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Re: OWA Foley Alabama Amusement/Theme Park!

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:00 pm

flagrockerthegreat wrote:It does rain a lot here, but not often to where the park has to close. Whenever it rains bad we start closing. Also i'll let you know when we announce our new ride, it will be a good edition for families.


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Re: OWA Foley Alabama Amusement/Theme Park!

Postby bgtlover » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:30 am

flagrockerthegreat wrote:It does rain a lot here, but not often to where the park has to close. Whenever it rains bad we start closing. Also i'll let you know when we announce our new ride, it will be a good edition for families.


I follow the park on all it's social media sites. OWA closes quite frequently due to weather. It seems like it's averaging about once a week over the last few months, and have on occasion seen it more than once in a week. I've noted this because I've never seen a park post so much that it's closed/closing early for inclement weather. I know they can't control the weather, but it's an observation. I would suggest anyone planning to visit to keep their eyes glued to the weather, especially if they are travelling there from great distances.
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Re: OWA Foley Alabama Amusement/Theme Park!

Postby flagrockerthegreat » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:22 am

This is very true what you're saying.
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Re: OWA Foley Alabama Amusement/Theme Park!

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:40 am

I don't work at the park, So I can spoil the addition (And By Spoil, I mean post a news article)

http://mynbc15.com/news/local/the-park-at-owa-unveils-wacky-water-splash-pad

FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — The Park at OWA has announced the opening of a "cool" attraction just in time for summer:


Summer has officially began and there is now a new, exciting way too cool down! The Park at OWA recently unveiled its newest, family friendly addition: the “Wacky Waters” splash pad. As part of OWA’s 520-acre resort development, The Park at OWA is a gated amusement park featuring 22 thrilling attractions. Its newest addition comes just in time for the summer sunshine on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Wacky Waters – a 9,500 ft. splash pad – opened over Memorial Day weekend. The splash pad’s water-themed amenities include a 20 ft. tall dump bucket, a towering “coconut tree” that showers guests with 54 gallons of water per minute, a 6 ft. tall water dome, and more than 15 different attractions and sprayers to keep you soaked for hours. For those familiar with The Park at OWA, Wacky Waters sits on the southwest side of the 14-acre park close to the children’s attractions.

“Our guests spoke about recommended improvements to the amusement park and we listened,” stated Kristin Hellmich, OWA Director of Marketing/PR. “The Wacky Waters splash pad is one of several new amenities created to help our guests beat the summer heat. If you haven’t visited The Park at OWA lately, come on out! You will definitely see a lot of new improvements we recently installed to further enhance the guest experience.”

Wacky Waters offers park-goers a chance to cool off from the summer heat, complete with a cabana-style area for parents to relax. Bring your own towels and sundries, which can be stored in onsite fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo. Or guests can also purchase supplies onsite such as towels, sunscreen, and swim diapers. Being centrally located in The Park at OWA, guests can enjoy splashing around for a while before drying off just in time to hop over to the Rollin’ Thunder coaster for some full-force wind action.

The splash pad is not the only new addition to The Park at OWA this summer season. A variety of outdoor structures and amenities have been added to enhance the guest experience such as an air-conditioned quick-serve dining area, shaded resting areas throughout the park, misters, fans, and even sun-shades above several of the rides.


A Combination of a water attraction and sun shades above several of the rides sound like great additions. Water cause it probably gets hot and Shade to keep some rides running during rain storms.
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Re: OWA Foley Alabama Amusement/Theme Park!

Postby prozach626 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:58 am

I'd seen a couple posts about OWA not doing so hot with absent crowds and an abundance of closed shops. Has anyone visited lately?

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Re: The Park at OWA Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:38 pm

The Park at OWA has three new additions for 2019
Mystic Mansion - indoor and air conditioned shooting dark ride
Paula Deen restaurant: same concept as Branson and Pigeon Forge
Legends in Concert that can hold 400 people. This live tribute show already exists throughout the US, some my have seen it in Atlantic City, Vegas or Branson

https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/03/paula-deen-restaurant-new-ride-coming-to-owa-for-2019.html

Paula Deen restaurant, new ride coming to OWA for 2019
Posted Mar 12, 2:24 PM
By Lawrence Specker | lspecker@al.com

A new Paula Deen restaurant, a “Legends in Concert” tribute show and a haunted house theme park ride are among the top new attractions coming to the OWA amusement park in Foley this summer.

A lot of work remains to be done: For example, the imposingly large building that will house Paula Deen's Family Kitchen still has earth-moving equipment and piles of dirt inside it. However, OWA officials made clear during a media tour that they're pushing forward with Phase II development of the destination development that opened in 2017.

OWA, developed by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, has two main components: The retail and entertainment space of Downtown OWA, and the 14-acre Park at OWA, an amusement park featuring the massive Rollin’ Thunder roller coaster and an array of rides. (The overall 520-acre OWA tract also includes the city of Foley’s Sports Tourism Complex and events center.)

New features are in place or in the works for both Downtown OWA and the amusement park. Highlights:

Paul Deen's Family Kitchen: The latest addition to OWA's dining options will include restaurant and retail space and is on track for an opening in mid to late summer, said Kristin Hellmich, director of marketing and public relations for OWA. The restaurant chain already has stores in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge Tenn., among its other locations. It promises "endless portions of Southern-Style entrees and side dishes" from the "Queen of Southern Cooking."

Legends in Concert: A new 400-seat theater is being build for this live celebrity tribute show, already a fixture in Branson, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and other locations. Hellmich said the show schedule and ticket prices haven't yet been set, nor has the exact roster of celebrity tribute artists. But she said it's likely shows will be presented six nights a week.

Mystic Mansion: Partly in requests from patrons for an indoor amusement ride this "dark" ride will be fully indoors and air-conditioned. It'll also be interactive, Hellmich said, allowing patrons to blast away at ghosts as they make their way through.

Non-Rider Passes: Park officials said they got a lot of requests to accommodate people who wanted to go into the amusement park but not ride the rides -- for example, grandparents who wanted to accompany family groups. It's now possible to request a non-rider pass, which allows free access to the Park but not to the rides. Paying customers get wristbands that grant ride access.

Level Up: Another new facility coming to the park is an eSports center complete with PC video gaming equipment and game consoles. Hellmich said it'll be tailored to family groups but likely also will be used as a tournament space.

Sweet Tooth: Downtown OWA's new-for-2019 retail outlets will include this candy store.

"We're really trying to create an environment where there's something for everyone," said Hellmich.

OWA general manager Steve Honeycutt said the park has enjoyed strong seasonal business. “We’re where we need to be in the summer,” he said. The next challenge for the park’s owners is to strengthen business in the so-called “shoulder seasons” before and after the summer months, he said.
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Re: The Park at OWA Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:06 pm

You know it's a park down south when air-conditioning is a key selling point for a new attraction. :lol:

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Re: The Park at OWA Discussion Thread

Postby grsupercity » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:09 am

Always great to see a new park adding new attractions. I wish this park the best and I am hoping to make it to this park soon
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Re: The Park at OWA Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:48 am

Non-Rider Passes: Park officials said they got a lot of requests to accommodate people who wanted to go into the amusement park but not ride the rides -- for example, grandparents who wanted to accompany family groups. It's now possible to request a non-rider pass, which allows free access to the Park but not to the rides. Paying customers get wristbands that grant ride access.


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This is the most exciting part of that announcement for me. We're going in June for the first time and my partner had no plans to ride anything. It will save us half. This is good since I'm just going for a quick stop to get the credits on the way to TX.
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Re: The Park at OWA Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:01 pm

More expansion at the Park at OWA includes an RV Park (for 2019), hotel and indoor waterpark (for 2019).


https://www.sunherald.com/news/business/article228728959.html

Gulf Coast’s first indoor waterpark hotel is on the way with $100M expansion
By Mary Perez
April 02, 2019


Two years after The Park at OWA opened in Foley, Alabama, the amusement park is about to grow by $100 million.

Construction of Phase II will begin this summer and will add a 100,000-square-foot indoor waterpark that will have water attractions open all year and in all types of weather.

Also part of the expansion are a 200-room resort hotel with conference space plus a luxury family RV park.

The RV park tentatively is scheduled to open at the end of 2019 and the hotel and indoor waterpark in early 2021.

While indoor hotel waterparks are popular in the Northeast and now in the Atlanta area, the only other indoor waterpark the owners could find on the Gulf Coast is The Kroc Center, operated by The Salvation Army in Biloxi.

“We chose to start the next phase with a large indoor waterpark because it allows our guests a year-round opportunity to play in the water,” said Kristin Hellmich, OWA’s director of marketing and public relations. “Whether it’s cooling off their summer sun burns or escaping cold temperatures, this exciting new amenity will provide never-ending thrills.”

It hasn’t been decided yet whether the waterpark will be for hotel guests only or if it will be open to the public, she said.

OWA (pronounced oh-wah) opened in July 2017 and now has 22 attractions, one of which is a splash pad. It is operated by Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, the economic development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which also owns a casino site in D’Iberville.

Adjacent to the park is Downtown, a shopping and dining attraction that is open with no admission fee. A Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, a Southern-style restaurant and gifts, will open there soon.

With this expansion of OWA, total investment at the park will exceed $350 million.

“Being a substantial economic driver for the State of Alabama, we have continually invested into OWA’s diverse entertainment offerings in an effort to provide visitors and residents with a one-of-a-kind resort experience,” said Cody Williamson, president/CEO of CIEDA.
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