Jolly Roger® Splash Mountain

Ocean City Chamber of Commerce • Amusement Parks & Attractions • 2011

A&ES designs, engineers and installs Indian Chickee huts at Splash Mountain in Ocean City, MD, using Florida’s Seminole Indian construction techniques…


Jolly Roger’s® Splash Mountain has features to wet everyone’s whistle from wild slides, rides, pools, and the ever-popular family favorite, the Rain Forest. Discover the spectacular ambiance and shaded areas of Indian Chikee huts’ thatch work engineered by A&ES.

A&ES Build Highlights

Authenticity and lasting value are A&ES guarantees, created using centuries-old construction handed down from the  Florida Seminole Indians. A&ES innovative Design/Build team meticulously wove cabbage palm leaves, tough timber, and a time-tested technique into each sturdy Splash Mountain Chickee Hut using authentic materials. So popular, efficient, and functional is the chickee that such Seminole architecture is prevalent throughout South Florida. When you return to Splash Mountain, you relax and refresh under the same cool shade of an Indian Chickee hut nestled in the same romantic, shady spot. These ultra-modern yet old-fashioned chickees absorb and dissipate even hurricane winds.

A&ES Design and Fabrication

 A&ES innovative Design/Build team carefully wove cabbage palm leaves, tough timber, and time-tested technique into each sturdy Splash Mountain Chickee Hut using authentic materials. The chickee structure lasts about ten years and needs to be re-thatched every five years. Several Seminole Tribal members make a living building custom chickees for both commercial and private interests. A chickee is a structure distinctive by a raised floor, palmetto thatched roof, and open sides on a cypress log frame, and is the word Seminoles use for “house.” The chickee structure lasts about ten years and needs to be re-thatched every five years. Several Seminole Tribal members make a living building custom chickees for both commercial and private interests. A chickee is a structure distinctive by a raised floor, palmetto thatched roof, and open sides on a cypress log frame, and is the word Seminoles use for “house.” The Seminole tribe adopted Chickee huts during the 1850s as the US Army pushed them deeper into the Everglades. The structures, built using a cypress frame and palmetto thatches, were quickly and easily constructed. The first Seminoles to live in North Florida made log cabin-type homes. Some were two-stories tall, with sleeping quarters upstairs. Though indigenous peoples in other parts of North and South America develop similar dwellings, the consensus is that the Seminole Indian technique and product are far superior.

A&ES Services Details

  • Research and analysis of the client’s goals and requirements
  • Assessment of preliminary space plans
  • Provision of project management services including preparation of project budgets and schedules
  • Preparation of construction documents, consisting of plans, details, and specifications
  • Preparation of construction documents to adhere to regional building and fire codes
  • Identify facility impacts between contractor and A&ES components
  • The organization, coordination, and planning
  • Pre-production and prototyping
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino
  • Shop drawings (CAD)
  • 3-Dimensional design and fabrication
  • Complete design specification services
  • In-house fabrication
  • Turnkey installation

SPLASH through the past at Jolly Roger Splash Mountain – a lasting symbol of Ocean City fun!

A&ES design-build certainly made a historical splash!

Jolly Roger’s Splash Mountain Water Park

Jolly Roger Amusement Parks – Splash Mountain

Make a Splash 16 – Jolly Roger Amusement Parks


UP NEXT – Cool de Sac

A&ES is ready to build your project! Contact us today!

View Our Magical Creations  in Attraction and Entertainment Solutions, Inc.’s “Hear it. See it. Feel it.” promotional reel on you_tube_logo-1

icon-pdf A&ES | Aesthetic Excellence (PDF)