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Five Pitfalls to Avoid in Operating a Water Park

Five Pitfalls to Avoid in Operating a Water Park

There are many operators who have just started managing water parks and may encounter various problems in operating water park equipment, which affects their income and makes them feel overwhelmed. They discover that managing a water park is not as simple as they thought.


However, when they see other water parks operating successfully, they may become confused. In fact, only by finding the problems in operation can they prescribe the right medicine and solve the crisis. Here are some common pitfalls in operating aqua park projects:


Pitfall 1: Lack of necessary market research in the early stage, resulting in large investment in the aqua park project, and even local vicious competition


Some investors hold the mentality of "bigger is better", thinking that as long as the capital is in place, they will obtain abundant returns, and ignoring the relationship between investment and the market. As the investment scale increases, it will inevitably lead to an increase in the number of visitors required to maintain the normal operation of the water park. Especially in third- and fourth-tier cities, where the population and economic ability are relatively insufficient, it is impossible to support a water park with a scale that is too large.


For example, in a certain place in Hunan, China, a new water park is being built, positioning itself as an international large-scale water park. The planned area for the water park alone is over a thousand acres, of which the wave pool covers an incredible two hundred acres.


In recent years, some investors have ignored the development laws of the local market and blindly launched water park projects, which will eventually cause vicious competition in some local water parks and unnecessary financial waste.


Pitfall 2: The aqua park project planning is not reasonable, and the visitor flow is not smooth


Some developers allocate a large amount of budget to purchase water park equipment, but invest insufficiently in water park design, theme packaging, and operation management. Part of the park's visitor flow line planning is not reasonable, causing poor visitor experience, high complaint rates, and laying the foundation for water park operation problems.


For example, there is a water park in a fourth-tier city in Zhejiang, China, which purchased a complete set of imported Canadian water park equipment, and the construction cost of the park reached 400 to 500 million yuan, resulting in a remote prospect of investment recovery.


Pitfall 3: The water park project ticket price is too high, and the visitor return rate is low


Some developers hope to quickly recover costs through high ticket prices, but the high ticket price often exceeds visitors' psychological affordability, becoming a "roadblock" for visitors to play in the water park.


Pitfall 4: The aqua park project lacks theme packaging, and the overall attractiveness is limited


On the surface, national water park construction has been extremely hot in recent years, with dense water parks opening. However, most water parks lack distinctive themes and cultural creativity, and most are purely stacked water park equipment, using real estate development ideas and methods to plan, construct, and operate water parks. This leads to serious homogenization of some water parks, limited overall attractiveness, and limited market appeal.


Pitfall 5: The water park project product mix is too single, and the seasonality effect is obvious


One of the biggest characteristics of a water park is its seasonality, which has a relatively short operating time. Every summer, visitors flock to the water park, but in the winter and spring, it can only close down. The operating time of water parks in each province is generally about 3-6 months. The single product attribute of water parks causes obvious seasonal effects and clear differences between winter and summer.


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