Feature Article - September 2006
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Refreshing Strategies

Cool Tips for Waterparks and Splash Play Areas

By Stacy St. Clair

Theme Time

Looking for a theme for your facility? You've come to the right place. Here are a couple tried-and-true waterpark motifs, along with a few original ones that really standout.

ALOHA: With a luau grove for private picnics and waterfront bungalows for rent, Hawaiian Falls in suburban Dallas makes patrons feel as if they're visiting the Aloha state. The facility carries out the theme by giving its features fun names like Keiki Kove and the Waikiki Wipeout.

WILD WEST: Frontier City in Ocean City, Md., offers patrons a big howdy with its cowboy motif. Visitors can race down Red Bird's Mountain and slide out the sides of a covered wagon.

ICH BIN EIN SWIMMER: The Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas—often voted the best waterpark in the world—takes on an unusual theme and succeeds fantastically. The Old World German theme includes a Bavarian castle as the park's centerpiece and rides such as the Boogie Bahn and Der Bahn. There's even a splash play area called Hansel & Gretel's Great Adventure.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: The Amazoo in Montreal takes on an Amazonian theme with great aplomb. Its lazy river, for example, was inspired by the Cunucunoma River, a tributary that runs through the Brazilian jungle. The component even features a downed plane along the route.

KEEPING TRACK OF TOWN HISTORY: Put an individual stamp on your facility with rides and attractions that reflect your town's past. In Minneapolis, the Depot pays tribute to the city's railroad heritage with a top-notch facility. A locomotive-shaped fountain is located in the center to express the theme. Every 20 minutes, it spews thousands of gallons of water.