Starting an amusement park is a huge venture and it entails more than just a list of things you need to have in the park. However, once you have taken care of the funding, business plan, and legal requirements, the success of your business will come down to what you can offer to your customers that your competitors can’t. If you have plans to start one, the below are six things that every successful amusement park needs to have (and you will need to know).
A Gorgeous Location
The more beautiful the location is naturally, the better. However, even if you cannot find the most picturesque location, the idea is to make sure that once people enter the park, they feel like they have entered a gorgeous, magical place with amazing landscaping, blooming gardens and fantastic décor.
Rides Without Height Restrictions
Most kids love roller coasters, but the thing is, so do most adults! When some of your rides are height-restricted, you will end up losing customers, which in turn means you will lose money because of a dated ride. Besides, if mom or dad can’t ride with them, a lot of kids will often skip the rides altogether, so think carefully about what you want to invest in. If you have a specific children and toddler section for your park, by all means invest in rides that are suitable. But do keep an eye on the height restrictions for any rides that are pitched as being suitable for everyone.
The Mechanical Bull
Mechanical bulls are a classic attraction that are very popular in country and western themed parks. They are a whole lot of fun and people often attempt to ride them multiple times in the spirit of competition. Also, the mechanical bull is one of those rides that people from all age groups can take part in, so it’s pretty much a must have if you have a themed park. If you’re interested in this ride, check out the Double Mechanical Bulls from Galaxy Multi Rides; these can be customized with over 60 different attachments, enabling you to modify yours exactly how you wish. Add them to a bar within the park or give them their own standout spot surrounded by hay bales; the choice is yours.
You cannot have an amusement park without the most iconic amusement park ride of all time: the carousel. Also, known as the Merry-Go-Round, this ride has been around for more than a thousand years (they used baskets at one point), and children still love it to this day.
The Ferris Wheel
The only ride as iconic as the carousel, if not more so in the last few centuries, is the Ferris Wheel. Not only does the Ferris Wheel provide people with a way to rest their legs, but it also gives them an eagle eye view over the whole park. Plus, as whole families can often enter into compartments together, this is one ride where no-one has to miss out.
The Haunted House
It’s cheesy, overdone and highly effective at luring people in, all at the same time. Most people will go in to a haunted house trying to prove that they are not scared of such silly things as a costumed actor or an automaton, when in actual fact, when done right, they’ll come out screaming!
To state that this is a comprehensive list would be very wrong, of course, but if you’re just getting started, these attractions should all be things you consider.