This is possibly the best park map I've ever seen. I tip my hat to the people that created this.
Then again...you order tacky website, you get tacky website. Drive down the Dell's main drag and you'll see how the website BLENDS with the resort community itself.
As long as they can build Hellacoasters...I ain't mad.
HA! That was great! I never thought about it that way before, but that town is built out of pop ups.
Dorney Park no more than a couple weeks ago had their park map animated as well.
An animated park map is nice & really cool if it's an option & not the only choice. But it should be done a little more logically. It should take up a larger portion of the screen & the whole interactivity portion is useless. That's what the "rides & attractions" part of a site is all about.
They have the right idea, but the execution was piss poor.
However they have great coasters and tracks so I guess I can forgive the site. :)
If Mount Olympus was going to spend $15,000, say, on a website, even an initial buildout, you'd think they'd include basic information like this:
*Schedule of operation - calendar and hours (even if it's a loose, laid back mom and pop schedule)
*Easy to access highway maps and directions to the park
*Pictures of the rides
*Hotel information, amenities
The graphics are fabulous, though. Like icing on an empty cake box.
In the future they're probably going to expand the site to include information. ;)
Bill *** Edited 5/6/2005 6:41:04 AM UTC by Bill*** *** Edited 5/6/2005 7:08:52 AM UTC by Bill***
Hotel information, amenities
They actually sell the hell out of their hotel(s). Like most things on the site, it's just not exactly easy nor intuitive to find.
Click 'lodging' in the top bar then in the new info that opens up in the main area you can either:
A. Click the last line and visit the Treasure Island website (which gives all the info you could want on the hotel)
B. Click the first tab in the main window, wait for the main window to change again, then click the last line which takes you to the same Treasure Island site.
Not exactly efficient, but the info is there.
Easy to access highway maps and directions to the park
Just click the 'directions' in the main orange tool bar. The main window updates to general driections from the main nearby cities. You can click on those and a new window opens to mapquest with the park's info already filled in.
Again, sucky design making the user take several unnecessary steps to get the info.
Pictures of the rides
Admittedly, this one is hit or miss, but still...
Click 'Rides & Attractions' in the main orange bar. On the goofy animated map, click the ride you're interested in. The info that pops up often includes a picture of the ride.
Schedule of operation - calendar and hours
Yeah, that's a pretty obvious omission.
Don't get me wrong, the site sucks. It's a perfect guide for what not to do with Flash on your site. It's confusing, hard to navigate and the changes taking place in the main window are slow and annoying.
*** Edited 5/6/2005 6:12:26 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***
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