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PW: How was your 2018 season? KW: 2018 was great.We were lucky to have significant growth over 2017. weather and new park i


PW: How owwas yo your 20 8 season?


nitiatives and special events. 7 It was partly due to the


PW: You just added Zamperla Rockin’ ug. How has that ride done for yo


PW: You just adde d Zamperla Rockin Tug. Howhas that ride done for you?you?


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well with our demograp KW: Rockin’ Tug has be


appeals to families.


PW: In the small family park business, necessary to add new rides every year, as the large parks find necessary? KW: It is always great to offer new rides, it keeps people interested in the park and offers value to our annual pass holders. But we can achieve a similar result through refurbishment of rides as well .


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PW: The amusement industry tends to hink of kiddie rides as low,


PW: The amusement industry tends t think of kiddie rides as low, easyow, easy maintenance. Are they? Do they ever ha e to be replaced?


maintenance. Are they? Do they eve have to be replaced?


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KW:We must follow the same state and industry standards as the big rides, so they may be smaller and less complicated technically in some respect, but they still require as much time .


3 highest. Explain the criteria for the Thrill LeveLevel, and have families found it effective?


PW: Yo PW: You have a handy ‘Thrill Level’ guide for the rides, with a rating of 1 lowest and 3 highest. Explain the criteria for the Thrill el, and ha e families found it ef ective?


You ha e a handy ‘Thrill Leve or the rides, el’ guide


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PW: In the small family park business, is itis it necessary to add newrides e ery year, as the large parks find necessary?


KW:We offer our Thrill Level as a descriptive tool for guests when planning the day and picking rides. The Thrill Level is based on speed, type, and force of the ride (spinning upside down etc.) But most of the time guests can judge rides just by looking a t them .


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PW: 23 of your 27 rides are Thrill Le el 1 and 2. What led Castle Park to begin adding Le el 3 rides, including roller coas ers,which have


your 27 rides are Thrill Leve


ride, has the g eater height restriction. Do you anticipate acquiring more rides with greater height restrictions? Why orWhy or why not?


and 2.What led Castle Park to begin adding Level 3 rides, including roller coasters, which have greater height restrictions? Rock n Tug, your newest ride, has the greater height restriction. Do you anticipate acquiringmore rides with g eater height restrictions? why not ?


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KW:We try to appeal to all ages in the family so that a visit to Castle Park is fun for all.We are always looking to expand our ride offerings and a thrilling family ride is always great to have a t the park.


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hic; an exciting little ride that en a great addition. It fits


PW: Birthday parties and special events are usually the bread-and-butter of small familly youmarket yourself throughout


PW: Bir hday parties and special eve usually the bread-and-butter of small fami parks. Do you mark t yo


he entire Southern California area? Do you fiind your marketing area expanding?expanding ? KW:We focus our market to the local community (within 30 miles) but we do pull from all of Southern California.We are starting to get appeal from farther away, especially from theme park and coaster enthusiasts, as well as our historical connection to Bud Hurlbut.


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the entire Southern California area? Do you nd yourmarke


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PW: Castle Park is located on California ate Highw y 9 , just nor h of Inters at y intersection in


5, amajor free


Southern California. Do you have drop-in attendance?


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PW: Castle Park is located on California State Highway 91, just north of Interstate 15, a major freeway intersection in Southern California. Do you have much drop-in attendance ?


KW:We are in a great location with high population density, so yes we do get drop-ins.


PW: Is parking becoming a challenge?


PW: Is parking becoming a challenge? KW: Parking gets to be more of a challenge as we grow in attendance. Luckily we have parking overflow


PW: Castle Park has been a g eat success for over 43 years now. What advice would you give someone who is considering opening a small family park?


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PW: Castle Park has been a great success or o er 43 years no .What advicewould ou give


wo ve someonewho is considering opening a small family park?


KW: That's a tough question. I would say, develop a great team and offer a great experience.


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