Developer wants to build hotel and indoor/outdoor water park in Atlantic City Marina District

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:29 AM | Contributed by Agent Johnson

Developers hope to open a 31-story hotel and year-round waterpark within two years in the resort’s Marina District, they said. The site will consist of 5 acres of outdoor waterpark and 45,000 square feet of of indoor water park, with ride names that keep with the Diving Horse theme, said Sherwood and architect Rick Ragan.

Read more from The Press of Atlantic City.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 1:09 PM

With no casino, and the poverty level of many city residents, I'm thinking it won't fly. But if they can draw the "waterpark-as-babysitter" crowd...as some theme parks do.. it could see some success. That's not an area of the city that has anything else to do besides the three casinos, although the Boardwalk and shopping area are easily accessible by jitney.

I was supposed to see Weird Al in AC Friday night, but ended up eating the ticket due to a transportation snafu..

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Thursday, May 17, 2012 3:33 PM
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Thursday, May 17, 2012 3:18 PM

I hope it does well, but I don't think it well. Family attractions never seem to be successful in Atlantic City. In the late 80's and early to mid 90's, every casino had an arcade and Trop World had Tivoli Pier. I wasn't an enthusiast back then but even with the small coaster, it was still fun to ride amusement rides in the middle of winter. Now it seems like another attempt is being made to bring back families with Tropicana getting an arcade again and Harrah's recently added indoor mini golf and now this water park and the changes at Steel Pier.

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Friday, May 18, 2012 8:57 PM

I live in Brigantine. For those who are unfamiliar with it, we are a small island just a bridge away from Atlantic City. We are quite excited about the waterpark. Just because Atlantic City has a great deal of poverty, doesn't mean those of us in the more affluent surrounding areas won't be going. I work about 20 minutes inland any many of my co-workers with children are really looking forward to it. Right now we have to drive over an hour to access an indoor waterpark and many of us do. I really hope it will be successful.

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