New Orleans could end up with two water parks

Posted Friday, May 28, 2004 10:51 AM | Contributed by Jeff

New Orleans could go from dry to drowning if proposals to build two water parks in the area both go forward, industry experts say. Though neither project is ready to draw water yet, some question whether the city can support two water parks. Six Flags has a park on their master plan, and developer Coastal Entertainment Operations wants to build one as well. Experts warn of market saturation.

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Friday, May 28, 2004 11:33 AM
Ha ha, SATURATION. Get it?
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Friday, May 28, 2004 8:28 PM
LOL thats funny!
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Monday, May 31, 2004 8:08 PM
They could barely support a theme park, what makes them think two waterparks will work. Tourists don't go to New Orleans to visit theme parks, and the local income base is too low for many of the locals to afford to spend their disposable income on entertainment. Won't work.......just like Visionland
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Monday, May 31, 2004 8:41 PM
Last time I checked, VisionLand was a thriving busines...
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Monday, May 31, 2004 11:37 PM
If done right it may work... Six Flags New Orleans is doing quite well in its second season with no additions (attendance holding up just as high). Jazzland's problem was that it wasn't executed well at all. The city can definitely handle one waterpark. Blue Bayou is in Baton Rouge and does fine. The comment about locals not being able to afford the entertainment is just not valid... At this point though I'm doubting Six Flags will build a waterpark though. And hey, this Zephyrland will have a master blaster slide and will only be about 3 miles from my house so... I'm not complaining. But if Six Flags were to build a waterpark, it would probably be the more successful endeavor. The types of people each waterpark brings in may be different though so...hmm, I wonder.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2004 8:33 AM
do they plan on building the waterpark right next to SFNO? I guess that mighte work, the idea being people would go to the theme park, and then to the waterpark. With separate admissions of course. But i thought Six Flags was supposed to be in debt? How can they afford to put in another water park?
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Tuesday, June 1, 2004 12:34 PM
It wasn't going to be a separate gate waterpark, it would be included in the (presumably higher) admission price and would be another section of the park. Six Flags has been straying away from separate gate admission where possible. However, you're right about their debt. While waterparks are no more expensive than mid-sized roller coasters, they still cost a large amount of money 9-12 million dollars or so. I consider it possible that they may build it, but highly unlikely.
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Friday, June 4, 2004 12:09 PM
VisionLand is thriving BECAUSE of the waterpark.

Waterparks are just plain good investments, they're CHEAP to build and they bring in the peeps *by the boatload*...;)

Of course, if I lived in NO I'd just make the drive to Schlitterbahn....:)

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