    I got confirmation this morning that there will NOT be camping sites available for this event...

    #28 4 years ago
    Quoted from Beyndtstng:

    What all comes with the campgrounds? I am totally green to this.

    edited: NO camping this year, but left the camping info and link up for next March 16-17, 2018.

    the link below provides camping for the same location's spring event 'arcade expo'. $30 per nite - Friday and/or Saturday - tent camping only - park vehicle elsewhere - electricity - portable restroom facilities.

    http://www.arcadeexpo.com/camping/

    #29 4 years ago
    Quoted from greenhornet:

    [personal opinions]
    the arcades room is pretty amazing. lotsa vintage. doubt gamers will be disappointed. the arcades and pins are in separate wings of the same building, a very short 20 yard walk apart. lotsa pins, ~400. difficult to maintain those numbers. many of the machines, when acquired, needed work. despite best efforts, many machines still need help to play properly. expect some number of machines to be down. fewer machines are down with each new expo. the EMs and some ss played real floaty , [could be different this time around, but check out the Mata Hari]. action on a number of ss will disappoint. if you think you are going to relive your pinball youth, as I was, you will be disappointed. the action and playability of games, especially 1977-1985, and even later, may be nothing like they were back in their day. the volunteer tech help is great, but can only do so much with what they are given to work with. the majority will not be close to HUO condition. the lighting along one row, in particular, reflects dead center and low off the playfield glass. VERY unbearable, and sadly, a lot of nice titles [find the TOM]. visit the pinballmadness.com site, its the right row in the picture. Newer titles [in the collection] are there, just don't expect multiples of a single title, as you might find in a 'private parties bring the games' type expo. The very newest releases you may not even see in the collection, like DI, AS, SW, or Alien, even though the show is still 2 months away. Remember, it's a 'museum'. last march, a distributor had about 8 NIB sterns [AS, MET, BM66, WNBJM]. if more than one SW or an AS are going to be there this october, a distributor will likely need to set up again.
    historians will find a number from the 'rarest pin you have ever played' thread. very cool.
    best way to get a idea of what to expect is to view any of the youtube walk throughs of past arcade expos - last one being 3.0.
    not trying to discourage anyone from attending - depends on what you are looking for. worth a trip, at least once, to evaluate for yourself and determine if worthy of a return engagement. i should be there all weekend [$95 for all three days - 31 hours]. the arcades are a nice plus for me. if the campground is open, i believe it was something like $35 a night.

    Those are some spot on observations of some of the issues that we are up against. You are close by, any interest on helping out? You could meet us at my place and carpool, we are heading out next Sunday for tech day. Hell I will even swing by in the morning and pick you up if needed..
    I bet you and I could level the entire row(s) of eatly SS games in one day making them much less floaty and better playing.

    We could use help from anybody who is interested...

    #30 4 years ago

    Expo 2.0 and prior had many games go down by Sunday, after constant play throughout Friday and Saturday. Tech days where limited by people's personal obligations.

    Expo 3.0 had much more love leading up to the event and since tech days have taken place 1-2 x a month and weekly very shortly. Chuck has been great in getting volunteers on site and keeping it fun.

    Can't wait till the next tech day and the main event.

    #31 4 years ago

    Already booked the Houston Arcade Expo, same dates. One year...

    #32 4 years ago
    Quoted from Beyndtstng:

    Is this basically the same as arcade expo? What are the closest accommodations for this? Are restaurants close by?

    Yes, there are many accommodations near the Museum of Pinball (Pinball Madness). From low price to high price. Palm Springs is just a few miles down the road which has many many more hotel choices. Start with HOTELS.com (or your fave site). Address of the Museum of Pinball is: 700 S. Hathaway Banning, CA 92220

    Yes, lots of chain and mom-pop choices near by from In-n-Burger to some of the best Italian or the higher-end stuff at Morongo casino.

    If you don't know me, I coordinate all the volunteer technicians, manage the museum and assist with the events. If I don't have the answer I can get it fairly quick.

    We have 620 pinball machines. There are currently 520 working, different, pins on in the museum ready for Pinball Madness. We've been working our butts off since March to improve the attendee experience, fix and add pins. I take full responsibility for the quality and operability of the machines but I solely owe the volunteers who give 1000s of man-hours to keep this non-profit museum in shape.

    Pinball Madness will be more of a halloween pinball and arcade party. There will be little or no vendors (selling related items). We will have food, drinks, bands and tons of surprises. Also a haunted maze/house that you'll all love (no spoilers yet).

    Costumes are optional by encouraged.

    Just added: A actual wedding at 4pm on Saturday August 21 on the main stage. The pride and groom and 50 family and freinds will be dressed in the Dia de Muertos costumes.

    Buy tickets for Pinball Madness onlilne or at the door (https://arcadeexpo.myshopify.com/products/pinball-madness-1)

    Lastly - we can always use more pinball and arcade technicians either at the show or on our "TECH WEEKENDS". Please PM me if you're interested. Volunteers at Pinball Madness (and Arcade Expo) receive free entry, TECH T-shirt and a meal ticket. You can also volunteer HERE: https://arcadeexpo.myshopify.com/pages/pinball-madness-volunteer-interest-list

    Pinball Madness website: http://pinballmadness.com/
    Arcade Expo website: http://www.arcadeexpo.com/
    Museum of Pinball website: http://www.museumofpinball.org/

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    #33 4 years ago
    Quoted from cosmokramer:

    any interest on helping out? You could meet us at my place and carpool, we are heading out next Sunday for tech day.

    Sunday Aug 20 looks good to me - thankfully the PGA Championship is this week. PM me with your location and time to be there. sounds like there will still be assignments for technologically challenged people like myself.

    I now see chuckcasey lives close by. i'll check will him as well for transport.

    #34 4 years ago

    yes, we expect to a 1 to 10% failure rate on the pinball machine collection. We're shooting to have around 540 different pins operating when we open the doors on October 20. You can do the math. Even with the dedicated technicians and huge parts room we won't be able to fix all the failure during the show. We strive for perfection but I don't need to explain how and why pins fail.

    And yes, we're always looking for technicians. All levels of experience. PM me if interested in volunteering at the events or during our monthly TECH DAYS.

    #35 4 years ago

    ... and on a "busy" day you might actually see a small plane take off or land there.

    Quoted from cosmokramer:

    ... You are close by, any interest on helping out? You could meet us at my place and carpool, we are heading out next Sunday for tech day. Hell I will even swing by in the morning and pick you up if needed..
    I bet you and I could level the entire row(s) of eatly SS games in one day making them much less floaty and better playing.
    We could use help from anybody who is interested...

    Glad to see other fellow Pinsiders offering to help on the tech days.

    #36 4 years ago

    This place is on my bucket list... MUST GO ! : )

    Ok so what's the difference between Pinball Madness and Arcade Expo 4.0 ? Would there be a reason to wait for Arcade Expo instead ? Different type of events - I see the admission is higher for Arcade Expo so I assume maybe there is more involved then or no ?

    #37 4 years ago

    I can't answer those questions. Bucket list hell yes.

    I cannot go to the October show.

    So two big shows a year. A lot of work. Pinball madness looks fun.

    If there is any day it is open that I can get there, I will. That is a blanket statement.

    But the wheelchair, the lack of being able to drive and the 2.5 hour distance prevents me from much now.

    If you are interested I highly suggest the tech days volunteering. Highly.

    #38 4 years ago
    Quoted from PinballSTAR:

    This place is on my bucket list... MUST GO ! : )
    Ok so what's the difference between Pinball Madness and Arcade Expo 4.0 ? Would there be a reason to wait for Arcade Expo instead ? Different type of events - I see the admission is higher for Arcade Expo so I assume maybe there is more involved then or no ?

    Pinball Star, lets chat more later but here's the answers:

    Pinball Madness, October 20, 21 and 22 2017 is a Halloween party with 1100 pinball and arcade games on free play hosted by the Museum of Pinball. The entire campus will be decorated, we have a haunted boardwalk, Dia de Los Muertos real wedding, costume contests, bands, food, tournaments and much more. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. Everything is on FREE PLAY for one entry price. Discount for three day pass. http://pinballmadness.com/

    Arcade Expo 4.0 is a pinball and arcade expo hosted by the Museum of Pinball. 1100 arcade and pinball on free play, industry vendors, food, drinks, bands, tournaments, industry celebrities, seminars, Q&A, and more. One price and all games are on free play. http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

    Yes, the price is higher for Arcade Expo do to the size of the show, logistics, guest appearances, signage, marketing, etc. It's an EXPO compared to a big party. Please remember, no one is getting rich. We do this for the good of the hobby. The Museum of Pinball is a non profit (501(c)3) organization.

    Which do you chose? Both. If you had to chose one, I'd base it on your own schedule and the information above.

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    #39 4 years ago

    Pinball Madness plans are coming together. We'll have a real good idea what this Halloween costume party / Pinball and Arcade extravaganza will be like. I've seen some of the decorations the crew has been trucking in and heard rumors about how the whole thing will be laid out.

    This will be the biggest most [email protected] halloween pinball and arcade party in the US. Costume optional but highly encouraged.

    More information is being added to pinballmadness.com each day.

    #40 4 years ago

    i wish. that place needs to be more decently photographed. and a walk through tour video (free of commentary for brevity's sake) would be nice.

    #41 4 years ago

    Looking forward to going next year, unfortunately can't make it to Pinball Madness.

    The place is awesome though, truly something special.

    #42 4 years ago
    Quoted from douggalecawitz:

    i wish. that place needs to be more decently photographed. and a walk through tour video (free of commentary for brevity's sake) would be nice.

    Here's the walk I did moments before we opened the doors to Arcade Expo 3.0 on March 17, 2017. I captured around 400 of the 520 pins in the pinball machine part of the campus.

    #43 4 years ago

    Sent this to Chuck personally - but might as well ask the masses too... I'm thinking about doing Pinball Madness... might make it an escape weekend with my wife - I see how close it is to Palm Springs - any really nice resort places you can recommend there that maybe will help 'justify' a pinball trip to CA with my wife ? lol... you know what I'm getting at... Hey honey, let's go to a fancy Palm Springs resort to get pampered and OMG, will you look at that, there's a pinball show like 30 minutes away - wow, what a co-incidence ! lmao.... She'll know why she's going but I figured maybe take a weekend, see the museum for 1/2 the time and let her have her fun escape the other 1/2... Suggestions ?

    #44 4 years ago
    Quoted from PinballSTAR:

    Sent this to Chuck personally - but might as well ask the masses too... I'm thinking about doing Pinball Madness... might make it an escape weekend with my wife - I see how close it is to Palm Springs - any really nice resort places you can recommend there that maybe will help 'justify' a pinball trip to CA with my wife ? lol... you know what I'm getting at... Hey honey, let's go to a fancy Palm Springs resort to get pampered and OMG, will you look at that, there's a pinball show like 30 minutes away - wow, what a co-incidence ! lmao.... She'll know why she's going but I figured maybe take a weekend, see the museum for 1/2 the time and let her have her fun escape the other 1/2... Suggestions ?

    Just 5 miles east of the Pinball Madness location is Morongo Casino and Resort Spas. And if your wife is interested in shopping, between the Banning location and Morongo is The Cabazon Premium outlets. Both are closer than Palm Springs (but Palm Springs isn't terribly far away).

    #45 4 years ago

    And if the casino and shopping is a turn off there are a bunch of very nice hotels in PS. Use hotels.com and chose one of many. I've stayed at the Renaissance about 12 times and like everything about it (except for their restaurants). There are a ton of great great places to eat near bye the primary hotels in PS too.

    #46 4 years ago

    I noticed that Arcade Expo 4.0 is scheduled for the same weekend as Texas Pinball Festival next year which I desperately wish was not the case as I would like to attend both events. I'm just wondering why that is the case? I went to Arcade Expo 2.0 which was in January of 2016, and then this year it was moved to March but it was still a week earlier than TPF, and now for 2018 they will be on the same weekend. I know they are a long distance apart, but it seems like there should be a little separation for multiple reasons, but mainly for people and vendors who would like to attend both shows.

    #47 4 years ago

    The scheduling conflict is being addressed....not only is it tough for attendees to choose but also challenging for the vendors as well.....hopefully it will be worked out.
    We had about 20 volunteers yesterday, thanks to those who helped out, still a lot to do if you can pitch in...

    #48 4 years ago
    Quoted from cosmokramer:

    The scheduling conflict is being addressed

    Glad to hear it, that's a rough one to collide with.

    #49 4 years ago
    Quoted from kst8cat:

    I noticed that Arcade Expo 4.0 is scheduled for the same weekend as Texas Pinball Festival next year which I desperately wish was not the case as I would like to attend both events. I'm just wondering why that is the case? I went to Arcade Expo 2.0 which was in January of 2016, and then this year it was moved to March but it was still a week earlier than TPF, and now for 2018 they will be on the same weekend. I know they are a long distance apart, but it seems like there should be a little separation for multiple reasons, but mainly for people and vendors who would like to attend both shows.

    Last year it was required for Arcade Expo to move to March and St. Patty's day weekend was chosen, the weekend before TFP. TFP was the weekend following Arcade Expo and recognised as a growing and significant event. We knew it'd be a challenge for enthusiast to travel to both, even a weekend apart. Arcade Expo 4.0 dates were announced earlier this year and it appears that TFP needed to move to a weekend earlier for what ever reasons and earlier last week announced it would be the same weekend.

    The Museum of Pinball supports all pinball related events, even when they overlap with one of our events. We believe even when TFP or other related events chose to overlap with an event at the Museum of Pinball, we together support the hobby and fans of pinball together.

    And as you know, TFP and Arcade Expo are very different events. If you can not make it to Arcade Expo we respect your decision and hope you chose to attend one of our other events like Pinball Madness (pinballmadness.com in October 20-22, 2017) or "It Never Drains in Southern California (INDISC)" pinball tournament and festival (January 12-14, 2018).

    Pinball Madness: http://pinballmadness.com/
    INDISC INFO: https://www.neverdrains.com/
    Arcade Expo 4.0: http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

    Thanks for your support to the non-profit organization of the Museum of Pinball. For 2018 the dates will unfortunately overlap since we began ticket sales over a month ago.

    #50 4 years ago
    Quoted from cosmokramer:

    The scheduling conflict is being addressed....not only is it tough for attendees to choose but also challenging for the vendors as well.....hopefully it will be worked out.
    We had about 20 volunteers yesterday, thanks to those who helped out, still a lot to do if you can pitch in...

    We are grateful for our volunteers that keep our 550+ pinball machines and 550+ arcade games working. Final count last Sunday was 28 volunteers.

    Our next TECH DAY is September 23-24 (yes, a TECH WEEKEND). The information sharing, networking, mentoring, expertise and friendships made are extraordinary. If you'd like to become part of the team we could use your help preparing for Pinball Madness and generally furthering the hobby and fans of pinball.

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