Amusement parks are using green energy to power their rides and other attractions. The adoption of solar, wind and other renewable energy sources enables these parks to save costs, reduce the emission of carbon particles into the air, and contribute to corporate responsibilities by being eco-friendly. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has transformed two of its Californian parks to run their rides entirely with solar power.
To be cost effective, water parks are building retractable roofs and enclosures to offer the experience of both an indoor and an outdoor style environment. Retractable roofs are dynamic structures which can be opened and closed to let in natural light, fresh air, and provide shelter and warmth from the cold. These roofs are durable and cost effective as they save heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting costs. They also help in removing the odors of pool chemicals for guests through natural ventilation. Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas, is a retractable roof waterpark with glazed enclosures and retracting roof panels. This provides guests with lighting, fresh air and open skies, in addition to saving energy costs for the water park.
Companies are also adopting green solutions to reduce carbon footprint by using alternative fuels. Amusement parks use fossil fuels for several purposes including transportation within the park. They burn significant amounts of fossil fuels to generate energy, contributing to the carbon footprint. Amusement parks have recently started using alternative fuels to reduce carbon footprint. Six Flags uses vegetable oil instead of diesel in their vehicles in theme parks.
The global amusements market is expected to grow from $544 billion in 2019 to nearly $653 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3%. Major drivers of the amusements market include legalization of gambling, changing consumer gambling habits, economic growth in developed nations, and increasing use of social media. Many major players in the amusements market are opting for sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives to attract environment-conscious customers.
Amusement parks are increasingly implementing sustainable practices in their operations. Amusement parks are using recycled water from rides for further use. Amusement parks require a substantial amount of water for water rides and basic maintenance of the park including clearing the sideways and maintaining the landscapes. Companies are using innovative water recycling technologies to improve the water table and contribute to sustainability. Amusement parks such as Sea World and Six Flags have implemented high-efficiency water fixture systems for reuse and recycle.