Designing a new Themepark or Waterpark? These are the 10 Key items an Operator must check carefully.

  1. Review guest flow through the park for easy access to attractions, restaurants, shops, toilets, and other facilities.
  2. Calculate or confirm capacity and distribution of attractions and experiences.
    • Capacity: Total Design Day, Hourly Attraction capacity, hourly attendance distributions, Peak in Park Attendance, Entertainment Units per hour, Etc.
    • Distribution: Target market, Minimum age/height / Attraction experience, Attraction vehicles, Access for guests with disabilities, Etc.
  3. Ensure sufficient facilities with the correct size are available. Toilets, changing rooms, first aid, equipment storage, maintenance and repair rooms, garbage storage and removal, staff canteen, retail & F&B space and storage, back of house access routes, Etc.
  4. Review Safety for attractions, walkways, buildings, mechanical/electrical equipment, theming elements.
    • Focus extra on flooring, fencing, entrapment hazards and structural integrity.
    • This includes local building regulations, compliance with ASTM, EN or ISO standards and arranging third-party design reviews.
  5. Check the design against Operational safety requirements. Design heavily impacts lifeguard positions in water parks, or the size of pathways might not enable fire trucks or boom lifts to access the ride during evacuations.
  6. Review signage for usability and easy understanding. Ride Safety Signage, On-Ride Safety signs, Park maps, directional signage, accessibility signage, etc.
    • Consider languages, use of icons, fonts, colors, contrast, environmental conditions, signage placement, and material use.
  7. Review layout, equipment, receiving, and storage areas for revenue-generating departments like F&B, Retail, Games, Etc.
  8. Discuss with the designer and manufacturer on ease and access for maintenance, cleaning, evacuations.
  9. Gradually go more in-depth, to CCTV, audio, lighting, key access, etc.
    • Review the suitability, type of equipment, areas where this will be located, how and where it will be controlled, etc.
  10. Use experts, third party reviews, get second opinions and bring detailed questions and concerns to designers, manufacturers and the project management team, to ensure nothing is overlooked.


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