Chip Cleary Europa-Park
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A lifetime of dreams
Chip Cleary has never been one to settle for ordinary. A lifelong dreamer, he has spent his career in the attractions industry conjuring up one revolutionary idea after another.
When water parks really started to take off in the late 1980s, “I started to daydream about what the future of that might be,” he says. “And I realized that water park rides are almost universal. Everybody can go on a water park ride.”
Inspired by industry giants
Inspired by some of the early parks, like the ProSlide-powered Typhoon Lagoon by Disney, he was soon dreaming up his iconic Splish Spash water park on Long Island. An industry friend put Cleary in touch with Rick Hunter, founder of ProSlide, and the connection was instant. “ProSlide did the entire Splish Splash,” says Cleary.
Splish Splash was pure nostalgia-meets-novelty, and the concept was an instant hit. ProSlide added a new attraction every year for the next decade. Eventually, Splish Splash grew to house over 30 attractions—almost entirely ProSlide—and was named by the Travel Channel as one of the top three water parks in the country.
Thinking bigger, changing the game
But in Chip Cleary style, even in the early days of Splish Splash, he was already thinking bigger! With some savvy investing, he was soon helming 14 of the largest water parks in the United States.
“Chip totally transformed the industry!” says Rick Hunter. “And he hasn’t just been a client to ProSlide. He’s been a friend to me and a friend to the water park business. This guy really gets it, and he’s out there changing the game every day.”