When ground breaks for a new Caribbean-themed waterpark project this spring, project director Jim Hale will already have a good sense of how he’s going to bring a tropical escape to the Pacific Northwest.
Bahama Bay is to be set on 28 acres in Pasco, Wash., but it will be
designed to authentically encompass the feel of the islands.
The goal is to create something similar to the scale of what the
Walt Disney Co. does, says Hale, president of Dynamic Waters, based
Sure, it takes a Disney-sized budget to theme on that magnitude,
but Hale and his team plan to give their guests a real sense of
place, keying into as much of the genuine Caribbean culture and
environment as possible.
For example, the live vegetation will be exactly what’s found
locally on the islands. And everything from the architectural
design of the building to the style of signage will reflect the
true island atmosphere.
Appealing to other senses, music and food also will reflect
what’s common in Caribbean nations.
To bring guests this level of authenticity, Hale has spent a
significant amount of time researching the culture of the islands.
He also spent several months in the Caribbean studying as a college
“We wanted to make it an experience. A real escape from it
all,” he says.