Published: May 30, 2013 at 10:11 PMI'm a sucker for a water parks. I always end up at the wave pool or lazy river at King's Dominion and Hershey Park instead of riding the one-of-a-kind coasters at the parks.
I do love really well-themed water parks like Orlando's Aquatica, HP's Boardwalk and Typhoon Lagoon.
Published: May 30, 2013 at 11:52 PMStupid question, im sort of a pointless number nerd, so i keep wundering when the newest TEA report for last year will get out. Should be sometime arround now yes?
Published: May 31, 2013 at 7:28 AMLOVE WATER PARKS... In fact, I love them so much that I wish someone would start their own water park nerd website... we have enough websites for theme parks and amusement parks, so lets add some love for water out there. I love the Orlando water parks (my favorite hands down is Typhoon Lagoon), I love Wisconsin Dells (only 2.5 hour drive from my house :)), and I really do love the innovation that Schlitterbahn water parks have within their locations. It's simple, in the summer time I'm a water park junky (It's a shame that this season is so short), and in the fall, winter, and spring time, I'm a theme park junky.
Published: May 31, 2013 at 8:44 AMFrom the pictures and description of the park, it doesn't seem that much different from the former Knott's Soak City. With SeaWorld not bringing much new to the table, I think most attendees will still be mostly local residents. Of course as a local I will still need to check it out.
Published: May 31, 2013 at 8:49 AMTo the anonymous poster, you're not alone! I was all over the TEA website last night, looking for updated numbers. I'm on their mailing list, but have heard nothing yet about this year's attendance report. But you're right, it is time. The last one was released in May 2012, I believe.
Published: May 31, 2013 at 9:18 AMRobert: One of the other sites mentioned that the report was coming out June 4th. Hope they're right. It's always interesting.
Published: May 31, 2013 at 2:22 PMI love the view in the picture of San Diego's Aquatica. The mountains in the background make it look so beautiful. In Orlando, all you see is sprawl and traffic. Not that San Deigo doesn't have that too, but mountains and palm trees in the same photo make for an awesome sight.
Published: May 31, 2013 at 6:29 PMWith 4 kids, water parks are usually more of a hassle than an enjoyment (as compared to going to a normal theme park where usually there are a handful of rides that will get you wet). First of all, it's at least DOUBLE the preparation to get everyone ready to go, and to have extra clothes and extra towels... and then you have to lug all that with you. Second, it's usually me, dad, who gets to lug those heavy awkward inflatable floats up 4 flights of stairs on many of the water rides. Third, I would love to relax on the lazy river or beside the wave pool, but kids get bored pretty quickly and it's usually off to something else within just a couple of hours. At a normal theme park, everyone is usually continually walking from one ride to the next... only really sitting/resting when eating or watching a show. So, more often than not, if we do a water park... its because its PART of a theme park we already have seasonally access to... like Kings Dominion or Six Flags America. While Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of my favorite theme parks on the east coast, we hardly ever go to Water Country U.S.A.
Published: June 1, 2013 at 2:41 AMI'll sometimes do waterparks, but being as out of shape as I am, they take a lot out of me, what with all the climbing, hilly terrain, and stairs to the tops of attractions. If I go to a waterpark, I'm spending most of my time in the lazy river and/or wave pool. I do plan to hit Great Adventure's Hurricane Harbor for the first time ever this year, since it's included on my pass. I also like Dorney's Wild Water Kingdom.
And the blonde in the accompanying photo is rather cute.
Published: June 1, 2013 at 8:45 PMI love Water Parks, my favorite being Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. I went to the Aquatica opening today and the re-Theme brought fresh life to the park but some of the rides could be better. (Tassie's Twister & Walhalla Wave are the best)
Some of the other rides are slow and it was a bit of a train wreck seeing the life guards try and load people onto slides. (It was painfully slow with horrible procedures in place.
Example, for Kiwi Curl; they had a chain link that they had to unhook to let new riders into the loading area. Each slide was setup so that two people could be in loading and then go one at a time. The life guard would only call 3 people in at a time (instead of 6, which is what the ride supported) wait until they all were in position and then dismiss them all at once. The ride was built for more capacity and it even has a Red/Green Light system to queue tubers when to go. (But they weren't using it)
Here are some photos showing off the beautiful refurbishment.
Here are videos of the slides as well.
Published: June 4, 2013 at 6:11 AM@ThemeparkDan - Thanks for the pix of Aquatica's Opening Day. It seemed to be a little chilly there, which is surprising; I remember it being a 90+ degree weekend and Aquatica is a mile or three inland. I couldn't get the videos to work, but I guess I can work on that later.