Anyone know more details, like who's supplying the flume and what the other rides are going to be?
To see what it looked like when the Men in Red came through on 11/29/2006, have a look at the video on my site. Since then, the site has changed *a lot*.
Zoombezi Bay could potentially make Geauga Lake's water park look kind of pathetic by comparison...
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Pictures taken on Friday. Video will probably be up tomorrow.
I don't know for certain whether or not they'll be running, but when I renewed my zoo membership earlier this month, I asked a staff member what the deal was with the rides, etc. She said they are pay-per-ride, and did not seem to think there would be a POP wristband etc available. I was told that right now, there are the ride cards they've had ("punch" cards that are 15 punches for $10,) but that she believes they're working on new, reloadable cards. She certainly didn't indicate that the dry rides *wouldn't* be working, so I would infer then that they will be open. The last time I drove past (again, a few weeks ago,) the place appeared to be coming together.
To me, $60-80 (depending on whether or not you're a zoo member) is pretty steep for a pass that doesn't even include the dry rides -- especially when dry rides cost around $1/piece. I didn't mind the price too terribly much, as I figured that it was a small dry park in addition to the waterpark. But I have a feeling they're going to have a number of angry customers on their hands when people who purchase the passes find out that they have to pay again for the rides. (When the park was Wyandot, the handful of dry rides were included.)
Anyways, that's getting a bit o/t. Short answer, Brother Dave, is that I'm fairly certain they will be.
There was a news story the other night that had a fly-over shot of Zoombezi, and even though it looks like there's a lot to do, we were assured that everything would be ready to go on Mem day weekend. I think the emphasis for the first season will be on the waterpark, which looks great, ride-wise. It all came from Whitewater, and they've left the old Christopher Island dump bucket play structure, too. The new wave pool looks huge.
As far as additional dry rides go, I think we were promised a DiskO and a spinning coaster of some sort. (The rendering has a coaster that looks a lot like a Gerstlauer back to back type ride-if that's the case I wouldn't look for it till next year.)
The grounds currently consists of giant mud holes, and they look like they will eventually become lakes, which will be nice. The footers for the flume and swinging ship are positioned over one of these lakes.
I'll post more if anything new shows up.
Cyclone is the tornado slide (yellow and blue). Launching from the same tower is Tahitian Twister family raft ride (blue and black).
Dolphin Dash is the six person racer. Sounds like a pretty good line-up for a brand new park. Hopefully there will be an animal element in the future like the Dolphin slide at Sea World's Aquatica.
What an incredible difference between the old Gooding Zoo Park days and now!
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I'm really interested to hear how this pay-per-ride bit goes over... especially if it remains at $1/ride (which is the current cost for the carousel, boat ride, and mini train.)
Generally speaking, I'm a fan of the zoo and what they do, and although admission is steep, it's a *very* nice zoo and so I've never complained too much. (I'm also usually a member, so I shell out once and am able to get myself and a guest or two in anytime I need.) Paying for the rides in the zoo never bothered me -- after all, it's a zoo, not an amusement park -- but somehow paying for rides in a park feels a different story.
Selfishly, I'm looking at it this way: I run a small day care (six kids) and am in discussion with my clients to get season passes for the kids for the summer, figuring it's something we can do once a week or so and still have fun. However, I ASSumed that the dry rides would be included (particularly as they were when it was Wyandot.) Now I'm looking at probably $6-7 per ride, per visit (dependent on their polices on under-twos riding for free and whether or not they charge accompanying adults,) in addition to the already-purchased passes.
So the "value prospect" of the pass itself dims, especially furthermore when I factor in walking a group of little kids through/past the dry park on the way to the waterpark every time we go. They'll whine & beg to get on the rides, and honestly, I can't really blame them. While my personal solution will probably be to have a 'choose one ride' (or two) rule, and let them each ride one ride per visit, I just feel like it's not something that should be an issue after buying a pass.
As someone who is/will be both a zoo member AND a season pass holder to the waterpark (which I have no problem having separate gate fees,) I'll be interested to see if there's a discount on the rides... and if not, or if it's a crappy one, that's really upsetting to me.
Seems to me they could come up with a better plan... a $20 upcharge on the pass for those who want to include dry rides, dry rides free for passholders (pay-per-ride for those on day passes... sure would sell more season passes,) or a $5-7/day POP wristband. Just something that makes it more reasonable than 12 rides at $1/piece.
I'm not knowledgeable enough to know: is there another waterpark that includes the water attractions at the gate but is pay-per-ride on the dry rides? (I understand the uniqueness of the zoo/waterpark combo, but can't recall an instance of a waterpark that charged additional for dry rides. Definitely doesn't mean it hasn't happened though.)
Ah well... I should stop talking in the same circles in each post and just deal with it I guess. I'm just frustrated, as someone in the area, at having to pay then pay again for attractions that it seems should be included.
On the positive side: I'm glad to see lots of reasonable height restrictions on the rides. Sea Dragon at 42" (what did it used to be,) but the vast majority of the other rides at 36". Causes less drama for my teeny 4.5 year old, who is of course the shortest (at finally 39") but most thrill-seeking of my group.
/End ramble. (Ugh. I gotta learn to be more succinct.)
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