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----    THE LATEST WATER PARK NEWS    ----
    (12/3/19) Wild Water & Wheels 2020 Season Could Be In Trouble (MORE...)
    (11/15/19) Ohio's The Beach Waterpark For Sale and May Never Reopen (MORE...)
    (10/27/19) Palms Springs Surf Club - New Concept Art and Details (MORE...)
    (10/22/19) Former Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs To Become Palm Springs Surf Club (MORE...)
    (10/18/19) Raging Waves To Add Aussie Mat Dash (MORE...)
    (9/29/19) Ocean Breeze To Open New Slide For 2020 (MORE...)

 

 

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.

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added in 2016 - 2018.

 

Calypso Park (Ottawa, Canada)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

Camelback Waterpark & Lodge / CamelBeach - (PA)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark (Grand Prairie, TX)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

Great Wold Lodge Arizona -

2019 - New Resort - (1/17/18) Great Wolf Lodge has announced that they will open a new indoor waterpark resort in Arizona near Scottsdale, opening sometime in the second half of 2019. The 350-room resort will be built next to Salt River Fields, the spring-training site for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies baseball teams.

 

Great Wolf Lodge Manteca

???? - New Resort - (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.

 

H2OBX (Outer Banks, North Carolina)

2019 - New Slides Planned - (2/18/18) The local news reports that the new H2OBX waterpark had a good enough first season last year that they are already working on plans to add new attractions for the 2019 season. Long term, the developers say that they would also love to see new retail, restaurants and even hotels added to the property nearby the park.
    Translation... "We built the park in the middle of nowhere" where even the closest gas station is a mile and a half away in one direction and almost 3 miles in the other and major food options appear to be even further out at the moment. But then again, I think that describes much of the OBX region in general... long stretches of rural nothingness with the occasional oasis of modern commercialism scattered here and there, but mostly near the beaches. So it should be interesting to see if H2OBX serves as the anchor-point for a bit more future development, or for other attractions that could prove to be popular with tourists during the rest of the year when the waterpark is closed.

 

Kalahari Resort (Pocono Mountains, PA)

Late 2019 - Convention Center Expansion - (6/28/18) Kalahari reports that they have broken ground on an expansion to their convention center at the Proconos resort. The expansion will add two new ballrooms and 18 new meeting rooms when it opens in late 2019.

 

Kalahari Resort (Sandusky, Ohio)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Kalahari Resort (Round Rock, TX)

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icon_STOP2020 - NEW RESORT - Confirmed - (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)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark (Resorts World Catskills, NY)

2019 - New Resort - (1/17/18) The owners of the Camelback Resort are now building their next new project: The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark. The new resort is planned to open in early 2019 in the Resorts World Catskills resort area in New York and will feature 324 guest suites and two-acres of indoor waterpark space. The waterpark is being designed by Aquatic Development Group and is inspired by the architecture of the indoor waterparks in Europe and will feature a barrel-shaped transparent Texlon roof that will allow sunlight inside year-round. Not only does this allow year-round sunbathing, but will also allow for the planned tropical plants inside to thrive and create a unique indoor environment not seen at any other indoor waterpark in the US.
    As for the name... The Kartrite is named after the explorer character, Kartrite Van Der Berris, first created and introduced at the Camelback resort property. The teaser website for the new resort is also live at TheKartrite.com.

 

Myrtle Waves  (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2016 - 2018.

 

Nashville Shores (Tennessee)
Premier Parks

icon_STOPPark 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/

2019 - Nothing is known at this time... nothing was added in 2018.

 

Noah’s Ark (Wisconson Dells)
Palace Entertainment

2019 - Safari Adventure Mini Golf - (1/22/19) Noah’s Ark confirmed that they will be opening a new Safari Adventure Mini Golf course in 2019, just in time for the park’s 40th anniversary. A game of 18-holes will cost $5.95, and passholders will get a discount.

 

Ocean Breeze (Virginia)
Premier Parks

icon_STOPPark 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/

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, and previous plans announced to build a Proside Mammoth slide in 2018 failed to materialize in 2018 or 2019.

icon_STOP2020 - 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

icon_STOPLate 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)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2015 - 2018.

 

Raging Waters San Dimas (San Dimas, CA)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2016 - 2018.

icon_STOP2020 - 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)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2015 - 2018.

 

Raging Waves (Yorkville, Illinois)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing known to be added in 2018 either.

icon_STOP2020 - 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)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2017 - 2018.

 

Sahara Sam’s (New Jersey)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added from 2017 - 2018.

 

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.

 

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Operated By Six Flags for EPR Properties

2019 - Caribbean Cove - (8/30/18) The waterpark will add a new kids play area called Caribbean Cove for 2019, made just for them.

 

2019_SFHH_Phoenix_NEWLOGOSix Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix
(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.

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

icon_STOP2020 - Paradise Island - (8/29/19) Hurricane Harbor Phoenix will add Paradise Island in 2020.

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

icon_STOP2020 - 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.

 

2019_SFHH_Splashtown_NEWLOGOSix Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown
(Houston, TX)
Formerly: Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown
Owned by EPR Properties
Managed by Six Flags Theme Parks

2019 - Wahoo Wave - (2/13/19) With Six Flags now in control of the Wet ‘n’ Wild Splashtown waterpark in Houston, they announced the park will be renamed this season as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown. To go along with the new Hurricane Harbor name, look for some new tropical theming to also be added to the park along with a new waterslide named Wahoo Wave. Wahoo Wave will take a family sized raft and send it through an enclosed tube before plunging it down into a half-pipe style element before going back into a tunnel briefly before hitting the splash down at the bottom.
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Splashway Waterpark (Texas)

icon_STOP2019 - Dueling Splash Blasters - (7/17/19) The world’s first “Dueling Splash Blasters” waterslides were set to open at Splashway waterpark (Texas) on Monday, July 15th. I haven’t seen any footage of it open yet, but the park did release a teaser video which  you can see below.

 

Splish Splash  (Long Island, NY)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

Water World Colorado (Denver, Colorado)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added between 2013 - 2018.

 

WaterWorks Park (Redding, CA)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing known to be added in 2018 either.

 

Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe  (Greensboro, NC)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added between 2016 - 2018.

 

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

icon_STOPPark 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/

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing known to be added in 2018 either.

 

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 - (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)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added between 2017 - 2018.

 

Wilderness at the Smokies  (Sevierville, TN)

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

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing was known to be added between 2017 - 2018.

 

Zoombezi Bay (Columbus, OH)

2019 - New Sea Lion Exhibit - (6/19/17) I'm told that the Columbus Zoo announced they would be adding a new exhibit for Sea Lions and Harbor Seals for 2019, with the Sea Lions expected to be coming in from the Ocean World park in China.

 

 

 
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