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----    THE LATEST WATER PARK NEWS    ----
    (2/13/20) Man Arrested at Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City After Barricading Himself In Room (MORE...)
    (2/11/20) Kalahari Round Rock - New Concept Art Shown (MORE...)
    (2/7/20) Great Wolf Lodge Planning New Tennessee Resort (MORE...)
    (2/5/20) Kalahari Sandusky Adds VR Snorkle and Mini Golf For 2020 (MORE...)
    (1/29/20) Great Wolf Lodge Manteca Sets Opening Date

 

 

Alottawata Water Park  (Ottawa area, Canada)

???? - New Park - UPDATE - The project is on hold indefinitely as the company behind has states they are busy focusing on their clients and customer orders for new slides around the world, and had to put the plans to build the park on the backburner for the time being.
    (10/28/17) According to the park’s official website, they are planning on opening in Summer 2019.
    (11/30/12) ProSlide says that their plans to build the Alotta Water Park in Ottawa are still in the works... but also still on hold for the time being. According to this interview with the CEO, they are still planning the park out and intend on building it. However the target opening date has been pushed back several times, and was last thought to be opening in 2014, but that may still be pushed back one more year to 2015.

 

The Beach (Cincinnati, OH)

icon_STOPPark News - (11/15/19) It sounds like Ohio may be on the brink of losing a waterpark as I’m told that “The Beach” waterpark across the freeway from Kings Island is now listed as being up for sale. Even more telling, the park is also not pre-selling 2020 season passes, which makes it sound as if they have no plans to open in 2020 at all, no matter if they have sold the site or not.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2019 seasons.

 

Calypso Park (Ottawa, Canada)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time, also nothing added for 2019 season.

 

Camelback Waterpark & Lodge / CamelBeach - (PA)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time, also nothing added for 2019 season.

 

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark (Grand Prairie, TX)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time, also nothing added for 2019 season.

 

icon_STOPGreat Wolf Lodge General News:
    (2/13/20) The exact details of the altercation haven’t been published, but guests at the Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City location were put under a temporary lockdown on Tuesday evening after an armed guest refused to leave the property and barricaded himself into a hotel room. Police arrived shortly after 7pm and after attempts to negotiate with him failed, the Special Operations unit stormed the room and took custody of him without any injuries.
    I’m sure we’ll find out more details about exactly what led to this event in the near future.

 

Great Wolf Lodge Manteca

icon_STOP2020 - New Resort - (1/29/20) The new Great Wolf Lodge Manteca has now set August 1st, 2020 as their official opening date. Those who make early reservations in for a qualifying date can also get up to 30% off the the rate when booking online with the promo-code, “GRAND” if you book before Feb. 28 online or call 888-966-9653.
 
    (8/14/18) The local news reports that a second Great Wolf Lodge is coming to California, this time in the Northern half of the state in Manteca (South of Sacramento, East of San Francisco). They hope to begin construction on the new waterpark resort before the end of the year that will feature a 95,000 sqft indoor waterpark area, 500 rooms, plus a 45,000 sqft family entertainment center that will offer a ropes course, mini-golf and the MagiQuest interactive game system installed throughout the resort.

 

Great Wolf Lodge New York

???? - New Resort - Planning - (9/1/18) Great Wolf Lodge is in talks to build their first resort in New York, a new location about 90 minutes away from their Pocono's location, but this one will be in Orange County, about 8 miles away from where the new LEGOLAND New York park is being built in Goshen. The creation of the new Legoland park was likely the main drive behind this new location, as they are looking over a couple of site in the area, one that is county-owned property. If they opt to go ahead with this, look for construction to start within the year, as the project will likely be fast-tracked by Great Wolf. Typically construction time on these is around 18 months or so, so look for it to open as early as 2021.

 

Great Wolf Lodge Tennessee

icon_STOP2023 - New Resort - (2/7/20) According to a local news report, Great Wolf Lodge is eyeballing a site in Jackson, Tennessee as a possible home to a new indoor waterpark resort. According to the local “Jackson Chamber and Visit Jackson” groups, the city is 99% of the way there on a deal for Great Wolf Lodge to build a $150 million new resort off I-40. Construction could start by Summer 2021 and it should be ready to open 18-20 months after that. Jackson is located about a 2 hour drive west of Nashville, or about 90 minutes east of Memphis, putting it fairly in the middle between west Tennessee’s two biggest cities.

 

H2OBX (Outer Banks, North Carolina)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time, had previously mentions planning taking place to add more slides in 2019, but nothing was ever built.

 

Kalahari Resort (Pocono Mountains, PA)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

Kalahari Resort (Sandusky, Ohio)

icon_STOP2020 - Waterpark DIVR and Mini Golf - (2/5/20) A reader visited the Kalahari - Sandusky location and reported in on a couple of new features. The waterpark is now offering a new Waterpark DIVR experience, which sounds as if it is a snorkeling style experience, but you are wearing VR headgear with your snorkel instead of a see-through dive mask. Meanwhile they sent in a picture showing off a new mini-golf course that is now under construction outside as well that has not been mentioned on the website yet. As you can see in the photo, it is going in next to the ropes course attraction.
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Kalahari Resort (Round Rock, TX)

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icon_STOP2020 - NEW RESORT - Confirmed - (2/11/20) The local news has posted a bunch of new concept art showing off the interior and features of the new Kalahari Resort opening later this year in Round Rock, TX. Make the jump over to see them in the slide show.
 
    (6/6/19) Construction on the new Kalahari Resort in Texas is well underway and is looking to have it open by the end of 2020. When it does, they say that the new Texas resort will take the title of being America’s largest indoor waterpark with 225,000 square-feet of waterpark space as well as a “Tom Foolery’s” indoor amusement park area similar to the Dells Resort that will apparently feature an indoor spinning roller coaster.
 
    (5/16/18) Kalahari Resorts has broken ground on their next mega indoor waterpark resort, this time in Round Rock, Texas. This will be their forth resort property and it is slated to open in 2020, making this Kalahari's first expansion into the Southwest. The new resort will feature nearly 1,000 rooms, a convention center,  Tom Foolery's Adventure Park, dining, a full-service spa, shopping and more, all in addition to the waterpark fun Kalahari is known for.
    A few other factoids: this will be America's Largest Indoor Waterpark at 223,000 sqft, and the Tom Foolery's Adventure Park will feature over 80,000 sqft of rides, ropes courses, climbing walls, ziplines, bowling, laser tag, mini-golf and more.
    (6/16/16) Kalahari Resorts and Conventions' founder announced that they are looking into building the company's forth waterpark resort property in Round Rock, Texas. This would become their forth resort property and the first in the south-west. The African themed resort would have up to 1,000 rooms and both indoor and outdoor waterpark sections, on-site restaurants, an entertainment center, spa and convention center.
    No timeline was mentioned, but Round Rock is about 15-20 miles north of Austin, TX, and looks to be about 10-15 miles away from Cedar Park, TX where Schlitterbahn once proposed to build their own new waterpark and convention center, but has since let that project fall into limbo.

 

Kalahari Resort (Wisconsin Dells)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time, also nothing added for 2019 season.

 

Myrtle Waves  (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2016 - 2019.

 

Nashville Shores (Tennessee)
Premier Parks

Park News - (9/26/19) If you’ve seen our coverage of the sudden closure of Clementon Park, there has been some concern and talk about the status of Premier’s three waterpark properties. One very telling factor in the downfall of Clementon Park is the fact that the park’s website is not even trying to pre-sell 2020 season passes.
    With this in mind we did a quick scan of the websites for Premier’s three waterparks and discovered that all three are actively pre-selling season passes for 2020, which is a good sign that these parks had been performing well thus far, or at least better than Clementon Park. 
    You can find 2020 Season Pass sales info for each park at the following links:
Ocean Breeze - https://www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com/season-passes/
Nashville Shores - https://www.nashvilleshores.com/season-pass/
Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto - https://www.wetnwildtoronto.com/season-pass/

icon_STOP2020 - Mega Mayhem - (1/1/20) I missed this message when it was sent to m e several weeks ago on Facebook (tip - always email in tips… I don’t check messages on the Facebook page very often) but Nashville Shores will be adding a new slide for 2020 called Mega Mayhem. The article describes it as being the biggest slide in the park, but they expect it to be ready by May 2. This is a hybrid-slide creation that will feature a mini-funnel style element at the top half and a drop into a half-pipe wall style element near the bottom.
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Noah’s Ark (Wisconson Dells)
Palace Entertainment

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Ocean Breeze (Virginia)
Premier Parks

Park News - (9/26/19) If you’ve seen our coverage of the sudden closure of Clementon Park, there has been some concern and talk about the status of Premier’s three waterpark properties. One very telling factor in the downfall of Clementon Park is the fact that the park’s website is not even trying to pre-sell 2020 season passes.
    With this in mind we did a quick scan of the websites for Premier’s three waterparks and discovered that all three are actively pre-selling season passes for 2020, which is a good sign that these parks had been performing well thus far, or at least better than Clementon Park. 
    You can find 2020 Season Pass sales info for each park at the following links:
Ocean Breeze - https://www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com/season-passes/
Nashville Shores - https://www.nashvilleshores.com/season-pass/
Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto - https://www.wetnwildtoronto.com/season-pass/

2020 - Operation Splashdown - (9/29/19) A bit of good news for Ocean Breeze, as the local news reports that the waterpark will open in 2020 with a new family raft slide called Operation Splashdown. The new slide will be 7-stories tall and 600 feet in length. According to the article, it looks like this is the long-lost ProSlide Mammoth slide that was originally announced as being on the way for the 2018 season, but failed to materialize. Look for it to be built somewhere behind the Runaway Bay Wave Pool.

 

Palm Spring Surf Club (Palm Springs, CA)
Owned by Pono Acquisition Partners I, LLC as of 2019

Late 2020 - New Name / Remodeled Park - (10/27/19) A quick update can be found here as plans for the new Palm Springs Surf Club have been approved and they are moving ahead to transform the property into a new attraction. Based on the concept art being shown, it looks like almost all of the waterslides will be coming out in order to bring this new vision to life, creating an entirely new location to surf. The list of removed attractions includes the Pacific Spin (the funnel shaped Tornado slide), the red and yellow slides as well as a removal of the Flowrider stationary surf simulator. The tower for Pacific Spin will remain to be used as a life-guard observation tower.
    This means the park won't be ready for the Summer 2020 season though, and Palm Spring Surf Club may be ready to open at the earliest at the end of 2020. Pricing has not been set, but they did say that they don’t plan to charge for parking.
    (10/22/19) According to various news sources the former Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs waterpark that was sold and sat closed for all of 2019 will reopen with a new name in 2020. They’re calling it the Palm Springs Surf Club and they are going through the process of planning and building a new state-of-the-art wave pool to be the centerpiece of the new park experience. Apparently the technology behind this new concept of wave pool design will  be different from anything else seen at a waterpark before. Word is it may be similar to the technology used at the BSR Surf Resort wave pool in Waco, Texas, able to create stunning artificial wave shapes. (Click here to see a quick video of a wave at BSR Surf Park)
    (6/15/19) Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs did indeed get a new owner, as the park was sold to Pono Acquisition Partners I, LLC. The new owners are performing a massive renovation to the property, and it is staying closed for the entire 2019 season. Look for the park to reopen in 2020 as a “brand new experience”, which I assume will come along with a new name.

 

Raging Waters Sacramento (Formerly: Six Flags WaterWorld)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2015 - 2019.

 

Raging Waters San Dimas (San Dimas, CA)

2020 - Bombs Away - (8/13/19) It looks like Raging Waters is getting a similar slide to the one announced earlier today for Sandcastle, and even uses the same name: Bombs Away. According to the press release Bombs Away is six-stories tall and will include a pair of new waterslides that start off with a free-fall out of a drop pod, each offering a different experience. One is described as an open vertical drop slide while the other will be an enclosed “looping slide”. They promise the experience will be fun to watch from the outside as well, as the riders fly through the translucent red, white and blue layout.
    Unfortunately the park has announced they will retire the classic Drop Out slides in order to install the new Bombs Away slides. You’ve got until Sept. 21st to take your last plunge on Drop Out before it is retired forever.

 

Raging Waters San Jose (San Jose, CA)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2015 - 2019.

 

Raging Waves (Yorkville, Illinois)

2020 - Aussie Mat Dash - (10/18/19) Raging Waves will open a new six-lane mat racer slide in 2020 called Aussie Mat Dash. Check it out below.

 

Rapids Water Park (West Palm Beach, FL)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2017 - 2019.

 

Sahara Sam’s (New Jersey)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2017 - 2019.

 

Sandcastle Waterpark (Pennsylvania)

2020 - Bombs Away - (8/15/19) A quick update on the Sandcastle slide, Bombs Away. Since the chain already opened a Bombs Away slide at the Raging Waters park in San Jose a few years back, I can only assume this is the same kind of slide, which appears to be a ProSlide SuperLOOP slide, which is a non-inverting drop-pod slide.
 
    (8/13/19) According to the local news the new attraction coming to Sandcastle will be called “Bombs Away”. The waterslide will start off by climbing inside a trap-door drop pod for a near freefall plunge into a high speed layout. There may be a little confusion here as the park’s press release describes the new attraction as “a high altitude looping free-fall body slide”, but on all the public materials on the website and social media posts they don’t use the work “looping” at all, or even begin to describe this as an inverting / looping style slide. Unfortunately, the park did not release any concept art of the slide either, which only adds to the confusion. Hopefully this can be cleared up soon.

 
    (8/10/19) Sandcastle is teasing somethign new coming to the waterpark for the 2020 season with a video featuring Dunkin the dragon trying to clear out a site at the park for something.

 

Schlitterbahn Waterparks - These parks have their own designated page. CLICK HERE.

 

2018_SixFlagsHurricaneHarborConcordSix Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord
Operated By Six Flags for EPR Properties

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

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(Phoenix, AZ)
Formerly: Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix
Owned by EPR Properties
Managed by Six Flags Theme Parks

Park News - (2/13/19) With Six Flags now in control of the Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix waterpark, they announced they will rebrand it as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix this season. To go along with the new Hurricane Harbor name, look for some new tropical theming to also be added to the park along with other internal improvements.

2020 - Paradise Island - (8/29/19) Hurricane Harbor Phoenix will add Paradise Island in 2020.

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(Rockford, IL)
Formerly: Magic Waters
Managed by Six Flags Theme Parks

2020 - Tidal Wave - (8/29/19) Magic Waters will become Hurricane Harbor Rockford in 2020 and add Tidal Wave, the mid-west’s only tailspin waterslide. Based on the preview video, this appears to be a large cannonbowl style tube slide.

 

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(Houston, TX)
Formerly: Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown
Owned by EPR Properties
Managed by Six Flags Theme Parks

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Splish Splash  (Long Island, NY)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time, also nothing added for 2019 season.

 

Water World Colorado (Denver, Colorado)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2013 - 2019.

 

WaterWorks Park (Redding, CA)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2018 - 2019.

 

Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe  (Greensboro, NC)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2016 - 2019.

 

Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs (Palm Springs, CA)
Reopening in 2020 as Palm Springs Surf Club

 

Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
Formerly: Wild Water Kingdom
Owned by: Premier Parks LLC

Park News - (9/26/19) If you’ve seen our coverage of the sudden closure of Clementon Park, there has been some concern and talk about the status of Premier’s three waterpark properties. One very telling factor in the downfall of Clementon Park is the fact that the park’s website is not even trying to pre-sell 2020 season passes.
    With this in mind we did a quick scan of the websites for Premier’s three waterparks and discovered that all three are actively pre-selling season passes for 2020, which is a good sign that these parks had been performing well thus far, or at least better than Clementon Park. 
    You can find 2020 Season Pass sales info for each park at the following links:
Ocean Breeze - https://www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com/season-passes/
Nashville Shores - https://www.nashvilleshores.com/season-pass/
Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto - https://www.wetnwildtoronto.com/season-pass/

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2018 - 2019.

 

Wild River Country (Arkansas)

icon_STOPPark News - (2/15/20) Wild River Country, a small waterpark in Arkansas, is now set to be auctioned off after suffering from five years of tax delinquency, and now owes the government $282,000. The auction will be canceled if the park can pay the total sum owned before the April 14th auction, but according to this report, even if the park is sold at the auction (starting bid is $282,000) if the owners can pay off the taxes within 10 days after the auction, the sale will be cancelled.
    There are some other issues pending however, as there is a lawsuit against the owners for $1.47 million on a loan that goes back to 2000, and $608,088 owed on a mortgage. This is not the park’s first run-in with tax problems either, as the park was shut down in 2005 over $170,000 in unpaid sales taxes, along with other issues later that same year which were eventually settled out of court.
    If the park is in good shape and does manage to go up on the auction block, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the various chains of experienced waterpark operators out there were to make a bid on it with a starting price that low. The biggest problem though would be that a sale in mid April could prevent a new owner from getting things up and running in time for the summer season, depending on the current state of the park.

 

Wild Rivers (Irvine, CA)

2020 - New Park - Proposed - (4/10/19) The plan to build a new Wild Rivers is back in action once again, and while they will miss the previously announced 2019 opening date, they are back with a bigger and better plan to build a new $50 million waterpark expected to open in May 2020 that will be 50% bigger than the original park that closed in Irvine back in 2011. They even plan to rebuild the park’s famous Bombay Blasters slides along with a mix of new modern waterslide attractions, including an uphill water coaster attraction. Follow the link to read up on the latest details in the effort to bring this famous SoCal waterpark experience back to life.
 
    (4/4/18) Our friends at BlooLoop report that the plans to open an all new Wild Rivers waterpark should come together in time to open the park by Summer 2019 if all goes well. Details about the current status of the project along with all new concept art of the waterpark can be found by following the link.
 
    (7/1/17) A quick update about the status of the new proposed Wild Rivers waterpark in Irvine can be found over at BlooLoop, where the 30-acre park could be up and running as early as Summer 2019 if everything goes smoothly. For the moment, a preliminary site plan must be submitted along with the drafting of a new land-lease for the park.
    (5/4/17) After years and years of delays to the point where I think most people had forgotten all about it, finally this week there is light at the end of the tunnel and the former Wild Rivers waterpark from Irvine may live again as part of The Great Park project. The Irvine City Council, acting as the Orange County Great Park board directed their staff to begin negotiations with Wild Rivers officials to build and operate a new waterpark.
    The original Wild Rivers waterpark in Irvine closed down in 2011 after a 25-year successful run when their land lease ran out and the land owners did not want to sign a new one. According to the OCRegister, the new park would take up a 30-acre site and feature many waterslides, including an uphill water-coaster style slide, wave pools, lazy rivers and a rebirth of the old park's popular Congo River Rapids. They claim the park would cost $50 million to build and that they have already secured $40 million in financing.

 

Wild Water & Wheels (South Carolina)

icon_STOPPark News - (1/1/20) Wild Water and Wheels has now confirmed that they will be able to reopen for the 2020 season after all, with opening day slated to be on May 23rd. Season Passes for 2020 are now also for sale online.
 
    (12/3/19) Wild Water & Wheels posted an odd message to their Facebook page stating that they would not be selling 2020 season passes at this time. According to the owner, “It is our desire to have Wild Water remain a part of this community and we are working toward that end and will release further information as it is available”.
    What this means for the future of the attraction just south of Myrtle Beach is anyone’s guess at the moment, but it does sound like there could be a chance that it may not open next season. Stay tuned.
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Wilderness Resort (Wisconsin Dells)

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2017 - 2019.

 

Wilderness at the Smokies  (Sevierville, TN)

Check out the Screamscape review of the awesome Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel & Waterpark Resort.

2020 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2017 - 2019.

 

Zoombezi Bay (Columbus, OH)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

 

 
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