Thanks for the updates!Took some updated photos this weekend!
Looks pretty close to it. And I'm with you on the green-on-green look, it's growing on me. If that area of the park is in fact a temple-ruins themed area than it will really pop and make much more sense as well.The ride appears to be fully complete now, is that the case? I really like the look of it actually, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do.
I agree with Kanonen and Log flume changing locations!New aerial photos of the park's construction were posted on the Des Moines Register's website (courtesy of Reddit): Source ( Full Article Link here)
Compared to the original site plan from the groundbreaking press conference, it looks like the log flume and Kanonen have switched site locations, might be to add the ability for the park path to go under the coaster track.
The full article also has more details about the park's background and theming:
- Owners seem to think the waterpark maxed out its growth potential and were looking for ways to drive more traffic to the area
- Heavy emphasis on theming and lore within the park and continuing the waterpark's polynesian/island theming, with area/land names corresponding to the concept art and having element/tribe theme in each:
- Mura Fire Clan (Volcano theme) - dark ride and disko, top spin-like, and pendulum rides)
- Yuta Earth Tribe (Temple theme )- Kanonen coaster , log flume
- Awa Water Nomads (Water/Boat theme) - swinging ship, Ferris wheel, carousel, flying carousel-type ride
- Udara Air Kingdom (Air/wind theme) - Ratanga Junction SLC, drop tower, sky-fly type ride
- Tamariki Kids Area (fantasy/garden theme) - kiddie rides, samba balloon type ride, kiddie ferris wheel, kiddie coaster, playground
- Adventureland (2hrs away in Des Moines) is taking the "rising tide lifts all boats" take on the park's construction, but it appears both they and Lost Island's waterpark have been collegial in the past and Lost Island thinks its offering a different enough experience from Adventureland
- Bertch family (Lost Island owners) considered pulling the plug due to pandemic, but are optimistic 2022 will be post-covid enough
- Waterloo-area tourism board estimates the park will generate $32-67 million annual economic impact depending on season length.