Ive been to maybe 5 water parks altogether and I have never saw them trying to make you buy a tube for the lazy river, and if you don't making you get a yellow one and only letting you go around once until a couple of days ago. Have I just been missing something?
Magic Waters charges for tubes.
Noah's Ark charges for tubes.
Those are the big ones (still actually open) that I have been to recently besides Hurricane Harbor.
However parks like Holiday World and Splashin Safari are an exception where you dont have to pay for tubes. But you still dont have any for the wave pools.
Typical Holiday World - Pay once at the gate, Have fun.
I felt sorry for people working those stands. People got pretty pissed at that extra charge and took it out on them.
Rafts are available for the grand opening of Tidal Wave Bay! Raft rentals are only $5 (plus $1 deposit) for a single and $8 (plus $1 deposit) for a double.
The only place OOF provides a tube is at one slide complex. Unlike what others have said about their waterparks, Oceans doesn't require a tube for the lazy river. In fact, only about half the people in the lazy river are on tubes, the rest, like me, are walking/floating.
Can't they just up the admission price a bit and save all the hassle of tube rentals?
I don't think the parks see exta money inside the gates as a "hassle". However when you include tubes with admission the demand skyrockets. This means more tubes to buy, maintain, and get in the way in the pools and on the midway. The idea of charging for the tubes is similar to charging for go karts or a skycoaster - to lessen demand.
Although if I was a park manager I would make tubes availabe to pass holders for free.
Sorry, but I'm a waterpark newbie with a question: If you rent a tube, what the heck do you do with it while not in the pools/slides? Do you get a bicycle lock and chain it to a chair or is someone always in charge of "watching the tubes" like it's a purse or something. Seems like too much work to me...
I guess they figure you'll just use it 'till you get tired, then turn it in for your deposit. Usually you can't take it out of the waterpark area anyway.
WOF Guy said:I don't think the parks see exta money inside the gates as a "hassle".
Guests DO....and Will K. does...
...and long lines waiting to rent tubes and lockers in addition to long lines waiting for waterpark rides, and for drinks, etc., turns into a lot of WAITING...go ahead and make me pay - AT THE GATE! After that, esp. in a waterpark settting, money is a HASSLE to deal with...for guests.
Enter Schlitterbahn, and the innovative "splash cash"! :)
Using the rent system, parks can keep gate prices low, minimize the number of tubes they own, maintain a higher/more comfortable capacity, and still offer the product to the people who want one.
Now, I think season pass holders should be given the privilage of having tubes included in their fee. This would reduce the "hassle" for frequent visitors.
Arthur Bahl said:
Typical Six Flags - Pay, Pay, and Pay again.
And isn't Six Flags (more specifically SFoT) the originator of the Pay Once Price admission scheme?
Actually George Tilyou was the true pioneer of the POP system at Coney Island's Steeplechase Park back in 1897. When he built his park he decided to charge 25 cents to enter and then allow guests to enjy the attractions as much as they wanted.
Sorry, but I'm a waterpark newbie with a question: If you rent a tube, what the heck do you do with it while not in the pools/slides?
I have not been to many waterparks, and assume many have their own policies, but at Waterworld Colorado, they give you a wristband when you rent a tube. Then, if you want to go down bodyslides, you can just return it, and pick up another whenever you want. Anyone caught with a tube without a wristband is no doubt ejected from the park.
Like other waterparks, they have free tubes in another color, but you just have to wait (sometimes a VERY long time) to get them, and (I believe) you are limited to one cycle around the lazy river. So it's worth renting one for sure, especially for the wavepool.
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