Games of skill designed to test the abilities of guests have long been popular attractions in theme parks, giving visitors a chance to win prizes for demonstrating their skills.
|Great Adventure has always been
looking to add more things to do at the park often installing trendy new
activities to capture guests' expendable income.
In the 1990's, one of the newer offerings in the industry was a variety
of elaborate portable
stands affording a plethora of games of chance and skill along with the
hopes of winning plush prizes often themed to a park's themed areas.
For the 1997 season, Gotham City Water Works was added to Movietown amongst Batman: The Ride, and Batman & Robin: The Chiller, and the Batman Stunt Arena. This themed water gun game was given an industrial-like facade, targets that looked like the Bat signal, plumbing fixture inspired water guns, and transparent tubes which filled with green sludge to show a player's progress in the competition.
|The water gun game could accommodate sixteen seated players (eight on each side) during each round of play. Guests would aim their water nozzle at the center of the spinning Bat signal while the well-known Batman theme song would play over the stand's speakers. A spinning blue light stationed above the lead player would signal that there was a winner.
|For the 1999 season, the former
Gotham City Water Works was moved to the Old Country to help fill in an empty
area of the park. It became known as Old Country Waters and was the same
game stand without the Batman theme elements. The game remained in Old Country
For the 2005 season, the game moved across the park again, taking up residence in the new Golden Kingdom area of the park. Now known as Temple Waters, the stand was nicely redecorated to match the elaborate theming of the Golden Kingdom. Few knew it was once the Batman-themed game from years prior.
The game was placed on an angle in front of the Fantasy Photos kiosk and this orientation encouraged guests to approach the stand and not view it as a traffic flow barricade.
|Temple Waters continued to stand at the center of the Golden Kingdom pathway for eleven seasons with the prizes changing from year to year as the trends changed. At the end of the 2015 season, the Temple Waters game was removed from the park and retired.
|Original Spotlight: September 21, 2023. GAH Reference#: GAME-1997-001