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Themes and trends at waterparks

05 Nov 2013
by Aleatha Ezra, Director of park member development, World Waterpark Association
Ride manufacturers have grown adept at combining several great experiences into a single ride

The World Waterpark Association receives calls on a weekly basis from media contacts, most of whom are looking for information on industry trends and what makes waterparks so appealing.

The answer to the latter is: people visit waterparks because they’re fun. The rides are cool and people love the feeling of rushing down a slide or bobbing up and down on a wave.

Yet, when we dive a little deeper, we can see that some trends are having more impact on the success of waterparks on a global scale.

Corry Cloward, president of Cloward H20, recently spoke about the impact that ride innovations, such as water coasters, wall rides and hybrids, have had on the marketplace.

“Ride manufacturers have grown adept at combining several great experiences into a single ride. And guests love them,” he said.

In addition to pushing the overall thrill element, manufacturers have also integrated “skill development activities” into their designs. According to Cloward: “These activities increase the duration of stay in a park, as guests seek to improve their times or performance. And longer stays translate to increased in-park sales.”

Finally, Cloward considered the trend toward energy and water conservation and how both can broaden the appeal of waterparks to the mass market and deliver dollars to the bottom line.



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