Daytona Lagoon, like many businesses and homes throughout Volusia County, suffered damage from Hurricane Irma.
But shortly after the storm, the park at 601 Earl St. in Daytona Beach was up and running.
Still, there was one big hole.
“The most devastating damage was to our popular mat racer, Kraken’s Conquest, on the north side of the park,” General Manager Tyler Currie said. “The last half of the ride was picked up by the storm and was dropped onto the street just north of the park.”
After months of working with Arihant, a slide manufacturer, the new slide came in recently and construction started.
“We are working on having the all new mat racer open early summer,” Mr. Currie said.
A new tube slide also is getting installed, he said. “This slide will come off the same tower as the mat racer and will look like a giant pendulum. It should be an amazing water slide experience for our guests.”
The Lagoon also has added four arcade games to the mega-arcade as well as renovated the 18-hole, mini-golf course.
“We are also working on updating our birthday party rooms and putting in a bar area inside the Family Entertainment Center,” Mr. Currie said.
After the hurricane, the first priority was to get the Family Entertainment Center (the dry part of the complex) cleaned up and open to visitors, which they did by the next Saturday.
“Since we were fortunate enough to have power, we were able to open up our facilities for people to come in and charge their phones and also provide some fun for everyone who had been cooped up,” Mr. Currie said. “On the water park side, safety is our number one priority. After all of the rides were inspected and cleared, we opened the water park the very next weekend, of course minus the mat racer. We would never have made it back open so quickly without all the hard work of our staff.”
As the summer season begins, Wednesday night family nights in the water park will return, and Daytona Lagoon will debut dive-in movies at the wave pool every other Sunday night, starting Memorial Day weekend.
The entertainment complex was built in 1998 and named Adventure Landing. In 2005, it was sold and rebranded as Daytona Lagoon. At the end of 2015,United Parks bought the park and continued using the Daytona Lagoon brand.
It features year-round entertainment for guests of all ages, including a state-of-the-art arcade, go-karts, an 18-hole mini golf course, ropes course, laser tag, rock wall and island hopper.
The water park starts its season in March and runs until mid-October. The water park includes a wave pool, lazy river, multi-level children’s area, two high-speed body slides, three tube slides, a raft ride and a mat racer. Amenities include cabanas, a full bar and food.
Mr. Currie, who has been in the amusement park industry since 1995, took over Daytona Lagoon last year.
“We are the perfect spot for corporate parties, special events and, of course, birthday parties. Quite simply, we are constantly seeking new ways to provide that great family experience,” he said. “It's a great park just steps away from the 'Worlds’ Most Famous Beach,' and the potential for growth opportunity in this area is amazing.”
For more information, visit daytonalagoon.com.