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around our client’s need to make an impact, generate revenue, and provide an experience guests will want to return for again and again. We like to think that 75% repeat business is testament to its success. “You can build the best thing in the world, but it’s no


good if nobody can afford to build it, or if your guests are not going to use it. More than just creating a pretty picture, our in-depth concepts take into consideration not only the water features and associated plumbing and electrical needs, but best options for guest flow patterns, food and beverage outlets, deck capacity, entertainment tie-ins, theming and more.” With a partnership dating back for over a decade,


Columbus Zoo turned to long-time partner Aquatic Development Group when it came time to expand its Zoombezi Bay Waterpark for the third time. The challenge, says Ken, was to develop a new


ride that would increase in and out of water capacity, providing more deck space, new thrills, and a way to keep guests off lines and spending more time in the water.


Putting the concept into action Designed and built around ADG’s Adventure Lagoon water ride, ‘Otter Banks’ was created to feature 2,500 sqft of active water with three separate play areas including an activity pool with basketball, three waterfalls and in-water seating; an 1,800 sqft action pool that holds a Wibit inflatable obstacle course; and a slide complex featuring two 30 ft drop slides. Otter Banks has the capacity to accommodate


approximately 500 guests at a time specifically designed to help alleviate congestion within the park. In addition to these thrilling water attractions, it features expanded lounge seating and additional cabana areas spread across 15,000 sqft of decking, providing guests with the opportunity to relax along the shores of the three new pools and to slip into a tropical oasis without ever leaving town. Otter Banks also features all-new cabanas, which are the perfect place to gather with friends and family for a special occasion or just for a fun day in the sun.


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• ADG Water Rides • FlowRider (Wave in a box) • WaveTek Wave Generation • Resort Waterfronts • Indoor Water Parks • Commercial pool Equipment • Alpine Mountain Coasters & Slides


The Otter Banks expansion allowed Columbus Zoo


and Zoombezi Day to accomodate their busiest day in park operating history of over 11,700 guests, says general manager: “Not only was it completed in an amazing time frame, the Otter Banks expansion looks outstanding. It helped us achieve the busiest day in our eleven-year history - 11,746 guests. We could not have done it without the additional space the Otter Banks allowed. This was the fourth significant project that we have worked on with ADG; it surely will not be the last. Another great example of ADG’s InDepth solution


is Tidal River at Conobie Lake Park where the owners were looking to expand the water area, which originally consisted of a large multi-level play structure, in order to drive summer-time business and give guests a way to beat the heat. They sought out ADG to design/build what they envisioned to be “Castaway Island”, a complete waterpark destination experience. At the forefront of the Castaway Island expansion,


ADG designed and built the Tidal River® water ride, a 17,500 sqft, 20’ wide, fast-paced action river that starts riders off in a beach entry pool. As the guest enters the ride, they are quickly swept through one of two side channels that opens into a fast-paced river straightaway, where the real excitement begins. ADG’s Wavetek® wave system powers the ride


and produces a tidal wave that propells riders down the river. As riders are pushed around the corner, the lapping waves continue to move patrons through the ride where they pass by the scenic rock and waterfall displays as they make their way once again to the beach entry wavepool.


The Castaway Island expansion also inc u es a l d


60’ tower with three water slides, the “Lil’ Squirts Lagoon” kids play area, 11 private cabanas, a new restaurant, a tiki bar that overlooks the river ride and new changing room and locker facilities. The Canobie Lake Castaway Island expansion


and Tidal River attraction has been a huge success for the park. Consistently filled to capacity on a daily basis, the property is already looking for future expansion opportunities to meet guest’s demands for more water space. Brand manager, Chris Nicoli tells Park World:


“Canobie Lake Park’s Tidal River has been a passion project for our staff. ADG’s vision of how the Tidal River ride and Castaway Island expansion would come together was second to none. We couldn’t be happier with our new ride and neither can our guests!” “When an existing park thinks about a new ride or


expansion, we look at everything. From parking to pools and everything in between, our integrated concepts and InDepth approach takes into consideration the complete park experience.”


Summing up For Ken, the most rewarding part is when the doors open and families start running in; “We’re creating fun, I love seeing guests experiencing an attraction for the first time and putting a smile on our clients faces. It’s a fun business.”


Ken is the owner of H20BX is Powell’s Point NC in the Outer Banks. This park features a reverse beach wave pool and two of ADG’s water ride attractions including a Twin Tides dual entry wave pool and Adventure Lagoon activity pool.


AUGUST 2019


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