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Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby ThrillSeeker3814 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:01 pm

Most water rides at dry parks are fading away but their are few that still remain like the classic log ride/flume type, splashdown rides seems to be fading, raging rapids raft rides still seem to be hanging on as a popularity with Infinity Falls opening in late 2018 at SeaWorld Orlando. But their was once in the early 2010’s a comeback of water rides just a little bit starting of with shoot the rapids flume ride at cedar point by Intamin. The ride design seemed really cool. It had 2 drops and some great theming with water flowing down rocks. Unfortunately this flume ride did not last very long and closed down in a couple of years. Then perilous plunge came actually before shoot the rapids and pilgrims plunge at holiday world taking water rides at dry parks to new heights. Making them about 150+ft tall and a very steep drop. The elevator lift on pilgrims plunge seems terrifying as it seemed like the elevator lifted you up on side and the other you can just see the ground as you went up higher. Pilgrims Plunge and Perilious Plunge which was at Knotts Berry Farm no longer exist anymore sadly. I thought this was a start of something cool with water rides at dry parks. Now you see a few years ago at walilbi Belgium a water ride/coaster called Pulsar seems really cool and uniquely designed. With a big splash at the end. It reminds you of Superman the escape at Six Flags Ohio than renames I believe possessed and relocated to Dorney Park. It really does suck that most of these types of water rides are disappearing does this mean it’s the end of water rides at dry parks expect for the rapids raft rides like Infinity Falls? Or will see a new generation future built type of water rides like flumes, tall splashdown rides, splash battle interactive dark rides, and raft rides in the near future? Powersplash and supersplash seem to be the lastest shoot the chute/water coaster overseas. Not sure if that will be brought over to the United States.

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Re: Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby michaellynn4 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:44 pm

It's all about the maintenance costs. Dry park water rides require a lot more maintenance and upkeep in order to keep them functioning appropriately. For most small-to-mid size parks, these are costs that just don't make sense to deal with.
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Re: Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby ThrillSeeker3814 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:02 pm

Ok but if the cost is affordable even though it is still high maintenance is their a slight chance that the future could be still good for newer water rides at dry parks. That’s if the money is their.

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Re: Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby michaellynn4 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:24 pm

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Who knows? It's all hypothetical. Maybe a manufacturer comes up with a ride with reduced costs. Maybe the general public suddenly starts demanding those types of rides again. Maybe I trip, fall, and smash my head on the concrete sidewalk, causing severe-enough brain damage to keep me from ever again having to spend yet another sleepless night worrying about whether or not future generations may experience a water ride without having to go through the inconvenience of changing into a bathing suit.

If that answer doesn't suffice, I suggest consulting your nearest Magic 8 Ball.
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Postby michaellynn4 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:24 pm

*mumble grumble* double post *mumble grumble*
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Re: Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby JG-77 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:36 pm

I mean, IDK if this is what you want, but Energylandia (which is only ~4 years old) has a flume, giant splash ride, intamin rapids, and a water coaster
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Re: Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby TheAmericanKnight » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:41 pm

It really depends on whether or not more water rides are designed that require less maintenance. Without a change in maintenance costs, there will be no revival in dry park water rides.

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Re: Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby A.J. » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:35 am

The reason why we aren't seeing a whole lot of new water attractions at "dry" parks in the United States is because most parks already have their bases covered. Most of the time that's just a log flume and another water ride - either a river rafting ride, or a shoot-the-chute, or a water coaster. Very few parks have the complete set, but I think that's because they feel as though they don't need it.
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Re: Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby SharkTums » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:28 am

It's not just maintenance and upkeep, but also the cost of water. In many communities water is becoming more and more expensive and those rides pump through a lot of it.

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Re: Will we ever see a comeback of water rides at dry parks?

Postby CoasterAuditor » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:46 am

Definitely something I can appreciate at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is their trio of fun water rides. I think more water coaster style rides will be added to some parks going forward but it's difficult to see any of the traditional ones going up with the rare exception of Infinity Falls.
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