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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby deathbydinn » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:45 am

twilight79 wrote:.I hope some one buys out the park that knows what they are doing.. you can see the junk they are putting together in place of the fountain on the fox 6 web cam


That "junk" is probably the best new addition IMO.

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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby Midgetman82 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:47 am

^Which reminds me, has anybody seen the prototype video posted by WhiteWater?
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby twilight79 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:20 pm

Not impressed.

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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterGuy06 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:35 pm

Some of you would be very disappointed if you saw the actual numbers they are pulling in now that they are just a waterpark. The area flat out refused to support a park the size of Alabama Adventure, for a variety of reasons. The waterpark has done pretty well on its own so far.
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby BeemerBoy » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:07 am

CoasterGuy06 wrote:Some of you would be very disappointed if you saw the actual numbers they are pulling in now that they are just a waterpark.

What does this even mean?

CoasterGuy06 wrote:The area flat out refused to support a park the size of Alabama Adventure, for a variety of reasons. The waterpark has done pretty well on its own so far.

That's not surprising at all, really.
Summer in Alabama + waterpark > an entire unshaded park with one decent roller coaster.

Plus, it's in Buttcrack, Alabama. You don't really need much to impress folks there. An open fire hydrant would probably suffice.
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:23 pm

Skycoastin Steve wrote:So where do you stop on the zipline, the concrete block, or the concrete sidewalk? :?r


I was waiting for someone to mention this.
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CoasterGuy06 wrote:Some of you would be very disappointed if you saw the actual numbers they are pulling in now that they are just a waterpark.

What does this even mean?


Sounds like his is just responding to all the "experts" on TPR who know "everything" and insist the change to a waterpark only will be a failure.
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:46 am

There have only been 2 times when a park has gone to a waterpark only park and "worked"

- Splashtown, Houston
- Splash Zone Waterpark


And that's It. If Wildwater Kingdom, OH can't afford to add anything, This won't.
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:09 am

Rollercoaster Rider wrote:There have only been 2 times when a park has gone to a waterpark only park and "worked"

- Splashtown, Houston
- Splash Zone Waterpark


And that's It. If Wildwater Kingdom, OH can't afford to add anything, This won't.


How many have there been that didn't work? And how are you defining if they "worked".
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby 99er » Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:59 pm

Pretty sure WWK is doing just fine. Not adding something for a few years is not a sign that you are doing bad. In fact, I would argue that it means the opposite.
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby Midgetman82 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:50 am

Okay, as I told you (a week ago, =-/ ), I visited the park in June 30th. I was in the Birmingham area with a college group I was with. We were mostly visiting civil rights areas (Kelly Ingram Park, Civil Rights Museum, 16th East Baptist Church, etc.), but the water park was included on the last day of the weekend trip.

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This was my first time coming to Birmingham, let along to Bessemer where this water park is located. When I first pulled in, a lot of the people on the bus were excited to lear that the park also had amusement park rides. I informed some that the rides were closed this year and they were selling them. As expected, they were a little let down.

Anyways, I contacted the park prior to visiting so i could obtain POV's of their water slides for a website I own, Water Slide Database. When I arrived and contacted the park again, they hired a security guard to escort a friend and I through the park AND to the front of the lines for each slide! Being the first time I've ever been escorted through any park, it definitely made this the most interesting water park visit I've ever made! (Of course, the security was there to inform the lifeguards I had permission to film.)

Splash Adventure water park itself seemed like a decent park. It's more of a destination for locals than something I would go out of my way to visit. The slides were pretty good, the park was pretty clean, and the lifeguards were quite nice. The water temperature was also perfectly warm on all slides.

-Upsurge wasn't super thrilling, but it's still a pretty fun slide to get on.
-Acapulco Drop has a crazy steep downward-pitch radius! Felt like I was siding off of the edge of a cliff! Too bad you get sore after a few re-rides.
-Splashdown bowl slide turned out to be my favorite slide in the park. Another slide that scratched your back a little, but not too bad.
-Neptune's Revenge was nice. Had a few sudden turns that rocked our tubes nearly to flipping!

After riding every slide within an hour, a few friends and I conversed around the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo. After that, I spent the rest of the 1 1/2 hours taking photos of the park.

Right before we had to leave the park to go back to the hotel, I took photos of the MISTical water maze and zip lines.

So, here's the four slides I did POV's of:


^You can see the first two security escorts in this video.





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