In the Where to Go, section of the Louisville.com, journalist Carly Garcia pays a visit to the Ark Encounter and notes five things she learned while there. Most aren’t worth revisiting, but a few key points did stand out.
In her piece, she notes that the park presents information “with some kind of science, which will give everyone something to analyze and consider.” This is the biggest thing she gets wrong in her piece and misleads readers into thinking there is any science at all used at the park. There isn’t, the entire park is based on a fairy tale and the information provided is either taken from the bible, which is not a science book, or is completely made up.
The other major thing she notices is that the park is not an amusement park as advertised, and many of the coming attractions are not included in already steep $40 ticket price.
The camel rides advertised are not available yet, and cost extra. The zip-line, which is featured in all advertisement by the park and the state itself, are not yet open, and again, come at a separate price. This leaves Garcia to comment that the park seems more “like a museum than an amusement park.”
This is the kind of information that will likely, and hopefully, drive consumers away from the park. Few people want to spend $40 per family member to spend three hours inside a landlocked boat and not taking part in any of the fun, advertised activities.
Reports have indicated that over the opening week, the park never peaked over 5,000 visitors in a single day, setting the park’s goal of 2 million visitors a year back by a lot.
The fact the park opened so far from completion should honestly speak volumes about how desperately Ken Ham, the park’s owner, needs the states tax refund in order to move this project forward. Yet, without people actually visiting the park, he is not likely going to see a major return on the up to $18 million credit.
It’s like Bill Nye said after his visit, let’s hope the park closes down before they even raise the money to reach completion.