How can you keep a water park open at night? Water and darkness are a bad mix for safety, so keeping pools and waterslides open at night requires quite a bit of lighting power. That's not a big deal for hotel pools and the other relatively small installations, but it becomes an overwhelming issue for sprawling water parks, which is why most of them close when the sun goes down.
But water parks are multimillion dollar investments, so operators would welcome any opportunity for their properties to keep making money with extended hours.
Here's one solution: Turn the waterslides into performance venues. WhiteWater — which has built wave pools, slides and other water ride attractions for Disney, Legoland, and other parks and hotels — today announced a partnership with Cirque du Soleil to develop a new water park development concept. WhiteWater's rides and pools would entertain guests by day, while becoming performance venues for Cirque du Soleil productions at night.
From WhiteWater's press release:
The water park morphs into a festive venue with music, specialty food and drinks, and picturesque illuminated trails which intertwine the main features of the evening program.
The programs consist of 15-minute one-of-a-kind shows that take place at the very same attractions that guests were enjoying in the day. These breathtaking productions will feature Cirque du Soleil performers and run a few times every night, allowing guests to pick and choose which ones they’d like to enjoy and in what order.
WhiteWater does not say where this concept would be installed, but Cirque du Soleil has been developing a themed resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, which reportedly will include a water park. That resort's first phase is expected to open in late 2019 or early 2020.
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