Alabama Adventure and Splash Adventure

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Alabama Adventure and Splash Adventure
Alabama Adventure and Splash Adventure.jpg
amusement park
Location
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Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Status Operating
Opened May 23, 1998
Owner Kock Family Parks
Previous names Alabama Splash Adventure (2014 to 2018)
Splash Adventure (2012 to 2014)
Alabama Adventure (2006 to 2011)
VisionLand (1998 to 2005)
Website http://www.alabamasplash.com/
Alabama Adventure in 2008

Alabama Adventure and Splash Adventure is an amusement park and water park in Bessemer, Alabama, USA. Opened in 1998, the park went bankrupt in 2002 and did not operate that year. The property has changed owners several times and from 2011 to 2013 it operated exclusively as a water park. It was acquired by the Koch family in 2014 and has since seen investment in both the amusement and water parks. The park is home to Rampage, a 120 foot tall wooden roller coaster.

History[edit | edit source]

The park was built by West Jefferson Amusement and Public Park Authority, an organization created by 11 cities. It opened on March 23, 1998.[1]

VisionLand did not operate at all during the 2002 season. The park filed for bankruptcy in June, claiming it was $100 million in debt. It was subsequently put up for sale and was sold to Southland on January 2, 2003 for $5.25 million. A competing bid was placed by Themeparks LLC, who at the time also owned Magic Springs and had previously owned Kentucky Kingdom.[2] For 2003, the name was changed to "Visionland" (the "L" now lowercase) and the park reopened following $5 million in renovations.[3]

In 2005, the park opened Zoomerang, a shuttle roller coaster purchased from a closed Australian amusement park.[4] The following year, the name was changed to Alabama Adventure.[5]

The park changed hands again in May 2008 when it was purchased by Adrenaline Family Entertainment.[6] The park was purchased by General Attractions in January 2011 who subsequently re-branded it as Splash Adventure. The company closed the amusement park (excluding the Main Street area) and invested $1.5 million in four aquatic attractions. According to the chief executive of General Attractions, most of the operating costs went towards the amusement park despite the water attractions being more popular with guests.[7]

In March 2014, the Koch family purchased Splash Adventure and announced that the amusement park would reopen that year.[8] Several kiddie rides were added, including the Centi-SPEED roller coaster.

For 2019, the amusement and water parks were separated into two separate identities, "Alabama Adventure" and "Splash Adventure". However both remain accessible with a single ticket. Two attractions were added: a water slide, and the Galleon.[9]

Roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Present[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Centi-SPEED Fajume Family 2014 Operating
Rampage Custom Coasters International, Inc. Wooden May 23, 1998 Operating

Past[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Marvel Mania E&F Miler Industries Family May 23, 1998 2011 Elitch Gardens
Zoomerang Vekoma Shuttle May 8, 2005 2011 Wonderla

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Present[edit | edit source]

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Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Drop Zone Zamperla Drop Tower 2016
Rockin' Tug Zamperla Rockin' Tug 2018
Scrambler Eli Bridge Company Scrambler 2018
Tilt-A-Whirl Sellner Manufacturing Tilt-A-Whirl 2018
Yo-Yo Chance Rides 2018

Past[edit | edit source]

This list is incomplete, please expand it if you can.
Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
BuzzSaw Falls SkyTrans Shoot-the-Chutes May 28, 2011 2011 Relocated to Waves Resort Corpus Christi
Wipeout Adventure Course Ropes Courses, Inc. Ropes Course 2012 2019 -

Non-ride attractions[edit | edit source]

Wipeout Adventure Course was a ropes course which operated from 2012 to 2019. It incorporated water features including cannons.

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