Is the increased interest from the public because of more thrilling innovations or are the peeps becoming less interested in actual ride portion of parks? Does this massive heat wave that's positioned itself over the majority of the midwest have anything to do with it, or is it just a timely bonus for water park owners?
Why would there be such an interest amongst industry folk now? I mean, it's always been known that water slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools are really fun and, as a whole, cost a heck of a lot less than a coaster, so what has changed in the past couple years? Are the large amusement park owners starting to realize that maintaining or increasing attendance by adding a new coaster every few years is no longer as economical as expanding their water parks instead?
Also, people in the industry are finally starting to realize that operations like indoor water parks combined with hotels are not a fad and really do bring in the beaucoup (bookoo) bucks year round.
I know I've proposed a bunch of questions, but I'm interested in what people's thoughts are on the determining factors that have lead to the whole industry finally taking notice.
-Signed, Waterpark Fan ;)
mOOSH - likes waterparks, too.
That discussion didn't seem to delve into some of the questions I had though, and since news article discussions pretty much die when their link leaves the main page, I thought that a thread in the forum on the topic would be better than replying to a "dead" news article discussion.
Should I have signed it 'Wavepool Tamer' instead? ;)
Each day the waterpark is slammed and the park has made signs to let guests know at the front gate: "Hurricane Harbor is expected to operate at full capacity today, etc..." While I don't know how the amusement park is doing on hot summer days, the waterpark has reached capacity quickly almost every day since opening.
Still makes me wonder what SFGAm is going to do with the current water rides inside the park. Yes, I remember Logger's Run was refurbished not too long ago. But is there a point to have 4 large water rides AND a waterpark? Hmmmmm....
Flumes, most rapids, everything else is just a good cooling-off/misting....more parks should invest in those misting fans, they ROCK!
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