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The Maintenance Mantra <br> Waterpark Safety and Upkeep Go Hand In Hand

The Maintenance Mantra
Waterpark Safety and Upkeep Go Hand In Hand

April 12, 2019 No Comments

By Karen Appold Each year in late February, Jerry Pupillo, general manager, Wet’n’Wild Hawaii, Kapolei, Hawaii, closes down the park for two weeks to do massive maintenance and refurbishing that can’t be done during daily and weekly maintenance. In March, the park finished its annual sprucing up for this year. “Many of the park’s rides […]

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Extreme Rides, Lazy Rivers  and Spray Parks <br> Which Waterpark Attractions Are Trending for 2019

Extreme Rides, Lazy Rivers and Spray Parks
Which Waterpark Attractions Are Trending for 2019

February 26, 2019 No Comments

By Karen Appold When it comes to attractions at waterparks, some guests are looking for a thrill, some aren’t as daring but still enjoy slower paced rides and others just want to cool off in a pool or spray park. Knowing this, waterparks offer a variety of attractions. So which ones do visitors frequent the […]

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The Inside Story on Fresh Air  and Clean Water <br> Maintaining Quality Conditions at Indoor Waterparks

The Inside Story on Fresh Air and Clean Water
Maintaining Quality Conditions at Indoor Waterparks

January 3, 2019 No Comments

By Karen Appold Indoor waterparks are designed to be warm and humid so park guests and staff are comfortable. But unlike outdoor waterparks, indoor parks are enclosed and there’s no wind to blow away odors. This results in specific challenges for indoor waterparks. Brandon Schindler, aquatics director of Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., home […]

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Why It’s Fun Is Crystal Clear<br> A Profile of Crystal Lagoon in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Why It’s Fun Is Crystal Clear
A Profile of Crystal Lagoon in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

October 25, 2018 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps was on hand to fête the opening of the first U.S. Crystal Lagoon at Epperson, a new residential community in Wesley Chapel, Fla. As jet skis splashed through the sparkling turquoise water, mermaids in shimmering costumes posed on the lagoon’s manmade shores, and guests swayed to Caribbean […]

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Steps to Put Safety First  <br>How Waterparks Strive to Keep Guests from Harm

Steps to Put Safety First
How Waterparks Strive to Keep Guests from Harm

August 22, 2018 No Comments

By Karen Appold Keeping a waterpark as safe as possible is an ongoing process. Parks take certain measures before opening day, during the park’s open season and after the park closes for the season to maximize safety. Here’s a look at certain steps that some waterparks take in an effort to put safety first.  Before […]

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Smaller Attractions at Waterparks Appeal to Younger Guests and Non-Thrill Seekers

Smaller Attractions at Waterparks Appeal to Younger Guests and Non-Thrill Seekers

May 21, 2018 No Comments

At Six Flags New England, Agawam, Mass., Jennifer McGrath, communications manager, said it’s important to have rides and other attractions for all ages and different levels of thrill seekers sprinkled throughout the park so families of all sizes and generations can stay together. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to see a splash pad right next a […]

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A Waterpark Improvement Checklist<br> Four Ways to Spruce Up for Spring

A Waterpark Improvement Checklist
Four Ways to Spruce Up for Spring

April 10, 2018 No Comments

By Karen Appold Getting a waterpark ready for the start of a new season requires lots of work on all fronts. Here’s a rundown of waterparks’ top priorities as they prepare for opening day.  Number One: Hiring and Training Staff  The top agenda item for Lynn Brown, director of shared services, Alabama Splash Adventure, Bessemer, […]

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Making Inside Waves <br>The Latest Trends for Indoor Waterparks

Making Inside Waves
The Latest Trends for Indoor Waterparks

February 14, 2018 No Comments

By Karen Appold Bigger is better—say decision makers at waterparks. Given that, expanding in size, adding more rides and offering more amenities, such as overnight accommodations and a variety of dining experiences is all the rage. In fact, in March 2017, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions became America’s largest indoor waterpark under one roof, said Don […]

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Safe and Sound Splashing <br> Waterpark Ride Safety Precautions 

Safe and Sound Splashing 
Waterpark Ride Safety Precautions 

August 28, 2017 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova There are so many ways to have fun at a waterpark. But there are also a lot of ways things could potentially go wrong when you involve water, crowds, high-speed thrills and complex rides. So waterpark managers generally employ a series of safety precautions, with lifeguards and other personnel backed up by […]

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Waterplay Safety Tips for a Season of Fun

Waterplay Safety Tips for a Season of Fun

February 13, 2017 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova As they gear up for a summer of splashing, swimming and sliding, waterparks from coast to coast are making sure safety is priority number one. “We have a robust and multi-layered training program to ensure safety,” said Nancy Kaiser, who oversees the Antioch Water Park, northern California’s oldest such attraction, as director […]

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