Feature Article - September 2003
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Theme Schemes

Creative motifs and clever theming give waterparks and splash play areas new depth

By Stacy St. Clair

A Waterpark by Any Other Name

What's in a name? A lot, really. A catchy facility name can capture attention, create an instant image and complement your park's motif. No doubt, a name says a lot about a place. So make sure yours is a memorable one.

Like ice cream shops (KaleidoScoops!) and hair salons (The Mane Event), waterparks naturally lend themselves to some snappy monikers.

Here's a sampling of some poetic and playful waterpark destinations, from the clever or conventional to the witty or just plain wet.

Aquaboggan Waterpark
Saco, Maine

Blizzard Beach
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Blue Bayou
Baton Rouge, La.

Coconut Cove Waterpark
Boca Raton, Fla.

Crawdaddy Cove
Madison, Wis.

Firewater Water Park
Amarillo, Texas

H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark
Anchorage, Alaska

Hurricane Harbor
Valencia, Calif.

Hydropolis Water Park
Corfu, Greece

Oceans of Fun
Kansas City, Mo.

Racing Rapids Action Park
Dundee, Ill.

Raging Rivers Waterpark
Grafton, Ill.

Roaring Rivers Water Park
Cobden, Ontario

Roaring Springs Waterpark
Meridian, Idaho

Runaway Rapids Waterpark
Keansburg, N.J.

Sandcastle Waterpark

Shipwreck Island Waterpark
Panama City Beach, Fla.

Splash Mountain Waterpark
Ocean City, Md.

Splash Planet
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Splish Splash Waterpark
Riverhead, N.Y.

Super Splash USA
Raytown, Mo.

Nays Head, N.C.

Thundering Surf
Toms River, N.J.

Tropicanoe Cove Family Aquatic Center
Lafayette, Ind.

Wacky Waters
Muscatine, Iowa

Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole
1400 Lake Fairfax Drive
Reston, VA USA

Water Town USA
Shreveport, La.

Waterville USA
Gulf Shores, Ala.

Water Wizz of Cape Cod
Hope Valley, R.I.

The Whale's Tale Waterpark
North Lincoln, N.H.

Zoom Flume Water Park
Durham, N.Y.