Magic Springs tops its record for attendance

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The visitor count for Magic Springs & Crystal Falls, a theme/water park in Hot Springs, Ark., topped 360,000 this year, setting a record despite an unusually warm summer and a rainy June, said Ed Hart, president of Magic Springs Development Co., the park's Louisville-based owner.

"We believe we can exceed 400,000 next year," Hart added.

The park closed for the 2000 season on Oct. 8.

Hart said a substantial reinvestment is planned for next season, to include a major new ride and an expansion of the water park.

The company also may add some entertainment venues.

At press time, it was still fine-tuning its plans.

Maria Partlow, director of marketing for the company, said the water park's operating hours will be extended on selected days in 2001, by opening the rides portion earlier in the spring (beginning on weekends in April) and continuing the fall weekend hours through mid-October.

The attraction welcomes motorcoach tours.

For more information, call Linda Breed- love, group sales manager, (501) 624-0100, Ext. 110.

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