I'm guessing this was the original name for the waterpark.
Passing the MISTical maze while heading into the water park section.
A sunset, how appropriate for a beach! Yes, we did the water park in the afternoon. We only spent 3 1/2 hours here.
I stuffed my pants, t-shirt, sunscreen, and backpack that contained a DSLR, extra lens, and a few books in this thing. I also had enough room for my friend to squeeze her small bag in as well. Wish I took a photo of it, I felt like a pro at stuffing in these things!
Here is where I rode the slides. After that, the escort was done. So I grabbed my camera again to walk around on my own and take photos.
Maybe this is why TPR should go out of their way to come here.
First slide I rode. Pretty fun.
Nice cabanas available for rent.
Then I came here to ride these.
Like I said, Acapulco Drop has a really steep downward pitch angle. It also had the shortest line in the park.
Splashdown was pretty interesting to ride.
Neptune's Revenge are also some pretty good slides. Though, it would make more sense to paint them dark blue.
Upsurge in the distance.
I'll try not to post too many photos, especially of AD.
The park from the top.
Rampage looks like an epic roller coaster. Too bad I couldn't ride it.
... I felt like getting artsy. So I used a fish-eye.
Neptune's Plunge. I saw older photos of this slide on the park's Facebook page. It seems the red and yellow paint job is new. It sure looks a lot better than its old-self.
Then I went back to Upsurge for more photos. This time at the top. I'll spare you the repetitious photos, and skip the kiddy area photos I took. THis is only half an hour before the park closed, so right after this, I gathered my stuff and headed to the front to get back on the bus.
Before that though, I had to get a closer look at the water maze.
These steps felt a little flexible, which scared me a little walking up them.
One of two squirt thingies.
*Gasp!* My foot!
The result of stepping on the pedal, though this one on the left sprayed water continuously with no one operating it.
Victorious water curtain at the end!
If I come back here, I do want to try it out. Seems pretty cool to do with friends.
Sorry I couldn't make the zip line look special. I only took three of the same photos of it.
Thus ends my vist.
Oh, and the price board for any of you planing to come here.
There you go. My trip report on the park. If I wasn't supposed to post it here in the discussion thread, I apologize.
The one thing I strongly think this park needs is another water slide. Preferably a family raft slide.
So, it seems this topic has been kinda idle for quite some time now. Anybody have any good news or updates about the park? All you see on face book is people complaining about half the rides being down, which is not good since its cut back to half a park now and they stay short staffed it seems. They Really need to add something major for thrill seekers for next season, at least reopen buzz saw falls and the rampage it looks like its kinda boring now.
While having water squirters in one of those mazes is cool, wouldn't it make getting through the maze a whole lot easier because you can just look up and see where the water features are?
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Splash Adventure's first full season ending with increased attendance, owner says
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 4:13 PM
After a busy summer, Alabama's Splash Adventure Waterpark is winding down its first full season of operation.
The closure of the amusement park and three new rides contributed to increased attendance at the water park, said the park's new owner.
When Kent Lemasters bought the park from Oklahoma-based Adrenaline Family Entertainment, he hoped to slash operating costs, increase attendance, and in turn, increase profits.
To accomplish that, Lemasters and his team decided to shut down the amusement park.
"The amusement park was not getting the visitation that the water park was," Lemasters said. "It did not make financial sense to continue to offer the amusement park because of the lack of visitation."
Those decisions have helped the privately-owned company turn a greater profit, said Lemasters, though he would not release exact figures.
To attract more visitors, the park concentrated on opening new rides over the course of its first summer in operation. Since its grand re-opening on May 11, guests have lined up to experience three new rides, including the Zip Line, Mist-ical Maze and the Wipeout Adventure Course.
The increased ride availability has helped create another attractive feature, said park guests: Shorter lines.
"I'm impressed that it's not overly-crowded," said Cindy Stanley, who attended the park Sunday with her children, Grant and Erin as well as her husband, Sam. "Everything is in working order; it's nice and clean."
So far, said Lemasters, the most popular ride has been the Wipeout Adventure Course. Advertised as the first of its kind, the attraction consists of a series of elevations, rope courses, and bridges that are all doused with water. Geysers, sprays and foot and hand-activated cannons create an interactive experience. Guests making their way through the Adventure Course are strapped in with a harness attached to an overhead rail for added protection, while those on the outskirts of the ride have the opportunity to participate as well: Water cannons and sprays help keep them entertained as they aim at those balancing atop the course.
Some guests, who had visited the original park, were able to make comparisons. Kim Tanner was one of those guests. The restructuring of the park and its new emphasis on the water park, said Tanner, is a positive change.
"I like it," said Tanner, who had just taken a ride on a recent Sunday down Neptune's Plunge, a series of four enclosed dark tubes that release into a pool. "It's nice not having to wait as long to get on another ride. I'm riding the blue one next," she said, as she pointed towards Splashdown, a 50-foot plunge through and enclosed tube and spiral.
The various areas within the water park, including Castaway Island -- which resembles a playground dripping with water -- and Salamander Bay, built for the little ones, helps ensure the park attracts families with children of all ages.
"It's been fun," said Kalli Waldrep, who was at the park Sunday with her children and a family friend, ranging in age from 6 to 12. "There are a couple of new rides the kids really seem to like," as she pointed to the various areas the children had run off to. Some were floating down the Warrior River, an inner-tube attraction that propels guests along a winding course, said Waldrep, while the rest went off to explore the newer rides.
Lemasters said the plan is to add even more rides. Over the fall and winter months, when the park is not in operation, his team will review the season and make any necessary adjustments and plan the course for next season. Eventually, Lemasters said he hopes to sell of the remaining amusement park rides, including the still-visible Rampage roller coaster.
In September, the park will host Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants as part of its Fun-tastic Labor Day Weekend celebration, Saturday-Monday. Sunday night, the water park is scheduled to light up with a planned Fireworks Splash-Tacular. Guests who purchase a general admission ticket for $27.99 during Labor Day weekend will be able to revisit the park for the rest of the season for free.
The park will continue to operate through Sept. 16, open on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. On its last weekend of operation, September 15-16, the park will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
General admission adult tickets are $27.99 and $19.99 for juniors under 42 inches tall. Children younger than three are always free.
For more information, go to splashadventurewaterpark.com or call 205-481-4750
I think we'll have to see how the park reports at the end of the season, but I have to say that I'm surprised to hear that it is succeeding as a water park alone... Especially that returning patrons are actually responding that they prefer the park without the dry rides.
I really wanted Alabama Adventure to succeed after visiting it on the Deep South 2009 trip. The park treated us really, really well, and the rides were running incredibly. Rampage still ranks up there for one of my favorite ERT sessions ever. If operating solely as a water park is what it takes for this place to succeed, than so be it. I'd rather see an open water park than a close amusement facility rotting away (i.e. Hard Rock Park, Six Flags New Orleans and Kentucky Kingdom).
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
I just always wonder if one day they could ever expand the water park towards Rampage a little bit and include some of the water rides over there and just the coaster. Waterville USA works as a waterpark with a coaster, so why not? I can dream!
You know what the saddest thing is? I've lived 45 minutes from the park for its entire existence, and I've only been maybe twice, the last time being over 10 years ago. And I never rode Rampage. Talk about regrets!
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