55-Foot High Steel Rollercoaster to be Centerpiece of Dramatic Hydro Adventures Overhaul

Upgrades and addition of new attractions in all areas of park over
last 3 years have made Hydro Adventures “2 parks in 1” – a must visit
Missouri destination

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Residents and visitors who haven’t visited Hydro
since it was purchased in 2014 by United Parks might not
recognize the place now – and the biggest changes to date recently
arrived for the 2016 season. The centerpiece of the leading national
amusement park operator’s 2016 upgrades is the addition of a 55-foot
high, 1,700-foot long Galaxy 500 steel rollercoaster.

The rollercoaster’s addition aligns with Hydro Adventures’ desire to
transform the park into “two parks in one” – a water park that also
features outstanding dry attractions to compete with and surpass the
region’s traditional amusement parks. The concept is central to Hydro
Adventures’ blueprint for long-term success, says Jack Falfas, CEO of
United Parks and a 40-year amusement park industry veteran.

“Not only does the ‘two parks in one’ concept attract a broader customer
base, it also extends Hydro Adventures’ season into the fall, when the
weather may still be warm enough to attract visitors to our ‘dry’
attractions,” Falfas said. “We also believe the rollercoaster and our
other existing and planned attractions will enhance our ability to
attract young adults and adults.”

In addition to the rollercoaster, also new for the 2016 season is the
installation of a “Scrambler” ride, along with the refurbishment of the
Hydro Adventures Midway, which doubled in square footage and added new
children’s rides and games. Another 2016 addition is the “Beach Bar”,
which significantly enhances the park’s food and beverage options.

United Parks, which also operates Daytona Lagoon in Daytona Beach, Fla.
and will soon assume operations of Rye Playland in Westchester County,
N.Y., has performed a complete overhaul of Hydro Adventures since taking
ownership in April 2014. Nearly every facet of the park has been
updated, and new water attractions like the “Twisted 6” mat racer, and
dry attractions that include new batting cages, go karts, a mini golf
course, children’s coaster, tea cup ride, and Tilt-a-Whirl, have brought
the park back to life.

“We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish at Hydro Adventures
in only two years of ownership,” Falfas said. “We’ve already turned a
formerly dying park into the best in the region, and our commitment to
constant improvement and maintenance will ensure that Hydro Adventures
remains a must-visit destination for many years to come.”

About United Parks

United Parks is focused on opportunities in the amusement park, water
park, and entertainment industries. CEO Jack Falfas leads a senior
management team that brings more than 100 years of operating
experience. United Parks is an indirect subsidiary of Purchase Capital,
an investment firm led by Nicholas J. Singer that provides patient
capital for private and public companies with significant potential for
long-term value creation.


On behalf of United Parks
Jason Milch, 312-379-9406