My June 19, 2021 Noah’s Ark Experience
Another Noah's Ark Adventure in the Books
My family goes to Noah's Ark a lot. We've probably visited 25 times or more, and I believe my first trip there was in 1986. We always have fun there, and are always interested in the park's evolution. We discuss what's changed, what's new, and what's gone as the changes relate to our memories of many trips and good times. We expected lots of changes this year, as new owners took over a few years back, and last year COVID-19 put some serious damage on tourist destinations.
Here are a few items that caught us off guard this year. Let us know your thoughts on any of these.
- Parking, It's re-arranged, and the signage wasn't as obvious as you might expect. The most noticeable shift was probably the $20.00 per vehicle charge.
- LOTS of closed sections. A large chunk of what is billed as "America's Largest Water Park" was completely closed. Having such signature rides as Flash Flood and Kowabunga was a surprise. Flash Flood -- the ride that normally serves as a wonderful marketing piece, with enormous waves splashing park-goers right by the main drag in Wisconsin Dells -- was completely closed for the day. Finding Raja closed -- the recently constructed ride that seems to have been the one featured in most of the park's promotion also struck us as odd.
- In-park sales. More options for buying park merchandise, including a sidewalk sale were evident. Large beer price $14.00 in a souvenir plastic beer glass (refills $11.00).
It's early in the season, and there were a few understandable issues with staff errors, but we had a ball again this year. We hit the rides that were open, spent some time in the one open wave pool, and didn't find any area especially crowded or lines excessively long. We'll be back, and I know we'll have a great time there again next time, when we'll again remark on what's changed since we were last there.