Waterpark officials see bigger crowds this year because of better economy
“We feel the economy’s coming around,” Boyd said. “We’re definitely hiring more staff.”
At Water Country in Portsmouth, officials are predicting for slightly fewer than 280,000 visitors this year — about 50,000 more than last year, according to Cristine Trayner, its marketing and sales manager.
The 2012 season featured “a hot, really dry summer” and resulted in about 280,000 visitors, she said.
Staffing will remain about the same, between 350 and 400 workers. One-day tickets cost $38.99 while a season pass runs $65.99.
A survey of Water Country patrons showed “most people said they decided to come the day before or the day of,” depending on the weather, Trayner said.
“Those are the trends that are telling us and making us feel optimistic about the summer,” he said.
At Whale’s Tale, weekend tickets cost $27 a person.
Officials at both parks were excited about the sunny and warm weather forecasted for their opening weekend.