Alfa Smartparks, the unknown player

Sunday, March 17, 2002 9:18 AM

Tried to go to Wild Waters last Sunday to get our season passes processed (state employee benefits, yay). Anyway, the waterpark was closed so we had to go to Silver Springs next door to take care of the passes. The place was PACKED. I'd let you all guess why, but anyone that would guess probably isn't on the 'net...Wayne Newton! Well, we did the glass-bottom boats and the river safari ride (first time in about 30 years for me)...

Got some pics of the most recent installations at Wild Waters, a nice dual-tracked waterslide...as all their slides, weather-phenomena for names. So anyway, the name on the pass says "Alfa Smartparks", whose name came up recently re: an acquisition of a certain Southeastern park. Check out what they have in their line-up. Wondering if they couldn't use a nice new/used coaster in one of these locales...Enchanted Castle, Castle Park, or one of their many waterparks. (Or has the Visionland experience left a sour taste?)...

http://www.smartparks.com/

Discussion-time!

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Sunday, March 17, 2002 9:29 AM
It appears that Alfa is in deep trouble. We already know what happened with Jazzland (should that even be listed on their site anymore?) and it appears that they are trying to sell some of their waterparks as well. I really love what they did after aquiring Emerald Pointe though. In a few years they have installed some large new slides, a nice kids area, and a water-coaster.

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Sunday, March 17, 2002 2:53 PM
It actually started when Ogden Entertainment decided to get into the park business.It quickly acquired a number of waterparks FEC's and small amusement parks in the U.S. It soon found out that they had over extended themselves, and sold the park operation to AlfaAlfa. They too, found out that they had bitten off more than they can chew. There's talk of them downsizing, and at least one notable park person who sold out to Ogden has suggested that he'd be interested in buying back his former property.
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Monday, March 18, 2002 10:27 AM
They're trying to sell a Wet'n'Wild Park(Some water park) in Austrailia as well. All parks they own that have a major coaster are in debt or closed(Visionland, Jazzland, and Echanted Castle...whatever the park is that has that mummy coaster.) Alfa Smart took their first shot at a theme park(Jazzland) and failed. Who know what will happen to one the largest park chains in the world.
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