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Keep Your Guests Coming Back for More: 5 Essentials for Creating a Thriving Water Park

Keep Your Guests Coming Back for More: 5 Essentials for Creating a Thriving Water Park

Water parks are considered as a destination location and serve as a major attraction for families. Many people are even willing to travel from different cities and countries to have a funfilled experience at water parks. This is because water parks are much more than just slides. They foster pure and unadulterated joy and offer people the opportunity to create unique memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.

Many hotel owners are realizing the value of water parks and catching up with the trend of adding slides to enhance consumer satisfaction, increase customer’s duration of stay, create differentiation and improve the preference rating of the hotel. Also, since water parks offer faster payback and additional experience, amusement parks have started to add their own water park sections.

If you are someone who is running a water park or planning to incorporate a thriving water park in your Hotel, then this blog is for you. We will have an in-depth look as to what it takes to enhance the guest experience, increase per cap spending, and run a successful water park.

Let’s get right to it, shall we!

1) Design For a Better Guest Experience

Creating an inviting environment that is comfortable, accommodating, and fun is the key to long terms success. You can create an atmosphere your guests would want to linger in by having an attractive mix of landscaping, exciting water rides, fun-filled water play structures, kid’s play area, shade areas, deck spaces, cabanas, and lounge stations.

For your rides and attractions, implement a well-thought design to ensure smooth entry and exit. A seamless entry and exit transition will eliminate the possibility of overcrowding and enhance the guest experience. There should be nothing between your guest and the ride experience!

We at Arihant can help you with macro as well as micro planning to enhance the guest experience. From where the entry begins, to how guests interact with the attractions, and how they are motivated to experience other areas once the attraction ends, we handle the minutest aspects of design through our hands-on park operating experience.

2) Strike a Balance Between Delight & Thrill

Before designing your park, it is important to know that different age groups prefer different thrills and delight levels. You must, therefore, judge your target demographic to evaluate the ideal attraction mix. Each guest is bound to experience peaks and troughs in energy levels throughout the day. Taking this factor into consideration, you must understand that more thrill doesn’t always mean a better experience and a better overall park. There needs to be a balance in activities that cater to the guest’s ‘relaxing’ moments as well.

To help you run a successful and thriving park, we at Arihant have developed a science of delight/thrill levels in attractions to compose a perfect balance in your water park. We have also dealt with 750+ projects across 59 Countries and have installed 3500+ products. What’s more, we have over 24 years of experience in running our own water park and have entertained over 5 million guests.

At this stage, we are talking from a plane of vast hands-on experience. From helping you create an in-depth feasibility study, to master planning and design, theme and concept development, installation and trials, after-sale service, and training academy for your staff, we take care of it all!

3) Help Your Guests Create Memories

When guests enter your water park, they are looking to move out of their everyday realities and step into a dream world. So offer them just that and help them create fun memories. You can do this by implementing the following sample ideas:

  • Design cozy places for photos
  • Have unique water play structures and attractive themes
  • Have a unique thrill and adventure offering water slides
  • Design and deploy mascots for kids engagement
  • Merchandising at strategic locations within the park (most preferably the exit)
  • Create shared experiences by hiring an event host who will conduct participation games, karaoke, etc.

At Arihant, we turn our client’s vision into reality by developing unique themes that help guests create cherished memories. For instance, a water park in South Asia wanted their guests to experience the thrill of racing through their aquatic structures. To align with their branding, we custom-designed their play structure into a visually appealing space that immerses guests into a highly engaging and visually appealing environment.

4) Install Food & Beverage Stalls at the Right Spots

The average time people spend enjoying attractions is 3.5 hours. By opening food and beverage stalls, your guests will find even more reasons to spend time in your park. Food and beverage stalls are also high on experience, high on revenue, and they serve as an attraction for a wide age group, making it a win-win situation for both your guests and your water park.

However, to create the best experience for your guests, you must ensure that the food and beverage outlets are at the right locations. For instance, lounging areas such as cocktail bars and snack stalls must be close to the wave pool. Also, it is best to have fast food retails situated near the kids’ area for parents to give their kids a yummy snack in between all the fun.

5) Leverage Technology

Today’s tech-savvy consumers don’t have the patience for slow service. When they enter your water park or wait in queues for rides, they expect a smooth entry system and information at their fingertips. This is where leveraging technology comes into play.

Have a mobile-optimized website and downloadable apps that provide rich media content. This way, guests can schedule their day before arrival, learn about rides and attractions, navigate the park through GPS mapping, and receive special offers.

Implement a QR code-based entry management system to improve queue management during entry. Provide your guests with RFID bands and cards to implement a cashless payment system for purchases within the park.

We hope you have gained some valuable insights from our blog. Feel free to connect with us, and our experienced team will assist you in building the ultimate water park that will entice your guests to come back, time and again!

Custom Water Play Attractions – Optimizing that limited space in your park!

Custom Water Play Attractions – Optimizing that limited space in your park!

Project Showcase: Adventure Landing, USA

The Adventure Landing is a group of amusement parks located in Florida, New York, North Carolina and Texas. Their first park was opened in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 1995 and it was a success. The original park had a small pool with a master blaster slide passing over. The owners wanted to build a themed play structure in that limited space.

KEY CHALLENGES:

The key challenge  was SPACE! There was an existing water slide that passed above and across the swimming pool. The water play structure design was required to fit in the pool without interrupting the existing structure and to ensure the new water play structure complied with ASTM standards.

DESIGN APPROACH

Arihant utilized advanced slide simulation techniques to design a custom themed water play structure to retrofit into the available space without the need for any adjustments to the existing slide, pool or structures passing above the space. Theming and interactive features were designed and installed to enhance the appeal of the water play structure and to not interfere with the existing structures.

The park chose a pirate theme for the water play structure, a popular and appropriate theme for the area and was installed with great success.

Themed Water Attractions – The Next Big thing?

Themed Water Attractions – The Next Big thing?

Themed Water Attractions – The Next Big thing?

Latest trends to increase visitor traction

A successful waterpark is much more than a bunch of slides handpicked from a brochure and put together in a space. It takes meticulous planning and combining the right elements to give a flow to your visitors in order to make it memorable for them and profitable for park owners. A well-developed waterpark will truly raise the experience level and spending potential of the visitor and significantly add to any park’s bottom line!

So when designing a waterpark, the underlying focus of a park should be on differentiating itself from the other parks within the common catchment area. And how does one do that when the industry offers more or less the same 25-30 products portfolio for a certain region? In the age of Facebook/Insta Posts how do you ensure you park is uniquely recognized even when user doesn’t tag it? How do you make the experience memorable?

Well the key lies in Characterization and theming!

Storytelling is central to human existence, cognition and communication. We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. A study suggests, so powerful is our impulse to detect story patterns that we see them even when they’re not there. This is a universal phenomenon that personifies elements, events thus shaping memories. Its visualization!

So how does this personification and storytelling work towards shaping a successful park?

Themes for long have been known to create an atmosphere of another place and time. It gives a story to remember and registers at a faster pace with the visitors than a normal ride. Would Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain Ride (formerly the Space Mountain Mission Ride) at Disneyland Paris, create the same impact had it not been for the planets and mystery of space that the ride took you through!

Story telling through theming gives your guests a chance to experience an attraction like never before through multi-sensory stimulation. You can forget a ride but not the experience and how it made you feel!

Keeping up with the trend, we at Arihant have a host of current best-selling products that speak story and theme to your guest. You can customize it to suit your park needs –

  • Plug N Play: A path-breaking concept where you could easily replace the theme on your water play structures. Easily re-theme the water play structure to keep surprising your guests. Bring your guests in back for a new feel in the new season
  • Treasure Ship: A multi-level lifelike and larger than life themed play structure! This is the perfect family themed slide play structure which has something for everyone.
  • Bay Series: Winner of ‘The Economic Times Polymer Award 2019’, this humongous slide is one of its kind 6 seater and amplifies the ride experience with a record breaking 8-10 oscillations
  • Themed Crusader: Winner of ‘The Economic Times Polymer Award 2020’, this giant takes its inspiration from the various natural elements incorporating it with the slide which takes the ride experience to another level. Themes with butterfly, Cobra, Leopard, Wave Surfer have been clients favorite

Arihant has always worked towards creating the clients vision into reality. For the same we have developed themes as per the clients brief, needs and positioning. To cite an example, a park in India wanted to create a feel of Heaven in their upcoming waterpark which is also named ‘’Heaven waterpark’’.  Based on our data, that the most time spent by visitors in a park is in a Waterplay structure, we overturned the entire play structure into a ‘’Heaven Lookalike’’ What followed was a process to create a visually appealing ‘Slice of Heaven’. Similarly, a park in Srilanka, wanted to bring in the speed and rush of Car Racing in the waterpark. Arihant, based on client’s requirement, designed a unique car racing themed Waterplay structure to address the client’s requirements.

Themed play structure
Heaven Waterpark
7 Helpful Waterpark Maintenance  Tips You Should Know!

7 Helpful Waterpark Maintenance Tips You Should Know!

Today most of the water park owners make it a point that their parks are well equipped with the latest slides and play structures and focus only on the safety. But often maintenance of these exciting slides is ignored by park operators which can invariantly decrease their return on investment.

Proper maintenance of your water park is the most vital element to extend the life of your water park equipment. Keeping a check of the slide maintenance with appropriate planning can prevent your equipment from losing their luster and patrons over time.

The best way to keep your slide looking great for years is to start protecting it from day one. Put together a schedule which includes details of ordering parts, organizing labor and planning out important dates for checks. This will allow you to stay organized and ensure that you don’t miss out on anything.

Here are some benefits of regular maintenance:

  • It increases the life expectancy of water park equipment
  • It reduces the repair costs over the years
  • It optimizes the operational overheads
  • It helps in increasing the return on investment by saving you money
  • It minimizes the chances of injury and poor park experience

Besides, cleaning all surfaces, pools, slides, or other equipment will ensure that slime doesn’t develop. This helps in keeping things clean, and also reduces the chances of accidental slips and subsequent injuries. Read further to know the easiest way to maintain your park. For a detailed free maintenance manual fill this form and we shall email it to you

To make it easier for you to maintain your water park, we have prepared the below list of tips:

  1. Remove Any Stagnant Water from the Lines

Since this one is easy to miss, we mention this first. It is also one of the most important maintenance tasks. Even after a lot of cleaning, condensation and seepage can aid the collection of stagnant water in the system. That’s why it is important to address this right away.

  1. Check the Chemicals in the Tank

It is vital to conduct quality testing and maintain chemical stability according to local health guidelines. This will minimize any nasty surprises that may come your way.

  1. Run a Systems Check

You must make sure that you run fresh water through all water park equipment before opening for park. And again, after making any repairs or adjustments, it is imperative to ensure that the flow remains consistent and meets equipment specifications. You should also attend to this task beforehand so you will have enough time to fix any problems and retest the system.

  1. Check for Leaks

Before and after the systems check, carefully inspect lines and joints for leaks. Be vigilant of any pooling or standing water near lines or equipment.

  1. Pressurize the Lines

Usually, the water you get from municipal sources has a higher pressure than required for your equipment. That’s why you must first transfer that water to balancing tanks and check if the flow control valves are working the way they are supposed to. And if they are offering the right operating pressure to later transfer to the slides.

  1. Conduct a Safety Check for all Water Toys

Keep a close eye on every piece of water park equipment and look for signs of wear and tear, holes, cracks, and chips on play surfaces. You should also check if all joints are tightened and if all water supply filters are free from debris or blockages.

  1. Check Electrical Systems

This is especially important as a problem with electrical systems can potentially electrocute someone. So, ensure that all electrical lines, control panels, connections, and surrounding areas are dry and other safety measures are in place.

We hope that these tips will prove useful the next time you do maintenance for your water park.

Crafting a successful waterpark

Crafting a successful waterpark

Is it a park with quality rides, high safety standards or great guest experience? At Arihant all of that is in our DNA! A successful waterpark is much more than a bunch of slides handpicked from a brochure and put together in a space. It takes meticulous planning and combining the right elements to give a flow to your visitors in order to make it memorable for them and profitable for park owners. A well-developed waterpark will truly raise the experience level and spending potential of the visitor and significantly add to any park’s bottom line!

Operating our own waterpark for 24 years has given us added insight into this business. These insights along with valuable feedback from our clients on visitor demands forms the basis of some of our slide designs helping us deliver industry leading ROI to the smart park investor.

Arihant has being developing parks that are not just pretty looking but are also commercially viable giving two-fold results to clients. In order to build a successful waterpark we encourage promoters to first ask themselves the ’Big 4’:

  1. Which age group does my audience fit into? – This will help you define the ride mix
  2. What is the expected turnout at the park? – This will help you optimize the design of waterpark and maximize the ROI
  3. What socio-economic category does my audience belong? – This will help you define the revenue projections
  4. What will attract my audience? – This will help you define the story for the park and weave a theme for slides

Parks are long term investment and efforts should circle towards sustaining the hype of the park. Hence while shortlisting a manufacturer for park slides, the 4 fold focus should be on quality, longevity of slides, Ride experience and Value for money. All of 4 aspects are crucial in ensuring higher returns for any park. The rides should encompass selection of fun and thrill slides in order to address the diverse set of customers.

The key difference between a bigger waterpark and a medium sized format is that in bigger waterpark there are clear designated sections for ride experiences for customer sets like thrill seekers, kids, family fun etc. While in small format a park strives to give the same in single confined space.

Of our experience and interactions with clients, we have also zeroed on certain slides that are must haves as per the size of the park. For e.g. a Waterplay structure and wave pool is a must in any park as it is a fun arena for all ages given the family oriented culture in Asia. For Typhoon Waterpark in Vietnam, Arihant supplied a 0.4 hectare (4046 sq. meters) wave pool as the park was spread across a huge space.

 

Adding to the difference in parks, Themes for long have been known to create an atmosphere of another place and time. It gives a story to remember and registers at a faster pace with the visitors than a normal ride. This personification and storytelling equally works towards shaping a successful park. Of our past data, current trends and client interactions, we have come to conclude that there is an aura around themes that no park visitor can ignore. The industry is shifting to characterization of attractions, including story telling. You can forget a ride but not the experience and how it made you feel!

 

Keeping up with the same notion, we have a host of current best-selling products that speak story and theme.

  • Plug N Play: A path-breaking concept to have multiple themes on one water play structures. Easily re-theme the water play structure at any time to keep surprising your guests. Bring your guests in back for a new feel in the new season
  • Treasure Ship: A multi-level lifelike and larger than life themed play structure! This is the perfect family themed slide play structure which has something for everyone.
  • Bay Series: Winner of ‘The Economic Times Polymer Award 2019’, this humongous slide is one of its kind 6 seater and amplifies the ride experience with 8-10 oscillations
  • Themed Crusader: Winner of ‘The Economic Times Polymer Award 2020’, this giant takes its inspiration from the various natural elements incorporating it with the slide which takes the ride experience to another level. Themes with butterfly, Cobra, Leopard, Wave Surfer have been clients favorite

Arihant has always worked towards creating the clients vision into reality. For the same we have developed themes as per the clients brief, needs and positioning. To cite an example, a park in India wanted to create a feel of Heaven in their upcoming waterpark which is also named ‘’Heaven waterpark’’.  Based on our data, that the most time spent by visitors in a park is in a Waterplay structure, we overturned the entire play structure into a ‘’Heaven Lookalike’’ What followed was a process to create a visually appealing ‘Slice of Heaven’

Similarly, a park in Srilanka, wanted to bring in the speed and rush of Car Racing in the waterpark. Arihant, based on client’s requirement, designed a unique car racing themed Waterplay structure to address the client’s requirements.

Saving on Wave Pool Power Consumption

Saving on Wave Pool Power Consumption

Spending time at a waterpark has become a popular activity for people across the globe. People prefer cooling off in wave pools and sliding down water slides when the weather heats up. But the immense crowds are limited to a certain season whereas rest of the seasons goes relatively easy for water parks

In such scenario rarely do we come across signs of energy efficiency or water conservation by water parks. It is very evident that not all months have the same traction of guests as compared to the peak season. But are the water parks optimizing the resources to save during the slack period? Are they cashing in on the slack season too?

As an example let’s look at how an efficient wave pool can help save almost half of the electricity costs of any water park

In peak season you have to run the wave pool at full power as the public demands it, but what about the slack season? Let’s assume that during the slack period there are around 150 people in the park out of which only 70-100 decide to join in your wave pool during scheduled time.  Do we start wave pool at full power? Definitely NO!

 Let’s see how this works.

Arihant water park equipment uses technology such that it enhances the usability of the equipments and saves big on the client’s electricity consumption with even if the equipments are partially operated.

Let’s assume that the wave pool is of 100 HP with 2 blowers. If the wave pool operates for 1 hour, below is how you can optimize the electricity consumption.

 

 

PEAK SEASON

 

SLACK SEASON

Wave pool specification

Data input

 

Wave pool specification

Data input

Blower (HP)

50

 

Blower (HP)

50

Blower Qty.

2

 

Blower Qty.

2

Compressor(HP)

7.5

 

Compressor(HP)

7.5

Comp. (Qty.)

1

 

Comp. (Qty.)

1

No. of blowers Running

2

 

No. of blowers Running

1

Total Wave pool (HP)

107.5

 

Total Wave pool (HP)

57.5

Total KW consumption

80.195

 

Total KW consumption

42.895

Cost /Unit ( Assume Rs12/unit)

12

 

Cost /Unit ( Assume Rs12/unit)

12

Weekly bill

6,736.38

 

Weekly bill

3,603.18

Monthly bill

28,870.20

 

Monthly bill

15,442.20

Annual bill

346,442.40

 

Annual bill

185,306.40

 

Cost saved (Total 47% of peak season)

1

Weekly

3,133.20

2

Monthly

13,428.00

3

Yearly

161,136.00

                                  *All figs in INR                                                            

Arihant’s wave pool system allows you to run the wave pool on a single blower efficiently. You can cut the cost to half for the same performance.

Now one may ask why not run the wave pool at half the power always? The answer to this is, that more the no. of people in the pool the more resistance to the wave generation. Hence if we run the wave pool at half power each time, it won’t be able to deliver the exact results and the guests will be left disappointed.
Revamp Your Waterpark And Attract Visitors

Revamp Your Waterpark And Attract Visitors

Water parks often need an up gradation in terms of slides and water play structures to continue attracting the visitors and offering them something new to come back to. These would serve as an extension to the existing theme of the water park. It is the USP of that particular slide or play structure that the visitors get attracted to, which means that it should have something unique in its functionality that no other water park offers or simply is the first one to offer such a unique water slide. Most of the time it is the manufacturers that face the challenge to come up with such concept based water slides and play structures.

Arihant Water Park Equipment has been on top of its game by coming up with unique concept based water slides which can instantly draw visitors to any water parks around the world. Arihant has recently introduced the new line of products which can act as a perfect addition to any given water park. Let’s have a look at some of them.

  1. Super Loop:

Super Loop Slide

It is one of the most thrilling and exciting water slide, especially for the high adrenaline rush lovers. Riders start the slide with a sudden drop from the top via a chamber and move in a hi-speed slide with a flat turn at the bottom and reach the end with wow factor.

  1. Master Blaster:

Master Blaster

It is an ultimate thrill ride where the rider enjoys the uphill thrust of water while passing through Master Blaster flow cruise stations. The slide includes sharp turns and twists add more excitement to the experience.

  1. Cobra Crusader:

Cobra Crusader

Cobra Crusader is one step ahead in the thematization of crusader ride to provide an amazing ride experience with vibrant cobra skin color and giant cobra head at the top with water dripping from the fangs. It gives the rider an adventure rush where a lifelike structure in the form of cobra head takes this concept to a whole new level.

  1. Adventura:

Adventura

It is a one of a kind multi-level adventure zone with some 16-24 exciting elements of activities for young ones and the Adrenaline Junkies. It has series of tasks to be performed by an individual while getting drenched with water showers, sprinklers and falling to pools at ground level. The complete activity on the upper level is performed by individual attached to safety harness. This structure can be enjoyed by both dry attraction as well as wet attraction zone.

  1. Torpedo:

Torpedo

Torpedo is the giant ride with rugby shape structures where riders pass through and experience thrills with sudden turns and twists while going through the conical domes. It is more like a missile. The rider is shot into the circular domes which are completely dark to keep the suspense intact.

If any of the above rides or play structures interests you, you can get in touch with us by giving us the exact requirement and we will take it from there.

Send us your requirements for manufacturing an Aqua Park.

 

How To Attract Visitors To Your Water Park

How To Attract Visitors To Your Water Park

We at Arihant Water Park Equipment believe that all water parks are capable of drawing business. As they say devil lies in the details, there are these minute dots that one needs to join which are often ignored or over looked.

World’s Craziest Water Slides

World’s Craziest Water Slides

When it comes to water slides, water park lovers are always expecting something extraordinary waiting for them, something that they will be talking about for a long time afterward. A 120 ft drop at 60 km/h is more like music to their ears and this is the reason why engineers of today keep pushing their creative boundaries to come up with an ultimate daredevil of a slide; the one that will bring the screams out of them. As a result, today’s water slides are not just plain water slides, they are well-engineered pieces of art specially designed to give the visitors a one of a kind experience.

From Brazil all the way to Dubai, these are the tallest, sharpest and the craziest water slides in the world.

  1. The Verrückt — Schlitterbahn, Kansas City

The slide stands at an intimidating 168ft and 7inches. It has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest water slide in the world. Here is what the slide actually looks like.

  1. The Scorpion’s Tail — Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin

This slide is almost as deadly as it sounds. It hardly takes 5-7 seconds to complete. The idea of the slide lies on the floor beneath it. In the safety of the clear capsule, the floor vanishes and the drop initiates; and it is after this drop that the actual adventure begins.

  1. Twister and Speedy — Sonnetherme Lutzmannsburg Thermal Spa, Austria

Can’t get enough of the adrenaline rush, craving for more, then this ride is for you. Speedy features a descent of 460ft at a breakneck speed, while Twister which is a thrilling flume which sprawls at a staggering 660ft drop.

  1. Faser — Galaxy Erding, Germany

This one right here is an example of German engineering at its best. Faser’s riders regularly achieve speeds in excess of 45km/h.

  1. Jumeirah Sceirah — Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai

Situated in the glorious surroundings of Dubai, the Jumeirah Sceirah is an awe-inspiring slide that completes its drop in just a few seconds at the speed of 50km/h. This is not for the lighthearted individuals.

  1. Insano — Beach Park, Brazil

This was previously recognized as the tallest water slide in the world. Brazil’s Insano stands at an intimidating 14 stories high and descends at the speed of 65km/h. This one is truly a one of a kind slide that can quench the thirst for an ultimate thrill ride.

  1. Leap of Faith — Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Last but not the least; Leap of Faith is an example of what water slides of today have transformed into. The Bahamas might be very well known for spending peaceful time and relaxing, but this is a perfect contrast to what the Bahamas stand for. It is a memorable flume ride that plunges the riders from a 60ft height, hurtling through a transparent tunnel in a shark-filled lagoon. This one is a masterpiece indeed.

We believe the above list is enough to give any water park enthusiasts the adrenaline rush needed to curb his thirst of being on the most insane slides of them all. For more interesting discussions follow our blog and if you have any particular topic related to water parks that you want us to write about, please mention it in the below comments section.

Do visit some of the water parks custom designed by the bright team at Arihant and be amazed at the thrilling rides that we have created. A ride on one could be the most thrilling moment of your lifetime!

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