May 15, 2006
Redlands, CA -- Pharaoh's Lost Kingdom amusement park and water park will reopen Thursday, May 18 in the middle of a major renovation. The park‰¥ús official grand re-opening will be over the Memorial Day weekend, one week later.
The Aryana Group and park creator, James Braswell bought the 11-year-old, 17-acre facility last month and started the renovation. Pharaoh‰¥ús new owners are spending $9 million on improvements and new attractions that they hope will make the park more upscale and draw more visitors.
Last year, Pharaoh‰¥ús attracted 700,000 visitors to the facility.
According to Ken Kowalski, Pharaoh's vice president of advertising, the park will have an ultra-modern look and feel.
Additions include two high-end restaurant bars, a new go-kart racetrack, and paintball course.
The park also plans to add an amphitheatre with seating for 5,000. Pharaoh's hopes the amphitheatre will draw popular entertainers to the venue.
Existing attractions at the park include four miniature golf courses, video arcade, waterpark go-kart track and midway ride park with a roller coaster.
Pharaoh‰¥ús is currently holding job fairs to fill another 250 seasonal positions. According to Kowalski, the park has already hired about half of their seasonal workforce.
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