New Orleans goes another summer without a water park

Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2005 1:03 AM | Contributed by Cameraman

With its sticky hot summers that begin long before Memorial Day and frequently spill into October, New Orleans should be a dream location for a water park. But after the demise of two water park proposals in Jefferson Parish, and despite promises of water rides at the Six Flags theme park in eastern New Orleans, the local area is wilting through another steamy summer with no water park construction in sight.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005 10:19 AM
After my first full year in New Orleans let me just say this...

(clearing throat).....

New Orleans SUCKS. The summer sucks even worse. A water park would be nice, but will likely be crowded and you will want to stay away. How sad is's nicer to go to one of the water parks in Mississippi. That's just scary. MS doesn't require drivers to have insurance, if that tells you anything!

Man I miss Baltimore :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 10:31 AM
I don't know if you've been to Blue Bayou, but it's pretty nice. They've been adding high capacity slides that do a good job of moving lines. The body slides are the ones that tend to have long lines and often the wavepool is too crowded.

Also read that it says Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin's attendance has grown exponentially over the past three years. It wouldn't surprise me if they got higher attendance than Six Flags New Orleans. When I went the last week of operation on a Wednesday, the place was packed (but not in an uncomfortable way), and from what I've heard it's like that every single day.

*** This post was edited by Cameraman 8/16/2005 10:36:41 AM ***

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 12:50 PM
I haven't been there, but I've heard it's quite nice. I need to go just to get pictures of their boomerang.

But, I've heard the new park ni Gulfport, MS is excellent...and they have a Master Blaster style slide!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 1:40 PM
While it looks good, it's just so tiny! Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin' is about the same price and has SO much more! Bigger waterpark + an amusment park! I opted to go there instead of Gulf Islands and feel I made the right decision. I was very impressed with Blue Bayou. Their new racing slide is amazing, tallest and fastest one.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 5:52 PM
Blue Bayou is cheaper..GULF ISLANDS:oneday adult- $29.95season pass- $79.95 !!!!BLUEBAYOU AND DIXIE LANDIN:oneday adult- $26.75season pass- $44.95bluebayou/dixielandin season passes are like $35 cheaper?i went to Gulf Islands.. and sigh.. it was very boring. they have a master blaster.. that's the only thing that could possibly be worth going for.. and it's very short.the slides (2 tube)- are very slow..the lazy river is slow also..the good idea in the park is having the wave pool connected to the lazy river.. its kewl when you get to the end of the lazy river and the waves are on.. but the rest of the lazy river is slow and boring..i had more fun at my hotel.. the lazy river was faster and my hotel had a waterfall in the pool. haha..maybe if they expand ALOT.. i would go back.. but as of now, I have no intentions of revisiting
*** This post was edited by beau05 8/16/2005 5:53:09 PM ***
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 6:43 PM

Peabody wrote:

MS doesn't require drivers to have insurance, if that tells you anything!

That has changed since you last visited. MS now requires all drivers to have insurance. ;)

And to stay on topic, Geyser Falls ( at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, MS has had attendance explode since opening in '02. Most Saturdays the park has to close the gates only several hours after opening to due the crowds. It's a VERY nice park (good slides, great landscaping, great restaurants, etc..) and its definately worth a visit if you are in the area for the casinos.


Friday, August 19, 2005 10:50 AM
The N. O. city or parish council should tell SF, "Tough luck, you didn't build a water park, so we're going to let someone else do it."

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