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----    THE LATEST WATER PARK NEWS    ----
    (12/16/14) Nashville Shores Waterpark Adding Big Kahuna for 2015 (MORE...)
    (12/3/14) Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe Adding Riptide Racer For 2015 (MORE...)
    (11/19/14) New Kalahari Poconos Resort On Track For Summer 2015 (MORE...)
    (10/31/14) Alabama Splash Adventure - Rip Roarin' Rampage Returns (MORE...)

 

 

Alottawata Water Park  (Ottawa area, Canada)

Not Before 2015 - New Park - (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)

Park News - (8/6/14) According to the local news The Beach waterpark will be open this winter and offering runs on a 10-lane snow tubing hill, 40 feet high, 400 feet long. Look for it to open starting Nov. 21st and remain open Friday through Sunday’s up until March 1st, 2015 if all goes well. In addition to tubing they will also have a fun snow play area, heated tents, a concession area and more. They are calling The Beach Mountain and have even launched a dedicated website.

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Calypso Park (Ottawa, Canada)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Camelback Waterpark & Lodge - (PA)

icon_STOP2015 - New Waterpark Resort - (10/15/14) CoasterTalkNoBSZone has posted a construction report from the new Camelback Lodge waterpark resort in the Pocono Mountains before they head over the try out the nearby Alpine Coaster and ziplines.
    (12/11/13) New details about what will be included in the new Camelback Lodge & Indoor Waterpark can now be found at the official website. Look for it to open on February 2015.
    (12/10/13) Plans have been put in motion to build a $163 million Camelback Waterpark and Lodge in time to open by Spring 2015. The resort will feature a 125,000 sqft indoor waterpark, 453 guest rooms, four restaurants, a spa and conference center. Site clearing started back in the fall and a press conference to announce the details of the resort will take place later today.

 

Gaylord Rockies Hotel & Convention Center

???? - Indoor / Outdoor Waterpark - (2/10/14) The Denver Post reports that the Gaylord Rockies Hotel & Conference Center near the Denver International Airport will add a massive indoor / outdoor waterpark to the resort. With heated water, they estimate that the ourdoor portion of the waterpark could remain open from March through to October.

 

Golfland Sunsplash - Roseville

icon_STOP2015 - Tornado Wave - Planning - (10/28/14) According to a public hearing notice that was sent out, Golfland Sunsplash is seeking permission to add a “Tornado Wave” waterslide to the Roseville park.

 

Great Wolf Lodge Resorts - Assorted News Reports

New Additions / Improvements - (10/17/13) A new expansion to MagiQuest is coming exclusively to select Great Wolf Lodge locations later this fall called Shadow Quest: Journey To Save The Light. Look for it at the Lodges in: Wisconsin Dells, Grapevine, Poconos, Williamsburg, Charlotte, Cincinatti and Grand Mound. Click here to learn more.

 

Great Wolf Lodge - California
(Garden Grove, CA)

Early 2016 - Under Construction - (10/6/14) Lots of progress has been made on the new Great Wolf Lodge California indoor waterpark resort since we last looked in on them. You can see the current look of it on the live webcam, or click here to see a complete time-lapse of what they’ve done so far.
    (8/17/14) A webcam has now gone live on the Great Wolf Lodge California construction site. Check it out! As of right now they have a good sized underground concrete foundation laid and a tower crane on site for the heavy lifting.
    (7/30/14) Great Wolf Lodge Southern California is now officially listed on the Great Wolf Lodge website as opening in Early 2016. In addition to the great indoor waterpark, it is already confirmed to feature MagiQuest and a Scooops Kid Spa. According to locals, crews are busy on site making good progress on the site prep and early foundation work. Hopefully we’ll see the first signs of vertical construction very soon.
    (5/20/14) According to this article, the new Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove will “officially” break ground on Wednesday for the media and feature a 121,000 sqft indoor waterpark and 603 hotel rooms when it opens in late 2015.
    (5/16/14) Good news this week… a reader just reported passing by the Great Wolf Lodge site in Garden Grove this week, and was delighted to find that it was full of construction workers and vehicles. Typically GWL projects have about a 16-18 month construction time-table, so I’d say we can look for this one to open somewhere between the Fall to Late 2015. That said, it’s not impossible for them to power through it, pay for any extra labor required, in order to try and open it by Summer 2015, but it depends just on how far along they are right now.
    (2/1/14) According to Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater, the delayed Great Wolf Lodge California project is set to break ground this spring at long last on the Harbold Blvd. site, about a mile away from Disneyland.
    (1/28/14) While there isn’t much to go on just yet, a Screamscape source tells us that the funding for the new Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove was approved, and they are busy trying to finalize the deal to close escrow before they have the official groundbreaking. If all goes as planned, I’m told we could see the groundbreaking take place anytime between now and the end of February.
    Typically most Great Wolf Lodge projects have a 16-18 month construction timetable, and they really need to hit this window to begin the project in order to open the new indoor waterpark resort in time to take advantage of the tourist traffic that will flock to California for the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland in Summer 2015. Any further delay could put the entire project in jeopardy. GreatWolfLogdeCA_art1
    (10/16/13) Finally an update on the Great Wolf Lodge California resort in Garden Grove came out this past week. According to this news article the new Great Wolf Lodge site will break ground on December 9th. The project developer, Garden Grove MXD, Inc. (entity of McWhinney Enterprises) will receive $5 million in incentives once construction begins. The new Lodge is expected to be ready to open by June 30th, 2015… just in time to take advantage of the crowds coming to the area for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. With 600 rooms and room to add 200 more, the Garden Grove location will be the biggest Great Wolf Lodge built in the United States.
    (9/27/13) Great Wolf Lodge is opening a new resort in New England. While this is all well and good… what the heck is going on with the promised California Great Wolf Lodge that has been in limbo now for a couple of years, despite the fact that the site was cleared? You couldn’t ask for a better location, just two miles down the road from Disneyland to bring a line of tourists to your door. So… what’s the hold up?GreatWolfLogdeCA_art2
    (2/20/13) A reader sent word that in late 2012 a group of people involved with the proposed Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove mentioned that they hoped to break ground on the new resort in the first quarter of 2013. Lets hope we see construction begin soon on this new waterpark resort. In addition to the typical GWL features, they also mentioned the resort would have an underground parking garage and offer a shuttle to Disneyland as well. Given the typical 18 month construction time-table from previous Lodges, an early 2013 start would see the resort open in the second half of 2014.
    (1/21/13) Has anyone heard any updates regarding the construction of the Great Wolf Lodge California location in Garden Grove, just a mile down the road from Disneyland?  From what I’ve heard from one local, construction still has not begun on the site, though I believe it was cleared months ago. The OC Register reported in August 2012 (see below) that it had an approved finance plan, though state approval was still needed. Jumping ahead to 2013 now… I’ve been unable to find any updates on the project. If they are still planning on opening by 2014, they really need to start work in the next few months, as the typical timetable to build one of these resorts is about 18 months. Anyone know more about what is going on?
    (8/8/12) Great Wolf Lodge California took a giant leap forward this week after a finance payment plan for the indoor waterpark resort was approved. Make the jump to read up on all the details of the deal between the city of Garden Grove and the resort developer.
    (8/2/12) I’m not entirely sure what the status of the Great Wolf Lodge Resort planned for California is at the moment, and this news article has me scratching my head a little more to try and figure out if the deal may be delayed or possibly about to die.  Anyone know more?
    (4/10/12) A reader went by the construction site for the new Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, CA and sent back some pictures. Looks like the site clearing clearly is now nearly complete, so hopefully they will be ready to push forward fairly soon in order to meet the proposed 2014 opening date. As I seem to recall, construction on a new Great Wolf Lodge takes at least 18-22 months, so they should be starting soon.
    (2/2/12) Garden Grove has moved the last residents from the now closed RV Park off Harbor Blvd to make way for the “once-in-a-lifetime” project that will see a new Great Wolf Lodge added to the city, just a hop skip and a jump down the road from the Disneyland Resort. This link includes a bit of concept artwork showing off how the new resort may look.
    (4/15/11) Good news for the proposed Great Wolf Lodge Resort, the local City Council voted unanimously to approve $51 million in bonds to fund the construction of the waterpark resort. Right now the plan is to break ground in 2012… and typically it takes over a year or so to build a GWL Resort, so look for it to open in 2013 most likely.
    (8/28/10) The Great Wolf Lodge showed off what the new California resort down the road from Disneyland could look like in a meeting with community members this week. It seems the plan is to place the waterpark building right up on Harbor, with the Howlin’ Tornado slide living large as a visual icon.
    (6/29/10) Great news for Southern California… Great Wolf Lodge is now planning their first SoCal resort about 1 mile from Disneyland in Garden Grove. Yep, it looks like Garden Grove’s long-time desire to bring in their own major attraction has finally paid off as Great Wolf is the company behind that top secret waterpark resort story that came out back in mid April. All I can say is… ABOUT TIME!  If Disney isn’t going to build their own indoor waterpark, I’m glad Great Wolf Lodge is coming to do it instead.
    The new Great Wolf Lodge California is planned to have a 100,000 square-foot indoor waterpark, making it the largest in the entire GWL chain, and one of the largest in the world. Plans for the resort side of things include 600 suites plus 30,000 sqft of meeting space, plus all the other great things you can expect from a GWL Resort like a Spa, restaurants, MagiQuest, mini-golf, arcade games and more. Look for it to break ground in 2011.
    (4/17/10) The city of Garden Grove has long felt left out from the glitter and glory bestowed upon nearby Anaheim because of Disneyland. Over the years the city has tried to lure in various other theme parks and developers to build their own projects on the outskirts of Disneyland, but to no avail.
    According to the OC Register, Garden Grove is at it again and is said to have agreed to pay a waterpark resort developer $42 million if they are able to open an attraction about a mile away from Disneyland on a 10.c acre site near the intersection of Harbor and Garden Grove Blvd. An announcement is expected within a month or so and the project could break ground in 2012. I’ve got no solid lock on this, but looking at an aerial map, if I had to guess I’d say that this empty field and the trailer-park next door are a good possible location for this project.

 

Kalahari Resort (Pocono Mountains, PA)

icon_STOPJune 2015 - NEW RESORT - (11/19/14) Kalahari has confirmed that their newest property currently under construction in the Pocono Mountains is on track to open in June 2015. It will feature Pennsylvania’s largest indoor waterpark (100,000 sqft), a 2-acre outdoor waterpark, a 30,000 sqft indoor Family Entertainment Center with Bowling, Laser Tag, Mini Gold an Arcade and more. The 457-room resort will also feature a convention center space, three full service restaurants, a Spa and Salon, retail space and an 18-hole golf course.
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    (10/3/13) As expected, Kalahari held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Pocono Mountains location on Tuesday. Looks like the new resort is officially on the way for 2015.
    (10/1/13) Kalahari Resorts mentioned on their Facebook page that “BIG News” was coming on Tuesday and based on the latest change to their official website, I’m guessing this will be the official reveal of a new Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains, PA. The website has the first Phase of the resort listed to open in 2015.
    (7/31/12) The local news reports that Kalahari may be getting closer to building a massive new indoor waterpark resort project in the Poconos that would eventually be expanded to become the biggest indoor waterpark in the country. Of course I do have to think back to the last Kalahari project… the stalled out and dead plan to build a resort in Fredericksburg, VA. Of course the Fredericksburg project had the misfortune to bump head-on into the economic depression, making it difficult to get funding for the project at the time.
    (10/7/11) Screamscape sources tell me that while Kalahari has obviously abandoned their plans to build a third resort in Virginia, they are now preparing to build a new resort in Pennsylvania instead, up in the Poconos. Ground breaking is expected to take place sometime in the next 6 months, and the resort to open about a year or so later.

 

Kalahari Resort (Sandusky, Ohio)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Kalahari Resort (Wisconsin Dells)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Nashville Shores (Tennessee)

icon_STOP2015 - Big Kahuna -  (12/16/14) Nashville Shores will renovate and expand the waterpark again this winter, as well as add a new ProSlide mega-tube family raft slide called Big Kahuna, for the 2015 season. The new slide will feature a twisted dark tunnel, dark drops, and end with “hang time” on the high banked walls before hitting the splashdown.

 

Noah’s Ark (Wisconson Dells)
Palace Entertainment

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Raging Waters Sacramento (Formerly: Six Flags WaterWorld)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Raging Waters San Dimas (San Dimas, CA)

icon_STOPPark News - (10/4/14) Raging Waters is happy to let everyone know that they will extend their season a week and actually open the park this weekend (Oct. 4 and 5) due to this weekend’s heat wave. This will be the first time the park has been open in October.

2014_0731_RagingWaters_AquaLoop2015 - New Attraction - Rumor - (7/31/14) The latest rumors for Raging Waters (San Dimas) adding a new attraction in 2015 have been slowly leaking in, and all signs point to adding a new AquaLoop style ride (see photo), with a lot of talk about the Scorpion’s Tail slide at sister park, Noah’s Ark, being overheard by those with eager ears. According to one source clearing may have started already to make room for the new attraction over near the ‘pump room’ for Thunder Rapids in an area used as a bone-yard (old item storage) by the park.
    (5/2/14) While it looks like nothing is being added to Raging Waters for the 2014 season, Screamscape insiders tell us that a large new addition is being planned for the 2015 season. Anyone know more?

 

Raging Waters San Jose (San Jose, CA)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Sandcastle Waterpark (Penn)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2013 either.

 

Schlitterbahn Waterparks - These parks are so awesome, they deserve their own designated page. CLICK HERE.

 

Splash Adventure (Birmingham, AL)
Formerly Visionland (1998-2005), Alabama Adventure (2006-2011), Splash Adventures (2012-2014)
Click Here For All Future Information About This Park

 

Splish Splash  (Long Island, NY)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Surfer’s Lagoon (Pooler, GA)

2015 - New Park - (6/6/14) A reader sent in a couple of pictures of a new small waterpark under construction in Pooler, GA (near Savannah) called Surfer’s Lagoon. Work had started on the project, but I’m told they are a bit behind schedule, so don’t look for this to open in 2014 as once planned, it looks like it should be ready for 2015.

 

Water World Colorado (Denver, Colorado)

Park News - (1/10/11) If you’re a waterpark fan, you’ve probably heard about the infamous Voyage of the Center of the Earth water attraction installed at Water World near Denver, CO. Since it is a dark ride / water flume combination, video footage of the attraction itself has always been a little hard to come by. Check out this combination of footage from the ride posted to YouTube by Sally Corp. It includes some marketings videos, the TV ad for the ride as well as POV footage of the attraction itself.

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time... but nothing new was added in 2013 or 2014

 

Waterworld California (Concord, CA)
Palace Entertainment

2015 - Break Point Plunge - (9/1/14) I’m not quite sure what happened, but I’m told that Waterworld California finally just opened their new Break Point Plunge slides last weekend, as seen in this report posted to Thrills by the Bay. So with that in mind, I’d expect to see the waterpark market this same slide again as being new for the 2015 season all over 2014_WaterworldCalifornia_BreakPointPlunge_Logoagain.
    (3/4/14) Waterworld California has announced their new slide for 2014 as Break Point Plunge, a dueling, freefall body slide experience that will feature two drop pods that will drop/launch both rides simultaneously down the six story tall slide.
    (2/15/14) Waterworld California has confirmed to Screamscape that they will be adding a new attraction for the 2014 season. They wont tell us exactly what it is yet, but have given us the code name: “Project BPP”. The new thrill ride will be the first major addition to the park since 2010 and the official big announcement will take place sometime in early March. I’m also told that the park is refurbishing their Calypso Canabans with new furniture, new redwood decking, new lush landscaping and other VIP amenities.

 

Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe  (Greensboro, NC)

icon_STOP2015 - Riptide Racer - 2015_RiptideRacer(12/3/14) According to an email sent out by Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe, the new 2015 attraction will be named Riptide Racer, described as a super speed slide, though the logo seems to make it clear that it will be a racer as well, with a segment of interwoven tubes.
    (7/31/14) A teaser sign for a new 2015 attraction has now been posted at Wet ‘n’ Wild Emerald Point. Based on the image, it seems crystal clear that the park will be adding a new multi-lane mat racer slide of some kind in 2015. Hopefully one of the cool new ProSlide KrakenRacers or OctopusRacers.
    (7/15/14) Screamscape sources at Wet ‘n’ Wild Emerald Pointe tell us that the park’s Bonzai Pipeline slide will be removed and sent to another park, in order to put in four new body slides for the 2015 season. Anyone know more?

 

Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs (Palm Springs, CA)
Formerly: Knott’s Soak City
Owned by CNL Lifestyles Properties
Managed by Premier Parks LLC

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
Owned by CNL Lifestyles Properties
Managed by Premier Parks LLC

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new added in 2013 or 2014

 

Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown (Houston, TX)
Formerly: Splashtown
Owned by CNL Lifestyles Properties
Managed by Premier Parks LLC

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Wild Rivers Irvine (Irvine, CA)

?2015 - New Park - (2/17/14) Interesting note… the latest note on the Wild Rivers Irvine website explains that their funding fell through and while they were unable to get a new park ready for the 2014 season, they have found replacement funding and are now planning on opening the new Wild Rivers waterpark in 2015.
    (10/18/13) Bad news folks… according to the latest rumors there are funding problems with both of the proposed new Wild Rivers waterparks, so don’t look for either to open in 2014 or anytime soon until they get their ducks in a row.
    (8/2/12) Wild Rivers may return in May 2014 according to the OCWeekly. The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the lease of a 17 acre site once part of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, to Wild Rivers to build and operate an all new waterpark.

 

Wild Rivers Temecula (Temecula, CA)

???? - New Park - (10/18/13) Bad news folks… according to the latest rumors there are funding problems with both of the proposed new Wild Rivers waterparks, so don’t look for either to open in 2014 or anytime soon until they get their ducks in a row.
    (1/30/13) Construction on the new Wild Rivers Temecula park is set to begin this March, as they plan for a May 2014 grand opening. Financing is said to be in place and they are ready to go.
    (1/16/13) According to the local news, the developers behind Wild Rivers Temecula say that they are now ready to move forward and are planning to start construction on the new waterpark the first week of March. They have yet to confirm if this six month delay in the start of the construction will push back the opening of the water park to 2015 or if they will still be able to open in 2014.
    (9/11/12) The new Wild Rivers park planning to open in Temecula has pushed back their timetable and is now planning to open in 2014.
    (5/10/12) Temecula has agreed to sell a 19 acre site of city own land for the building of Wild Rivers Temecula, which now plans to be ready to open in time for Summer 2013.
    (5/9/12) The local news reports that the city of Temecula will vote on a deal to sell property to allow for the construction of Wild Rivers Temecula if the group can get their permits in order and start construction by this October and have the park ready to open by Summer 2013.
    (2/15/12) The local news reports that the former management of Irvine’s Wild Rivers waterpark is in talks with the city of Temecula over a deal to build a new waterpark on 32 acres of city owned property at the NW corner of Diaz Road and Dendy Parkway.  This group is not connected with the former Splash Canyon proposal group, but they do intend to revive the old Wild Rivers brand name for the new park if approved.
    (1/4/12) Anyone want to build a water park? The city of Temecula is hoping to lure in a developer to take over the site they set aside for the Splash Canyon Temecula waterpark that died out in 2010 due to lack of financing. The city is apparently willing to re-approve the expired planning approvals for the project in order to lure a new developer to leap in and get the project moving. Good timing too as the SoCal area now has one less waterpark with the destruction of Wild Rivers in Irvine.

 

Wilderness Resort (Wisconsin Dells)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Wilderness at the Smokies  (Sevierville, TN)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Wildwater Kingdom (Aurora, OH)

Park Rumor - (8/25/14) Looks like the rumors claiming Whitewater Kingdom might close were wrong. The park is now pre-selling season passes for the 2015 season.  Crisis avoided. Now how about some new slides?

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

 

 
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