BURLESON, Texas — Advance reservations are up 30 to 40 percent over last year’s figures at the North Texas Jellystone Park, which is completing a multi-million dollar expansion that includes new waterslides at the Pirates’ Cove Waterpark.
“We keep adding more fun!” North Texas Jellystone Park General Manager Steve Stafford said in explaining the surge in reservations.
“People like our new campsites and cabins as well as the prospect of trying out our waterslides at Pirates’ Cove. They also love our new homemade ice cream, which we make fresh each day.”
The North Texas Jellystone is completing the final 10 sites of a 100-site luxury RV site expansion this month while also installing two, 65-foot tall and 350-foot long tubular waterslides at Pirates’ Cove Waterpark, which is located next door to the campground. The new waterslides will open in mid-May.
Stafford said the luxury RV sites feature 25- by 85-foot long concrete pads, utility hookups, a built-in fire pit and grill as well as shade awnings over the picnic tables that come with each campsite.
Jellystone Park has also completed the installation of 20 two-bedroom cabins, which gives the park a total of 120 rental cabins.
Stafford said occupancies have been growing about 35 percent each year for the past seven years — ever since Ronnie Bowyer and his family decided to convert the former Rustic Creek Ranch campground into a Jellystone Park.
In fact, demand for rental cabins has been so strong that Bowyer has had to convert numerous RV sites into cabin sites in recent years. But this also created a demand not only for new RV sites, but larger RV sites to accommodate today’s rigs, hence the 100-RV site expansion.
“When this campground first opened in 2000,” Stafford said, “hardly anybody had slide outs in their RVs. But now, many of them do, and so we have to provide bigger campsites to accommodate these larger units.”
Of course, the main attractions at the North Texas Jellystone Park are the organized family activities and themed weekends with Yogi Bear, which help families create unique memories. Activities across Jellystone Parks include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, face painting, jumping pillows, gem mining as well as plentiful interactions with the bears.
Themed weekends are scheduled from March through early November, and range from family athletic competitions with various sporting events, to Christmas in July with Christmas Carole Karaoke and other holiday themed activities, to pre-Halloween themed weekends with costume and campsite decorating contests and trick or treating.
The annual Christmas in July week is set for July 24 – 30 and will include melted snowball fights, Christmas carol singing, a Christmas bingo scavenger hunt, reindeer games as well as a game of “Pin the Nose on Rudolf.”
The North Texas Jellystone Park also offers suspense-filled outdoor games. During the spring and summer, the park offers an outdoor escape challenge, where teams of two, four or six players come into the zone and quickly solve a series of mostly math problems to obtain the clues that lead them out of the escape challenge before the time runs out.
“A guide goes with the players to help keep them on track and may drop hints if necessary,” Stafford said.
At night, park guests can use the same outdoor area for zombie target shooting with paintballs. “This gives our campers practice so that by the time October gets here, they can defend themselves against live zombies,” Stafford said.
Stafford said the park improvements and expansions have created a need for more housekeeping, grounds and maintenance staff. The park is also hiring 15 international students this year to help over the period after early to mid-August when Jellystone Park’s high school and college age employees have to return to school. The park typically hires 400 employees for the peak summer camping season.
The North Texas Jellystone Park is open year-round. For more information, please visit www.northtexasjellystone.com.
SOURCE: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts press release