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Cool aerial photograph that Alabama Adventure posted just in case anybody wanted to see it. Pretty cool to see how the park has changed in recent years. Especially since 2018. 

^According to RCDB Rampage cost 4.3mil in 1998 or about $6.9 mil today adjusted for inflation.   I'll throw out my arbitrary "fingers crossed for a new gen Vekoma" post here..    One day it'll ha

That's a good point. Do we know the price range on those? I just figured that would be too expensive. Plus I thought that they might be turned off of an Intamin due to the higher maintenance costs. Bu

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This IS interesting! I wonder what they can do. If I were to guess, they will probably build a wooden roller coaster and improve the water park. That's just a guess; I have no idea.

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WOW! Great For Alabama! I don't know what to say about HW. Hopefully the bloodline Koch's and the Koch-by-marriage can find the Coaster-Jesus and sort things out and consolidate these two separate ventures into one. Either way, I am happy that Pat, Dan, and Sis are continuing on with their passion and didn't let the legal situation stop them from moving forward.

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Actually, there is "bloodline" on both sides. Lori argued (if I recall the news stories correctly) that her central interest was in seeing Will Koch's children (directly blood next-gen) eventually manage the park. Those kids are 26, 23, and 20 now, adding 4 to their ages at the time of Will's death in 2010.

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Uhh... Holy cow. This caught me far off guard... Well, at least Alabama Adventure will be getting the love it desparately needs. I'm just worried about how they'll handle the crowds in a totally different zone versus the one they had in Indiana.

 

So glad to see this thread revived with something (relatively) positive too.

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Wow, talk about something coming from out of left field. This is great news for Alabama. I'm looking forward to seeing how this all turns out.

 

I wonder if the idea to buy another property came from coming together for the Bluegrass Boardwalk project and the feud just sort of pushed the idea faster. Also, if the ride side didn't do so well under the two or three prior owners would bringing back the ride side be a good idea? I have no doubt that the Kochs can revive the park as a whole using the Holiday World formula that has been very successful but from what I understand most people would just go to SFOG anyway.

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Could you quote or link to what he said?

It's his personal Facebook account, so I don't know if he'd like that, and I don't know how to do it on my phone. "We gotta fix Rampage! Where is my tool belt? I've been walking the track." Is what the comment included.

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Uhh... Holy cow. This caught me far off guard... Well, at least Alabama Adventure will be getting the love it desparately needs. I'm just worried about how they'll handle the crowds in a totally different zone versus the one they had in Indiana.

 

They will bring in the crowds. The demographics are similar...

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All I can say is this is a big loss for HW, Dan & Pat are awesome and I love how my first two years of HW Nights they both dressed up in costume for the Friday night welcoming and then on Saturday at the picnic they would go out of their way to walk around and talk to total strangers. My 3rd one was with Lori and the kids doing it and in my opinion it just wasn't that exciting, the music was so loud you couldn't hardly hear the person next to you, and I never saw Matt, Lori, or the children walking around talking to the attendees, to me they just kind of stood off to one side and kind of talked among themselves.

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Just catching up on this thread and trying to wrap my head around all this. Wow. Well, if poor Visionland gets another shot at a revitalization, then great. I wish them the best of luck.

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Splash Adventure WaterPark purchased by the Koch family

 

Birmingham, AL -The Koch family has acquired Alabama's Splash Adventure Waterpark and will re-open the park for the 2014 summer season. Dan Koch, who led the acquisition, is bringing his family's seven decades of experience in the amusement and water park industry to his new home in Alabama.

 

“I am thrilled to be living and working in this community,” said Dan Koch. “Our family wants Alabama’s Splash Adventure Waterpark to be the number one choice for family fun and family memories for generations to come.”

 

Koch Parks, Inc. has purchased the water park with 89 acres of land, which will aid in future expansion. General Attractions, LLC, the park’s previous owner, will retain 150 acres surrounding the park for future development.

 

Kent Lemasters, President of General Attractions, LLC said, "We are pleased that the Koch family are the new owners of Splash Adventure. We feel very confident that because of their very high reputation and experience of over 75 years in the amusement park industry, that they will continue to take the park forward to new, high levels of achievement for the benefit of the entire area including those who visit the park and the surrounding communities and we wish them every success."

 

The Koch family has a reputation for superior customer service and will operate the park with a special focus on providing safe, family fun for all ages. New attractions include five new rides for kids including a Wacky Worm Coaster, Rio Grande Train, Junior Bumper Boats, Mini Helicopters, and Vintage Boats. A new Laser Maze Challenge will also be added for heart-pounding family fun as well as games to entertain the younger family members. All guests will enjoy free parking, free sunscreen, free access to inner tubes and free in-park WiFi. Additional expansion plans for Alabama’s Splash Adventure Waterpark are currently being developed. The park will re-open for weekend operations beginning May 17th.

 

A job fair will be held on March 22 from 8:30am until 4:00pm to hire new Splash Team Members to join the Koch Parks family.

 

Alabama’s Splash Adventure Waterpark, now owned and operated by the Koch family, is located on the 20/59 at exit 110 just minutes from Birmingham and Hoover. For more information on tickets, season passes, birthday parties, and group outings, call 205.481-4750 or visit http://www.alabamasplash.com

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This did seem to come out of left field. Of course, we have to take any Rampage rumors with a grain of salt, not because of the source, but just because you never know. Does sound promising as of now, though.

 

^ I bet they build a bigger Voyage.

Very funny.

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I sent Dan a private message to say congratulations and he said unfortunately Rampage won't open in May. He is saying it needs track & train repairs but they will make it much better as soon as possible.

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Is there anyone that can give a crash course of what in the world was going on at this park? I spent about 15 minutes just now trying to get a sense of what in the world this was before they came in to buy it, and it seems like it went through a bunch of management changes over and over. The Rumbler was opened, closed, opened and closed.

 

What was going on here to cause all this? How many of the "dry rides" were actually sold?

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Awesome, I live in Alabama. I always liked the park. It needs more shade. It's freaking hot as hell in the Summer. I was sad to see the ride side go...But the owners of the park let it go down with little security in the park. I'm visiting HW for the first time this year so I'm kind of anxious, but seeing how all the Koch family feud is going on, it'll be weird. But whatever, as long as both parks are run to their full potential, I got no problem. I want to ride Rampage again!

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This is bitter sweet for me seeing them leave. I loved Pat when she was still at Holiday World and now .she is packing up and leaving behind the park her husband built up, which is very depressing once you think about it. However, on the bright side, the fact that they are putting in the values they had at Holiday World down into Alabama Adventure, it makes me happy they are reviving this park once again. Very mixed feelings here.

 

Also, this may make many people feel that Lori is the "bad guy" in the case when she did kick aside the bloodline family. I do still wish her the best and hope she knows what she is doing...

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