A water park is a great place to hit during summertime. Nothing beats the sheer joy of enjoying water rides to keep the body cool during the sweltering heat. Water parks and theme parks are becoming a rage among the younger generation as you get the thrill of an adventure park with the cooling effect of the water. Parks are an integral part of raising the tourism economy of a place. Water parks in the US is a $5 Billion business offering employment to 42,183 individuals (Source). As of March 2019, there were 1,158 waterparks in the United States and Canada alone (Source).

The first thought that comes to mind when you think about water parks is waterslides. Being a premium water slides manufacturer, we agree that you are on the right track, but there is a lot more to a water park than waterslides. Since the first step is coming up with a design for your waterpark, this article shall list upon the key components that together form a water park design.

Rides based on the Audience Group And their Expectations

It is not the ride, but the experience someone has on it that makes the ride memorable. If a visitor enjoys being on a specific ride, they are prone to visit it repeatedly. Since not everyone who visits a water park comes with the expectations to be thrilled, you need to identify the core audience you wish to attract and create a water park design around it. For a water park, the audience can be broken down into three general criteria.

  1. Kids and Teens (5-16 yrs)
  2. Young Adults and Adults (17-45 yrs)
  3. Seniors (> 46yrs)

Kids and Teens

Everything is an experience for young kids, and they tend to be mobile when visiting a water park. While kids require adult supervision, a kids’ area can be designed so that kids can enjoy themselves with minimal need for the presence of an adult. Placement wise, it is advisable to place the kids’ area close to the center of the park but isolated from other older-age attractions. The most common water attractions for kids and teens are:

  • Multi-level Aquatic Play Unit
    A singular structure with slip and slides of varying height and lengths and individual spray units, and tumble bucket (optional), an aquatic play unit is an excellent fixture to a kid’s play area. Kids can play along with the structures or laze around in the shallow pool.
    Kiddie Pool
  • Kiddie Racer Slides
    Wide water that can accommodate multiple children sliding at a point; these kiddie racer slides are an enjoyable and safe option for kids. Since kids hate waiting in lines, the wide slider is a good addition to avoid crowding.
    Racer Slides
  • Floater Pools
    Zorb balls, floaters alongside a medium depth pool is a good attraction for teens who are no longer excited by a play area or a slip and slide.

Zorb Ball

Young Adults and Adults

The thrill-seeking audience group is no longer tempted by the thought of lazing around the poolside. They demand adrenaline-raising and heart-racing water attractions that always keep them at the edge of their seat. Some of the common attractions that draw in young adults are:

  • Wave Pool
    A crowd favorite, wave pools are mechanized pools where you can generate waves of varying intensity. Wave pools allow you to enjoy the waves as you are on the beachside without bothering about the sand. Place them near the park exits for significant footfall.

Wavepool

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  • Speed Slides
    The grown-ups version of the slider (mentioned earlier) adds the speed factor to make it lucrative. A fundamental part of waterpark rides, the water slides can be a stand-alone entity or combined with multiple water slides to create an innovative experience unique to yours alone.

Water Slide

  • Water Coasters

It’s a roller coaster but running on water. Transitioning the trill and sense of the unknown that you get in a roller coaster, water coasters are the latest addition to water parks. Depending on the arrangements, riders will or will not be drenched. This way, foot traffic can be ensured during the off-seasons.

Water Coasters

  • SplashBowls
    A modular component that can be added to any slide to add a “twist” before dropping to a pool. The design allows splash bowls to be added to any water slide, flume aided slide, or body slide. The circular motion, as soon as someone enters the bowl, will generate centrifugal force causing the rider to orbit towards the center.

Splashbowls

  • Drop Slides

Drop slides are a new favorite for water park attendees and similar to any regular slide except the end directly ‘drops’ the rider into a pool below instead of sliding them in.  Can directly be added on top of the existing pool.

drop slides

Seniors

The sense of thrill generally reduces with age. Most of the audience in this demographic would be parents or guardians of the kids visiting the water park. While they may not want to participate in rides, it is great to have some rides that cater to their interest. Rides such as kiddie racer slides allow them to be a part of the kid’s fun; you can also have attractions like log rides and love tunnels that offer a calm experience without getting soaked.

Admin & Commercial Buildings

In addition to the rides and attractions, a water park design should consider other facilities such as the administration and commercial building. They are vital for the smooth water park operation and drive-in the commerce from sources other than the rides.

Commercial 

1) Concession Stands

People, especially kids, cannot spend an entire day in a water park without eating. Concession stands are a great way to have something to keep you fueled up without missing out on the fun.

2) Memorabilia Stores

Commemorate the visits by buying different collectibles and memorabilia stores. Photographs and T-shirts are the most commonly purchased commodities in water parks and adventure parks.

Fundamentals

1) Restrooms

Restrooms are fundamental aspects of a water park design as your guests need to relieve themselves periodically if you want them to spend an entire day.

2) Pathways

To move the visitors from one attraction to another, you need to plan out the pathways and relevant signboards for easy navigation. You can also add the map of your park for easy guidance for visitors.

Administration

1) Security & Admin

The brain of your park, the admin, and security are best placed when tucked somewhere closer to the entrance and will house the different departments that manage the park. You can have a security checkpoint scattered around at regular intervals for easy monitoring.

2) Safety & Help Centers

Mishaps can occur, and it is vital to have medical centers equipped to handle any kind of casualties. In case of ride breakdowns, the safety team needs to be quick to respond, and so it’s placement should be in an overlapping radius between each other.

Final Thoughts

With the best equipment and excellent designs, you can create an enjoyable experience for your visitors. Most people misconstrue that bigger is always better moreover need not be the point. With a limited quantity of rides planned efficiently, you make sure that your guests frequently visit to undergo the same experience under a new perspective.