Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'

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Dixie Landin Amusement Park - Blue Bayou Waterpark
Location 18142 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Coordinates 30°20′39″N 91°01′35″W / 30.344116°N 91.026465°W / 30.344116; -91.026465Coordinates: 30°20′39″N 91°01′35″W / 30.344116°N 91.026465°W / 30.344116; -91.026465
Owner Samuel B. Haynes, Jr. [1]
Opened 1989
(c. 1960 as Fun Fair Park)[2]
Operating season May 5 through September 3
Rides
Total Blue Bayou- 20 total/ Dixie Landin'- 27
Roller coasters 4
Website

http://www.bluebayou.com/

http://www.dixielandin.com/

Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landin’ are adjacent amusement parks in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[3] Blue Bayou is a water park and Dixie Landin' is a more traditional amusement park with thrill rides.

Blue Bayou[edit]

Blue Bayou has 20 attractions including a lazy river, a behemoth bowl, a quadruple aqualoop, a wave pool, a ProSlide Tornado, and many other slides. Over the years, it has been adding new attractions. The newest attraction is "Mambo", a quadruple aqualoop which opened in August 2012. For the 2012 season, it also updated its lazy river, bathhouses, food menus, and kids section.[4] It is also known as "The Land of the Giants", as it is home to five of the world's largest water slides.[citation needed]

Attractions[edit]

  • Mambo (World's Largest Aqualoop)[citation needed]
  • Voodoo (World's Largest Dark Behemothbowl)[5]
  • Azuka (World's Largest Tornado Slide)[5]
  • Racers (World's Largest Water Racer)[5]
  • Conja' (Worlds Largest In-Line Water Slide)[5]
  • Mad Moccasins
  • Pirate's Cove (A Children's Play Area)
  • Flyin' Pirogue
  • High Water
  • Awesome Twosome
  • Hurricane Bay (Wave pool)
  • Lafitte's Plunge (A 90 Foot Free Fall Slide)
  • Lazy River

Dixie Landin'[edit]

Dixie Landin' was built in 1999. Some of its rides came from the now defunct Fun Fair Park which was located at the intersection of Florida Boulevard and Airline Highway. It includes rides for all ages, including kiddie rides and thrill seeker rides. It currently has 27 attractions, including an S&S combo drop tower, a log flume, four roller coasters, and a variety of flat rides. The Drop Tower, Hot Shot, was originally the O2 Tower from Panama City Beach, Florida's now defunct Miracle Strip Amusement Park. In 2008, Hurricane Gustav destroyed the Coca-Cola concert stage, however, a new one was built in time for the 2009 season.

Attractions[edit]

  • Barataria Pirate
  • Black Widow (spider)
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Flyin' Tiger
  • Gumbo YoYo
  • Hot Shot (200 Foot Drop Tower)
  • Side Winder
  • Jambayala
  • Fouchon Flyer
  • The Giant Wheel
  • Zydeco Express (Music Express)
  • The Splinter
  • The Delta Crop Dusters
  • Cajun Collision
  • Grand Carousel
  • Gasoline Alley
  • Dixie Landin' Manchac Railroad
  • Merry Go Round
  • Zoom
  • Drums of Fun
  • Combination
  • Old 99's

Roller coasters[edit]

Incidents[edit]

On July 11, 2010, around 4:00 p.m., a woman fell to her death from the Xtreme roller coaster.[6]

On August 4, 2011, Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin' was fined $25,295 by the U.S. Department of Labor for numerous labor violations. The park was allowing minors to work more than eight hours a day. 49 minors in the 14- to 15-year-old category were found to be subject to child labor provision violations.[7]

Hurricane Gustav[edit]

Hurricane Gustav caused moderate damage to both parks. Many trees were snapped/uprooted, the Coca-Cola stage was destroyed, the awnings were blown off of the Azuka, a portion of the Pirate's Cove roof was blown off, and a storage building's metal chimney alongside of the Lazy River was knocked down (but still remains lying on the roof, and this item was actually damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012) (the storage building contains the Lazy River water flow pump). Multiple other attractions and buildings were affected. Lucky for Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin', they had just ended their season when this happened. They reopened in time for the 2009 season.

References[edit]

http://rcdb.com/4738.htm

http://theadvocate.com/news/410197-64/council-committee-discuss-bond-plan.html

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