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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Check "It" out

Waterpark Resorts Today’s first annual “It” book just made its debut, and we’re pretty proud. The magazine’s first stand-alone appearance marks a significant point in the growth of the waterpark resort market – that it’s here to stay.

What do we consider an “it” resort? We chose the top 10 based on revenue, which reflects which resorts really know how to sell more than just a room. These are resorts who know their product, can deliver their product and bring return customers with each purchase. And while money doesn’t define success or popularity, these properties are catering to their audiences in unique ways that truly separate them from the rest.

So sit back, perhaps in an inner tube in a lazy river, and read all about It.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Drowning in Blame, part II

Wave pools are apparently finding themselves to be quite a hazard, as a couple of recent waterpark drownings were due to wave pools. And as someone commented on my previous post, it can be fairly difficult to keep a child at arm's length when you're being pushed back and forth by those waves. (It's also fairly difficult to keep an eye on a small child who is curious about everything, like my niece, but that's for another blog).

The last time I rode the wave pool, I was surprised by 1. how deep the water was, and 2. how rocky the water was. While I understood that the point was to mimic the actual ocean, nonetheless I was still concerned - lifeguards can actually see people drowning under all those inner tubes, packs of people and moving water? Even I couldn't keep track of my companion, whose inner tube kept floating off in another direction.

Here's where I think humans have reached their fullest capabilities and technology needs to step in. Underwater cameras that alert lifeguards to a motionless body at the bottom of a pool can only be a good thing (unless the body keeps moving with the waves). Handing out lifevests to all children and adults who can't swim is another good option. And going with your child into the pool, rather than sit in a lounge chair, can give you a better view of him or her, even if you get separated.