The new wavepool is 1/3 smaller than the existing one, which means it's 2/3 the size of the existing one. It's not meant to replace the existing one, but work with it. In theory it's kind of like building an addition on the exising one.
I wouldn't bet on the latter Bill. When was the last time CF put in a dark ride anyway? I really need to give Dorneys waterpark a try. We were up last week at the park and decided to skip it due to the rather massive crowds allready in there. I'm definitely up for whatever will help handle the crowds in the waterpark or continue to take people away from the ride park. Talon was a front seat walk on at 1 pm.:)
If the waterpark at Dorney is that packed, then this is a good addition IMO.
I hadn't been to a waterpark in years but decided to hit Waterworld in Denver this last week to escape the continuous 100+ weather. They have two wavepools and they compliment each other nicely. Both had good crowds all day long and I'd hate to see how packed it would be with only one. Waterworld was in a different position though, their older, smaller pool is one of the oldest in the U.S. and they definately neededa bigger one considering the crowds that place pulls in.
Playa, you might have another convert here. Not that I didn't like waterparks to begin with, just a little self-conscious with the physique and all. One dark t-shirt and a full day of water-logged goodness and I don't think I'll be passing up Splashin' Safari next time I visit HW. :)
8.3, It's not that the waterpark has poor capacity, it's that it's very very busy at times. It's a hugemongous waterpark; I think it's the largest in PA.
I don't get why the crowds aren't more spread out between the two sides of the park. I think that maybe they were trying to get more people to visit the ride side, and away from the waterpark when they built Hydra.
I spent half a day at the waterpark and only got to ride 2 slides and the lazy river (once each). It was one of the first days the waterpark was open for the season, I think. I visited the ride side for the second half of the day and rode everything in a few hours.
I have no idea what they could do to reduce crowds. A second wave pool might help a teeny tiny bit.
LOL, dex...that's the thing. You don't reduce the crowds in the waterpark, you just BUILD more... :)
Heath....good call on the dark rides from CF....they have torn down quite a few, built none. Probably afraid their *rowdy thrillseeker* guests would destroy them, LOL. Plus, they ARE almost as bad as waterpark rides as far as capacity. (Nice segue, huh?)....;)
Swoosh....check yer PMs, not sure if we might hook up in PA/Northeast.
bill, visiting Dorney...August 5. Not the waterpark...just a morning stop on my way to Knoebels, where the Schmeck runs WILD... :)
That was one thing that did blow me away at Dorney. It wasn't even that hot the day I visited, but I was able to ride every coaster with less than a 15 minute wait (including quite a few near walk-ons.) Go over to the water park, and the place was packed. But then we started walking, and there was more water park. And down the hill we started walking...and more water park. It just went on and on.