New waterpark open in your town?
Looking for a story idea for the summer? Want to preview summer fun for a
travel section? Need an idea for winter recreation? WWA offers a multitude of
story ideas to help reporters and writers.
Call the WWA for some “official” quotes. We can also provide suggestions
on other sources you can interview, from park operators to ride suppliers and manufacturers.
Some photos are also available. Just describe your specific need.
Contact Aleatha Ezra, Director of Park Member Development, (913) 599-0300 or
Big Trend No. 1 in Waterpark Industry Growth: Indoor Waterpark Resorts
What’s the biggest trend within the waterpark industry? One of the two top segments of
waterpark-industry growth is that of the indoor waterpark hotel. These resorts help keep
hotel rooms filled when business travelers head for home while also offering families a
quick getaway for some fun they can share together.
Big Trend No. 2 in Waterpark Industry Growth: Municipal-owned Waterparks
What’s the other big trend within the waterpark industry? The growing number of
city-owned/municipality-owned parks. While most major markets are set with a mega waterpark,
most cities still have plenty of room for public venues! They don’t compete with their big
brothers because they “wet” the appetite of families for bigger, more thrilling rides.
Cooling off at a Waterpark This Summer
Take a break from the heat this summer by visiting one
of the numerous and exciting waterparks found all over the United States. From
small, city-owned waterparks to mega-sized monster parks with thrilling speed
slides, giant wave pools and leisurely river rides, you’ll be sure to have some
wet, exciting fun!
Safety in the water: National Water Safety Month Informs Consumers
Want to stay safe in the water? You’ve got to know how!
WWA sponsors National Water Safety Month in May.
WWA member parks participate in this annual event by sponsoring safety fairs,
training and other activities. This is only one way WWA members work to make
sure their guests stay safe in the water, whether at the park or any other
Where did the waterpark come from?
Who created the first waterpark? While some may good-naturedly argue who had
the first park, nearly everyone agrees who the true “Father of the Waterpark”
is: George Millay. Founder of Sea World and the first Wet ‘n Wild Waterpark in
Orlando, Millay lead a colorful life that impacted nearly everyone who
works in the waterpark industry—not to mention thousands of gleeful and
giggling children and adults!
What are the Hottest Rides?
Haven’t been to a waterpark in a while? You may be
surprised by all the exciting rides you’ll find there! Speed slides that are
several stories high! Water coasters that slosh riders at high speeds! Wave
pools with cresting mountains of water! Even surfing pools where a continuous
wave creates the perfect opportunity to Hang 10!
Waterparks: The Perfect Summer Job!
Teens who are looking for a summer job that allows them
to enjoy the outdoors and feel a sense of importance in helping others should
look no further than working at a waterpark. From lifeguarding to concessions
to maintenance, waterparks offer teens many opportunities to gain experience in
determining their career paths.
Big Action Behind the Scenes: Getting Ready for the Summer Season
What goes on at a waterpark before the season opens
each summer? It’s a whirlwind of activity! From repainting the wave pool after
the long winter season to waxing slides and trimming all that lush landscaping,
waterpark staffs are hard at work long before guests start to come through the
turnstiles on opening day!