If going down a harrowing water slide is the kind of experience that makes your stomach turn, it could be worse. Nearly 400 visitors to the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge indoor water park in upstate New York have reported coming down with norovirus.
The temporary yet debilitating gastrointestinal ailment apparently made the rounds at the attraction earlier this month. Some of the infected families are suing Six Flags
What happens if thrill seekers get apprehensive about hitting indoor water parks? Six Flags wouldn't take too bad a hit, given that the lodge in Lake George is the company's only indoor water park. Rival Cedar Fair
Fears of the highly contagious malady striking conventional outdoor parks will also be problematic, stinging corporate heavies like Anheuser-Busch
There is a silver lining, of course. Norovirus and other contagious gastrointestinal viruses struck the cruise ship industry a few years ago. An inflicted passenger quickly spread the virus on board ships run by Carnival
So like the acute pain that a victim of norovirus feels, the hurt should pass quickly. That's important because indoor water parks aren't cheap to maintain. Guests pay healthy overnight rates to enjoy them. It would be a model-smasher if an asset became a liability.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been to several indoor water parks, including the Great Escape Lodge two summers ago. He owns shares in Disney and Six Flags and units in Cedar Fair. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.