Posted Thursday, March 1, 2012 9:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Lo-Q has signed up another US water theme park for its Q-band virtual queuing system. Zoombezi Bay, owned and run by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, is a new customer for Lo-Q and has signed a five-year agreement for Q-band.
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I don't understand how anyone expects this to work for a water park. Lines for water slides are already ridiculous in heavy crowds. Oh well... This just gives me more of a chance to cut in front of all the losers. :)
Zoombezi Bay has the added problem of severely restricted capacity. I don't know what Lo-Q users are supposed to do while waiting for their slots. They really did not build that park big enough.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Yeah, I was thinking that as well. It really is a bad idea in the park just because it isn't really *big enough.* I'm sure waits can be long during the peak of summer, but the rest of the attractions in Jungle Jacks Landing just don't make for much of a time filler and the zoo exhibits are just a little too far of a walk to go look at something, come back to a ride(s), etc. Zoombezi Bay is a glorified add-on, not as much a full park. This would have been a stretch even as Wyandot Lake, I think.
I agree with you Dave. The planners should have studied Splashin Safari more closely. Waterparks suck at capacity. If I remember correctly, Zoombezi Bay's mat racer has only six lanes. Why did they not build one with ten or twelve lanes when they had more than enough room?
Why did they build a wave pool that is half the size of the one they took out? Why did they build the waterpark with NO food service inside its gates? Why did they do half the things they did with that place?
I suspect they were expecting Wyandot Lake size crowds in a brand new park. Hey, if Wyandot had received a little capex, it might have been able to attract Zoombezi Bay-sized crowds...
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
I live in Columbus, and I wanna cry real tears when I see what they've done there. All the large beautiful trees are gone, the water park is inadequate, and the ride section looks rag-tag parking lot carnival. Even Gooding's Zoo Park back in the 60's was more interesting than this place.
I understand the need to move the road,(traffic and access is much better now), and that they needed a decent parking lot half the size of Kings Island's. Our Zoo is awesome, world class, and everyone should visit. But someone clearly wasn't thinking in the planning and execution of the amusements, and it's a shame. Crowds there can be huge, and it's a potential gold mine. I can attest that central Ohioans get tired of making day trips to attend a nice park with rides and slides, but I haven't talked to many locals who were impressed with the Zoombezi Bay experience.
So, good luck to them with this Lo-Q thing. Whatever- it won't bother me because we don't go anymore. Sadly.
Isn't this the place with the classic Sea Dragon woodie? I really wanna ride that.
These reports sound pretty bad. Sounds like they need a dose of very basic common sense that happens at places like Holiday World.
Yes it is, Billy. It's a saving grace that they recogized the benefit in saving it. But once again strange planning got in the way. They left it in it's spot so it's strangely oriented in the new park. It's like the back of the coaster is now the front, and the rare curved loading station is hard to view until you're in it. Small thing, I know, but that place gives me a headache.
The ride is notable for it's historic value, but not much else. It's had some downtime due to renovations. If you've been on any of the ScoobyDoos that dot the country you've been on it. So, I'd say don't go out of your way to get it... you should come for the Zoo, though, and to visit me, of course.
^The Beastie used to be the best woodie at Kings Island... It's still pretty close though.
Well,... it comes in ahead of SOB at least... :)
Tangent time. What's up with SOB anyhow? I thought they were supposed to make a decision about it at the end of the season last year...
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