How to find the best theme parks in California
A new study has found that more than a quarter of amusement parks are overcrowded and in dire need of major renovations.
According to the research from the California Association of Tourism, theme parks are at an increasing risk of experiencing major issues due to the changing landscape of California.
The research found that nearly a quarter are in urgent need of a major renovation, according to The Associated Press.
The California Association said it wants to see the state address this problem before more theme parks become too expensive to operate.
In fact, more than 50% of the theme parks surveyed were at “severe” or “critical” risk of going under budget, according the AP.
“These are parks that are already under construction, they’re already in planning stages, they’ve got the staff and the financial resources,” said Dan Johnson, director of state operations for the California Department of Tourism and Industry.
“They’ve got to be done right.”
He added that a major theme park renovation could affect the number of people working at those parks, as well as the economy and quality of life.
According the AP, the California government has been forced to spend more than $1 billion on parks since 2011, with the majority of those funds earmarked for new buildings and renovations.
In some cases, this is not enough.
In some cases the state has to spend hundreds of millions more just to keep theme parks running, Johnson said.
California already has some of the most expensive theme parks per capita in the nation, with some of California’s most expensive resorts costing more than four times the state’s median household income.
There are also numerous theme parks that have been closed or temporarily closed for safety reasons.
Johnson said it’s a constant battle to keep these parks open.
“The park system, for the most part, has been very good at getting it done,” he said.
“It’s just, you’ve got these large theme parks and then you have these smaller parks that you can’t get in, or don’t want to get into.”