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The bucket list

Have you seen The Bucket List? It was a really popular movie back in 2007 and popularized the term “bucket list.” It’s a funny but ultimately sad story about making the most out of life. Of course, this comes with the understanding that end-of-life is inevitable.

And that leads me to this story about our original bucket attraction, Monsoon Lagoon.

It’s been around nearly forever, right?

Here’s a snip from our 1998 brochure

We introduced Monsoon Lagoon to our water park that year. Splashin’ Safari was only five years old at the time.

1998 brochure clip

Come to think of it, the entire water-park industry was young then. We’ve all come a long way in the past two decades. The life-expectancy quotient has increased as designers, uh … soaked in knowledge of how water attractions age.

After 21 great seasons of fun, it’s time to retire Monsoon Lagoon. The giant bucket has dumped its last waterfall onto delighted children below. In truth, it lasted longer than expected, and we’re grateful for that. And it’s good to know more recent models were built with a longer life expectancy in mind. (We’re talking about you, Kima Bay!)

On a lighter note here’s a bit of #HoWoHistory trivia: Long-time employee Joe Hevron made us all giggle in our 1997 naming meetings with his suggestion to call this water attraction the Leaky Tiki. 
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