(looks like the newsletter was the first to hear of this)
This year Paramount's Great America took Northern California down under with the first full waterpark experience inside a theme park. For 2005 PGA will bring Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay™ to an exciting new level with a major, mullti-million dollar expansion that will double the size of the waterpark to roughly the size of eleven football fields.
While plans for what promises to be one of the most formidable waterpark experiences in the region have yet to be finalized, it is expected that the new waterpark will include:
More water slides
The longest lazy river in the region offering in-water lounging and a relaxing cascading waterfall
A three-foot deep billabong lagoon set in a tropical environment
A brand new changing facility for the whole family
“Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay has entertained thousands of guests since opening in May 2004. We're looking forward to doubling the size of our water park for the 2005 season so that moms, dads and children of all ages can experience twice the fun,” says Rod Rankin, senior vice president and general manager of Paramount's Great America.
Wow. To me, this is the most suprising and unseen announcement for 05. I was thinking they'd either get a Reptar or a Scooby Dark ride. I think that once they get a 'real' water park into the park that maybe Paramount's Parks division will focus on gettin the park up to the standards of the others in the chain. Hey, they finally took notice of PCar, maybe PGA is coming soon!:)
Totally agree with Antuan. And Clint, don't count on it. I gave up on PGA years ago, and being that it's definitely the red headed stepchild of the Paramount chain, I'm sure we'll see just more cheap kiddie crap in 2006.
You're sure showing them...Paramount is only up what, 16% for attendance this year? :-P
While you can bet PGA ain't going to get anything huge any time soon (if ever), I still think they have some quality rides. Top Gun is one of the most intense inverteds out there, Drop Zone is fun, and I actually like Vortex.
PGA will continue to add family additions and you know what? They're going to rake in a helluvalot of money. Sorry "enthusiasts" up near San Fran!
At least I'm not one of these guys around here Joe that continue to visit their homepark anyway then come here to ***** about it. I'm just doing what everyone else here suggest, if you're unhappy with your local park, just stop going, which is what I've chosen to do.
And I realize it doesn't make any difference to PGA, but it makes a small difference to the parks I do care to patronize and the thousands of dollars I spend at parks every year. Just prefer to spend my hard earned dollars at parks that offer something for me, not just strictly kids. Especially at a park that has the nerve to charge $48 a head for, as Antuan perfectly put it, the world's largest kiddie park.
Ugh, you guys don't get it. Where do you get that "I'm showing them"? I'm not arguing with numbers, obviously from a business standpoint, this is a great move for the park. My not visiting makes no difference to anyone, except to my own wallet. How in the world do you guys get my not visiting is "showing em" or making any difference to anyone? Just curious.
There are many things out there I choose to boycott for one reason or another, that most likely don't make any difference at all in the big scheme of things. But I do it anyway because it seems like the right thing for me (and it's ALWAYS all about me!).
PGA gets a whopping 1.8 million visitors each year (+/- 100 thou). The only reason they were graced with my presence this year was because my company chose to have its annual picnic there for some reason. Thanks God for Marine World, who even though is not perfect, has enough to satiate my thrill fix.
I guess the "cheap kiddie crap" line is what made me respond to your post. It sorta insinuated that PGA is adding less-than-quality attractions when in reality, they are offering a fantastic assortment of things the whole family can do, not necessarily the thrillseekers.
By all means, don't go to PGA if you don't find value in it. I think you'll be continuing this boycott for many, many years to come though, because thrill rides at PGA just ain't happenin'!
Joe "$48 sure is a helluvalot of money for that park though, I'll say" C.
The quality of the attractions does suck in my opinion, not that it matters. For that same $48 each, I would take my family to Bonfante and have a much better time. :) Too bad more families don't even realize it's there.
C'mon guys I feel that PGA tore it's self down to build a better park. I think in the next several years that park is gonna be back on the maps. First they revamped their kiddy area, then they added the water park so people wont have the best of both worlds. So give it time folks I see them heading in the right direction.................
I have always thought PGA sucks, just now it's reaching new highs of suckiness.
And for a family park there sure is a lot of police activity in the parking lot, and even within the park at times. Much more than I've noticed at any other park, family or thrill. *** Edited 8/18/2004 1:43:45 AM UTC by GoliathKills***
I don't understand how someone can pat themselves on the back for not complaining about a park they're not visiting when guess what? Even though your not going, we're still hearing the complaining. PGA made it clear YEARS ago what direction they were going in, most of the Paramount parks did. Adding new coasters were not bringing in the profits that they'd hoped and they realized they just were not that good at competing in that category, so they changed focus. Basically, if you don't like what they're doing with the park, they're basically agreeing when you, find what your looking for elsewhere. *** Edited 8/18/2004 1:58:06 AM UTC by DWeaver***
I think you CAN, and should, ***** about a park if you're SO disappointed that you do "vote with your wallet" and go elsewhere.
I'm not gonna complain about WHAT attractions they offer, but I can say with a HIGH degree of certainty that I never have run into a staff half that bad at ANY Paramount park.....I was *amazed* at the attitudes of the employees there...I was happy when the day ended, and I had gotten my ride on Stealth.
The park *bites* not because of the rides, but because of everything ELSE about the place...and I was there back when they DID have *thrill rides*. When I go back to NorCal next year, I'll easily take a PASS on the place, even WITH their half-price discounted tix.
gator, ain't TOO surprised about the burning cars in the parking lot...although they SHOULD confine the serious vandalism to INSIDE the park...;)