Hey OWA Fans,
We hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe. The OWA team continues to work hard to bring some smiles to your families in new, exciting ways, like at-home learning, fun videos, and ways to stay safe while enjoying the great outdoors. As reopening of the resort begins with many of your favorite retail stores, we are actively implementing new health and safety protocols to keep you safe. We miss you all!
Tired of going for a walk in the same neighborhood? Come visit our streets instead. Downtown OWA has plenty of walkable streets, bridges and an island to enjoy some sun while practicing social distancing. Did you know we’re also pet-friendly? We know those pups are feeling the effects of cabin fever just like we are, so let’s grab that leash and take man’s best friend on a W-A-L-K… Their favorite word!
In case you missed it, many of OWA’s retailers and shops are open—while practicing social distancing and increased cleaning policies recommended by state health officials. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, Downtown OWA has the perfect options for the Mom in your life. From sparkling jewelry and cute fashions at Parker & Co. Boutique to one-of-a-kind teas and herbs at The Spice and Tea Exchange, there is something for every Mom out there. Pop on over to Alvin’s Island to help her and the family gear up for that beach trip coming soon. If you want be Mom’s favorite this weekend, be sure to stop by C’est Le Vin Wine Shop in Downtown to explore their amazing collection of wines for sale by the bottle!
Maybe she’s a bit more adventurous… Now is the time to try some fun new spices, marinades and sauces with Pepper Palace. This hot shop is packed full of flavor and options for Mom! If she has a bit of a softer side, head on over to Fairhope Soap Company. From bath bombs to handcrafted soaps with smells to delight, you’ll have to pry yourself away from this colorful, locally owned shop. Let’s not forget our last stop on our Mother’s Day gift tour: Paula Deen’s retail store is open and has tons of options for your Mom. From cookware to fun trinkets to Paula’s very own recipes, you are sure to find something for Mom in Paula Deen’s Store.
Online classes? Video conference calls? Virtual happy hour? Let’s brighten up those screens a bit! Don’t you wish you could be zoomin’ down the tracks of the Rollin’ Thunder coaster at 55mph right now? Well now you, virtually, can! Whether you’re looking for thrills or just miss those sunny park days, we now bring you Park-inspired video call backgrounds. Just click the buttons below to download them to your computer and use them in your next meeting.
If you’re more of a social butterfly, we’ve also made these Instagram Story backgrounds for you. Save, screenshot, whatever you’d like and let us know a fun fact! What are you missing about OWA right now? What is your favorite ride in the Park? How many times have you ridden the Rollin’ Thunder? Don’t forget to tag us with @VisitOWA so we can share your creations!
Any parents turned teachers out there? We are he to help make learning a little easier! Normally only offered to schools for day-long field trips, OWA is bringing our entire Education in Motion program straight to your living room! Learning can be tough right now and finding the right programs can be tricky… So why not throw some roller coasters in there, too?
When it’s time to take a break from the books, we’re here to help you be the ~cool~ parent! For those cloudy or rainy days, check out Clash eSports Center’s at-home video gaming option. They’ve partnered with Super League to bring your kids their favorite PC video games at home for free! Yep, you read that right. Let’s get to gaming!
Did you keep up with our Fan of the Week contest on Facebook? Our recent winners of “Fountain Photos” and “Event Memories” have been chosen! Congrats to Samantha G. from Foley, AL and Katie O. from Biloxi, MS! They each won 2 free Season Passes to OWA’s amusement park, plus a feature on our OWA billboards in Foley, AL!
There’s still time to submit for this week’s theme (5/1/2020) of Spring Smiles at OWA! Click HERE to view our Facebook page, or click the button below to submit immediately.
We are so pleased many of our shops and retailers are safely opening, and we will continue to watch the conditions within our region, consult with medical experts, and follow CDC guidelines to determine a reopening timeline for The Park and additional businesses. We will continue to communicate any additional changes as they occur via our social media (@VisitOWA) and at our official webpage here: VisitOWA.com/OWA-Updates.
Thank you for your patience during this time. We will see you all soon. Stay safe and healthy.
– Your OWA Family
Hey OWA Fans,
As we all stay home and stay healthy, OWA is working to bring some smiles into your living room. From Easter to education, our team is doing everything we can to bring a little fun to your time at home.
To our community near and far, this goes out to you. To the ones offering their livelihood to help preserve our safety, we thank you. To the ones volunteering their time and resources to help those in need, we see you. To the ones missing their loved ones and lighthearted times, we’re with you.
Every Spring we invite our guests to enjoy Easter with us at OWA. We have Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, adorable animals, and a big egg hunt with thousands of hidden surprises. During this unprecedented time, we are truly saddened we weren’t able to see everyone’s smiling faces at OWA this Easter, but we were very happy to donate our thousands of Easter eggs to our community’s YMCA.
Foley’s local YMCA (Snook Family Foundation) has been giving back to our amazing community by offering child care for essential workers each day at their facility, providing food, drinks, and a safe place for kids to spend their time. In an effort to assist their efforts, our OWA team was able to stop by and donate nearly 4,000 eggs for their team to share with local families who might have needed a little assistance to pull of egg hunts of their own at home.
We hope everyone had a happy Easter—from our family to yours.
Learn more about their program HERE.
Normally only offered to schools for day-long field trips, OWA is bringing our entire Education in Motion program straight to your living room! Learning can be tough right now and finding the right programs can be tricky… So why not throw some roller coasters in there, too? Our awesome Special Events Team put together the below video that teaches us about Newton’s Three Laws of Physics. Keep reading for more!
If you want this awesome information in more detail, click the button to download Newton’s Three Laws and print it off at home.
If it’s even possible, we have more learning opportunities for you! The button below will take you to OWA’s entire Education in Motion workbook. Not all of the questions can be answered since we’re at home currently, but let’s solve that by getting creative! One example is that we can’t see the menu and prices at The Park’s Shady Arbor food window, so let’s make our own! Grab some paper and markers, and let’s make our own menu board. What snacks will you put on your menu?
Have you been following our Fan of the Week photo contest? Each week we announce a new theme and giveaway two (2) season passes to the amusement park to the winner! Our most recent theme was “holidays at OWA.” We asked our guests to submit any photos they had that showcased a holiday—from decorations to events to holiday-themed outfits, we had tons of memories shared with us. Check out a few below, along with our winner (voted on by our Facebook fans) Kirsten P. from Roberstdale, Alabama!
It’s so easy to enter and you could win by visiting our Facebook page here. This week’s theme is photos of OWA’s fountains! We have so many throughout our property, and we want to see how you capture their beauty!
Whether you’re working from home or just getting home from a frontline shift, if you need a quiet space to go for a while, OWA’s Marriott TownePlace Suites wants to help. We’re happy to assist you by providing the necessary space to knock out your deadlines or get some rest in a safe and clean environment during this time. Right now, you can reserve 9 hours of quiet work space in one of our rooms for only $39 (excluding taxes/fees). Call 251-581-9222 to book or with any questions.
We want to take this time and thank our community, its leaders and residents for the amazing way we’re coming together to support each other. We will continue to post updates regarding OWA’s operations as they become available.
Your OWA Family
Hey OWA Fans,
It’s time for our awesome team to share what we have been up to recently. With everything happening in the world around us, we wanted to take some time and share some positive steps we’re taking to assist our community and help our guests, local residents and fans find a sense of normalcy.
In case you didn’t hear, OWA’s Facebook page is bringing back the Fan of the Week photo contest. During this time at home, let’s take a moment to remember all the fun times we’ve had at OWA. We know you have some awesome pictures from your visits and we want to see them!
Each week the contest will have a different theme, so you will always have a new chance to enter and win… Winners gets 2 season passes to The Park and will be up on OWA’s billboards for next week. All you have to do is check our Facebook page for the theme each week (this week is holiday memories!) and submit your photos HERE.
Last week’s theme was Park Fun, so check out our winner—Deidra Wallace–below with her awesome shot at Wacky Waters splash pad.
In addition to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen sharing a cool coloring page for you to do at home, OWA is also providing some fun activities for guests. This week we have a coloring page for the Rollin’ Thunder where you can change our iconic blue track to any color you want! Does pink suit the Thunder better? Let us know, and share your coloring pages with us on social media by tagging @VisitOWA.
For our brainiacs out there, we encourage you to try your hand at our word search. Can you find your favorite rides inside the jumble of letters? Make it a competition at home! Who can find all the words fastest? Ready, set, go!
Have you ridden every ride at OWA? Were you able to make it to all our amazing holiday events? Never fear! We have an alternative for you. We’re sharing some incredible footage of OWA so you can virtually stroll the streets of Downtown with us. Click the button below to view all our videos and walk-throughs.
Additionally, we’re sharing all of our jaw-dropping POV videos of rides, so you can preview the drops and spins them out before returning to The Park. Get a sneak peek of this week’s ride below.
Every year, OWA hosts Education in Motion field trip days. Schools have the chance to come out to The Park and learn about the physics and science behind many of our amusement park rides from the mechanics and builders themselves. It’s a great way to promote learning and fun all in one day. With schools turning to virtual learning for the remainder of the 2020 school year, OWA wanted to help out, as well. We will miss all the smiling faces at Education in Motion this year, but have decided to bring the learning to you… right at home!
Be on the lookout next week as we bring you a digital version of OWA’s Education in Motion with videos and downloadable packets for free. Let’s never stop learning!
State of OWA
As of right now, The Park and OWA’s facilities are suspending operations until further notice. All updates regarding operations and official statements can be found at the button below. Questions or comments for us? Let us know here.
Thank you for your patience during this time,
Your OWA Family
Hey OWA Fans,
With the ever-evolving situation at hand, our team wanted to take a moment and let our guests, visitors, and local community know what we are up to at OWA. From helping out in-person (while practicing social distancing) to creating fun opportunities for our fans to learn more about us on the online world, we want our community to know that OWA is still here to help during this time.
Recently, our Team Members had the chance to donate food from OWA and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen to local first responder and community support organizations during this difficult time.
While keeping best health practices and social distancing, our amazing Team was able to provide hot lunches and snacks to more than 150 members of our community at the Foley Fire Department, Ecumenical Ministries of Baldwin County, MedStar, and the Baldwin County Emergency Management Association. It was an easy way for us to say “Thank You”! We are all so grateful for our local essential personnel on the front lines.
Taking it to the online world, we are also sharing fun point-of-view videos of The Park’s rides. Since it’s in our best interest to stay inside and stay safe, we are trying to bring the fun of The Park to your home!
For our first Park experience, you can find the full Mystic Mansion ride! It’s our first indoor, dark ride and is full of spookily fun surprises, as well as targets for you to blast throughout. This week’s challenge is to find all the light-up targets in Mystic Mansion… or at least more than everyone else in your house! Click the video below and ride along with us inside Mystic Mansion. Stay tuned for next week’s ride and the answer on how many targets are really in Mystic Mansion, coming soon!
Our Fan of the Week social contest will be returning next week on @VisitOWA’s Facebook page. Starting April 5, you’ll have the chance to win a pair of Season Passes and have your smiling face on OWA’s billboards in the area. The Fan of the Week photo contest will have a new theme each week, and all you have to do is submit your photo entry here. Be on the lookout for the announcement of next week’s theme. You could win!
Normally offered once you’re seated in the restaurant, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at OWA has a fun activity for you to do while inside. If you like Tic Tac Toe, word searches and coloring, then this activity sheet is for you! Their awesome team has resized the OWA inspired activity sheet for Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen so that you can easily download and print it off at home. Once you finish all the games and coloring, take a photo and share it with us on Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen’s Facebook page here. We’d love to see your creative twist!
Stay tuned, folks… We have a lot more fun things to do at home coming your way! From silliness to education, we hope to bring your family some smiles during this time.
Questions or comments for us? Let us know here.