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Some Blog I Wrote

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Indoor fun for everyone

Could someone explain to me why an indoor park of any kind can't be found in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area? I don't care whether someone is a lifelong resident of North Texas, he or she is still as susceptible to heat stroke. I recall many a summer day working at Six Flags Over Texas where at least one "guest" would succumb to heat stroke. On particularly busy days, it was not unusual to learn about six or seven victims.

I remember being "used to" the Texas heat and humidity. I remember eagerly playing the "park under a tree" game every single morning to keep the car from reaching average kiln temperatures by the afternoon. But now I'm a Chicagoan who (A) doesn't like to drive to begin with and (B) can't stand average Texas summer (read March through September) temperatures.

I can recall only one indoor park in all of my 22 years in Texas -- Sesame Place. It was partially indoor as the water portion was left outside along with a go-cart track. Sesame Place in Irving lasted a few years but probably couldn't draw the numbers needed to offset the operating costs. (One park remains in Pennsylvania.)

I realize operating costs for any kind of indoor park are large, but I think someone in Texas needs to step up and offer something a little larger in scope than Discovery Zone (which has collapsed) or some random "jump palace." Perhaps Texans just prefer to have their fun outdoors despite numerous warnings from meteorologists to stay indoors whenever possible in hot weather. Prehaps they're just better prepared to consume as much liquid as possible when outside. I can't understand how an indoor park couldn't be profitable.

Indoor parks are common here in the Midwest, where crippling winters make activity in the least amount of clothing impossible. The Wisconsin Dells are dotted with indoor monstrosities. The Mall of America has an entire theme park at its core. Indoor pools are almost as commonplace as outdoor pools. Clearly, the weather dictated this. Why can't the opposite kind of weather dictate the same approach?

Posted by GiromiDe @ 11:28 AM
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