Grand Bear Lodge in Utica Illinois has this setup as seen here.
Would companies like Great Wolf or Kalahari consider doing this in the future? It would be another winter option for places like Sandusky, OH or Wisconsin Dells.
...but how well would they do business-wise during the summertime when people would rather spend the time outdoors?
I'd like to see maybe one or two pop-up around the East Coast, but I think any more would be over-kill. It'd be best served in areas where there's a high-demand, but seasonal weather isn't the greatest (ie: ikky winters).
Grand Bear is trying. I've give 'em that. Small flat rides that require a small footprint and low overhead clearance.
Actually the waterpark at MOA isn't located inside MOA. It's attached to a hotel that is close to MOA and the airport. Still your point is quite valid. People come to the Twin Cities, fly into the airport, want to stay near MOA, and stay at the hotel/waterpark for the weekend.
Throw in maybe 10 - 12 rides including some adult flats and maybe a small/medium size family style coaster something like Runaway Train at Gillian's and it would be a great way to break up the offseason.
The dry ride area is only open Thurs. - Sun. , they give discounts on wristbands to hotel guests, and they allow the outside public to ride for a more expensive wristband or per ride tickets.
For an average of $200 for an automatic group of 4 people, you get 2 full days at most indoor waterparks.
Except for a few rooms at Castaway Bay for 3 people, all rooms are quoted with at least 4 total guests, with larger group packages also being available.
At least at Splash Lagoon in Erie, PA, you also get free breakfast, free use of towels, low-cost locker rentals, and some other freebies during various times of the year.
My hotel package at Splash Lagoon in Erie from December 29 and 30, 2006 (considered one of the busiest times for indoor waterparks during Christmas break, was originally $179 plus tax, but a late sale decreased the price an additional $25 (which Splash Lagoon always applies IF you call them on their toll-free number), plus we got a few freebies/souvineers in addition to the lowered price for 4 of us.
That's an average of less than $20 per person per day, and you get the hotel stay as part of the package.
Pretty cheap to me!
You can opt for a non-guaranteed 'Day Pass', and pay between $30-40 per person, per day, at some of the indoor waterparks, but WHY would you not buy the cheaper package deal?
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