Sunday, June 23, 2024

United Parks Becomes Owner of Daytona Lagoon Waterpark

Daytona Beach, FL, USA — Under a lease approved on August 20 by the Volusia County Council, a subsidiary of United Parks, one of the nation’s leading amusement park operators, will become the new owner and operator of Daytona Lagoon, the premiere water park in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In connection with the acquisition, United Parks has committed to investing over $2 million in improvements at Daytona Lagoon over the next two years, with upgrades to include an overall facelift, a new attraction, a broader food selection, and improved amenities for park visitors. The revitalization of Daytona Lagoon will be overseen by Jack Falfas, CEO of United Parks, which operates Hydro Adventures in Poplar Bluff, Missouri and the historic Rye Playland in Westchester County, New York.

“We are thrilled to welcome Daytona Lagoon to the United Parks family,” said Falfas, a renowned amusement park operator with over 40 years of experience in the industry. “We believe the park has enormous potential, and we cannot wait to bring our experience and passion to Daytona Beach. The County has been a wonderful partner in this transaction, and we look forward to making Daytona Lagoon a must-visit destination for families for years to come.”

“The resources and operational experience of United Parks will be tremendously beneficial in reenergizing Daytona Lagoon, making it an even more attractive family-friendly destination,” said Jim Dinneen, County Manager of Volusia County.

United Parks purchased the waterpark from DBWP, LLC through its subsidiary, Daytona Lagoon, LLC.  The acquisition is expected to close on September 30, 2015.

“We are very happy to be handing Daytona Lagoon off to the United Parks team, knowing that the park is in fine hands, and that its future is brighter than ever,” said Stan Manousos of DBWP, LLC.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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