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    (9/29/16) Ocean Breeze Waterpark Planning New Giant Slide (MORE...)
    (9/22/16) WaterWorks Waterpark To Add Cowabunga Beach (MORE...)
    (8/22/16) Wildwater Kingdom Closing For Good This September
    (8/2/16) Canada’s Wild Water Kingdom Boughts By Premier Parks LLC (MORE...)
    (6/28/16) Daytona Lagoon Making Improvements (MORE...)



Alottawata Water Park  (Ottawa area, Canada)

???? - 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)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time.


Calypso Park (Ottawa, Canada)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 either.


Camelback Waterpark & Lodge - (PA)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time.


Daytona Lagoon (Florida)

icon_STOP2016 - Internal Improvements - (6/28/16) An interesting article from the local news reports on how United Parks, the owner-operator of the Daytona Lagoon waterpark, has been fixing up the park since taking over the park's lease back in August 2015. United Parks is actually run by CEO Jack Falfas, who put in decades of experience in the industry from his time with Cedar Fair, with his son Brock Falfas serving as the GM of Daytona Lagoon.
   According to the article United Parks will soon be the operator of the Rye Playland amusement park in New York through their association with Standard Amusements. They also run the Hydro Adventure water and fun park in Missouri.


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

???? - New Waterslide - Planned - (7/8/15) According to an article at ThemeParkOverload the new Riptide slide at Golfland SunSplash Roseville will open in Late July. According to the article, the park let on that the new slide tower was designed to accommodate a second slide to be added at a future date.


Great Wolf Lodge - California (Garden Grove, CA)

2016 - NOW OPEN - (3/8/16) The new Great Wolf Lodge California is now open, located just about a mile down Harbor Blvd from Disneyland, offering Southern Californians as well as tourists the ability to enjoy year-round waterslide fun for the first time. Unlike in Florida where the waterparks in Orlando are able to stay open year-round, SoCal's waterparks are all subject to the same seasonal operations calendar as the rest of the county, with most typically opening in late spring and closing down by the end of September. A fun video showing off the indoor waterpark slides in action was posted by our friends at Behind the Thrills.
    Hopefully one of these days Screamscape will get out to California again to try this latest Great Wolf Lodge location out, as we have reviewed two other locations so far and loved the Williamsburg and Charlotte locations. (Follow the links to see our reviews of those locations to get an idea of what is in store for you at the new California location)






From the look of things the new Great Wolf Lodge in California is nearly finished, as you can see from the pictures sent in by a reader. According to the official website, the indoor waterpark resort is already accepting reservations starting February 19th. The resort will also feature a number of other smaller attractions including MagiQuest: Rise of the Totem Masters, the Northern Lights Arcade, the Howly Wood XD Theater (6D Thrill Ride), Howl at the Moon Glow Golf, a Ten Paw Alley (half-size bowling alley) and Laser Frenzy.
    (8/25/15) Some fantastic new pictures showing off the progress of the new Great Wolf Lodge California can be found over at Behind The Thrills this week.
    (4/9/15) Westcoaster goes for a quick look at the Great Wolf Lodge California construction site this week along with a look at the new coaster going up at nearby Adventure City.
    (2/17/15) A great photo update from the site of the new Great Wolf Lodge California construction site was posted to Behind The Thrills. I'm happy to see that the new indoor waterpark resort is growing like a weed, with colorful waterslide pieces in place all around.
    (1/22/15) It isn't the best picture, but a reader came across a lot up the street from the Great Wolf Lodge construction site where the giant waterslide pieces are being stored. Unfortunately it was dark out when they tried to take a picture, but still light enough to see them.
    (1/2/15) It’s great to see serious progress being made over at the Great Wolf Lodge California construction site this week, as as picture of the building was posted to Twitter.
    (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.


Great Wolf Lodge: Georgia - Proposed New Resort - (2/21/15) That newly proposed Great Wolf Lodge south of Atlanta just got a little more interesting... not because of the resort itself, but because of the area they are looking to build. It seems Peachtree City is about 10 minutes from Senoia, GA... which has been gaining a lot of fame over the last few years as the place where much of the hit AMC series, The Walking Dead is filmed. Take a quick look at this Google Maps link... and see that main street looking area in the middle? That's the infamous town of Woodbury. Go south from there, across the train tracks and to the left a little but and you'll see an interesting neighborhood of homes built around a small lake, with 6 large solar panels and all surrounded by a giant zombie-proof wall. That my friends is a little place known in the comics as the Alexandria Safe Zone. I don't know if they will use the same name on the series of not, but this is where you can expect the cast to end up before the end of this current season. Oh... and if you watched the mid-season opener two weeks ago, Noah's neighborhood was actually shot in Peachtree City itself I'm told. (ok... this has nothing to do with anything... but just another fun Walking Dead link... you can find the site of Terminus in Atlanta itself, just across the freeway from the Braves stadium here.)
    If that wasn't enough of a "Hollywood" style lure for you, the infamous Pinewood Studios from the UK has also just opened Pinewood Atlanta Studios in mid-2013 just to the north of Peachtree City in Fayette County. Marvel's upcomming Ant-Man movie was the first major film product to use the new facility in 2014. So it seems Peachtree City, which was built as a sort of quiet get-away golf-cart community, is finding itself quickly being thrust more and more into the public eye... no matter if they want it or not as the area finds itself hosting more tourists than they ever had before. The addition of a new Great Wolf Lodge is just another part of this, but it helps to understand a bit more about what may draw the general public to this area. With that in mind I'll leave you with one more shot from Google Maps, this time showing off the existing Dolce Atlanta Peachtree Hotel which they want to convert into the Georgia's Great Wolf Lodge.
    (2/19/15) According to this article, Great Wolf Lodge is looking into building a waterpark resort in the Peachtree City area and has been requesting a zoning change for the potential site, though the locals are apparently not happy with the plans. While they may be able to move ahead with the current zoning on the site, the zoning change would allow them to build taller buildings on the site, and buildout into an area currently set as a property buffer. From the sound of the article, the site is actually currently home to the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Hotel and Resort, and they would keep some of the existing structure and convert it for use for the waterpark and resort.
    This is interesting, as I had not heard of Great Wolf Lodge was looking into this site to the South of Atlanta before. Previous investigations for building a GWL in Georgia looked at sites to the North-East of Atlanta. They may have refocused their efforts to sites south of the city after last year’s announcement of the Port Royal waterpark resort project north of ATL in Jasper.


Kalahari Resort (Pocono Mountains, PA) New Resort opened in 2015

2016 - Nothing new is known to be on the way at this time...

icon_STOP2017 - Waterpark Expansion - (6/28/16) A reader staying at the Kalahari Poconos saw it mentioned that the waterpark resort had big expansion plans already in the works to make the waterpark even bigger by 2017, almost doubling the size of it.


Kalahari Resort (Sandusky, Ohio)

2016 - Nothing new is known to be on the way at this time...


Kalahari Resort (Round Rock, TX)

icon_STOP???? - NEW RESORT - Proposed - (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)

2016 - Nothing new is known to be on the way at this time


Magic Waters (Rockford, IL)

Park News - (4/26/16) According to the local news the Magic Waters waterpark has opted to permanently retire the Splash Blaster waterslide after a number of injury complaints and is now looking into new ideas for future attractions. The park is conducting a survey to see what people would like to see added which you can take here, but your choices seem to be between an Aqua Loop style slide, a Bowl slide or a Boomerang / Half-Pipe style slide.
    (12/28/15) I’m told that a newer slide at the Magic Waters waterpark in Rockford, IL has been racking up a collection of costly lawsuits after a few riders reported breaking their lower backs after riding the park’s Splash Blaster slide in under-inflated rafts. (The slide appears to be a Master Blaster style water coaster slide). The slide was closed a few months ago (click here to see a POV video) and now the park is meeting with slide designers and seeking $4.75 million in funds to redesign the slide, as well as make other needed park-wide improvements to give the park a facelift for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

icon_STOP2017/2018 - New Slides - (6/16/16) According to a report from the local news, the MasterBlaster slide has been removed from the Magic Waters waterpark and the District has approved a new AquaLoop slide to replace it. If you look at the artwork on the page, it appears they have already designed a phase 2 attraction to follow it, labeled as a Boomerango slide next to the Aqualoop.


Myrtle Waves  (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2016 - Nothing new is known to be on the way at this time


Nashville Shores (Tennessee)

2016 - Nothing new is known to be on the way at this time


Noah’s Ark (Wisconson Dells)
Palace Entertainment

2016 - Nothing new is known to be on the way at this time, but nothing new was added in 2015.


Ocean Breeze (Virginia)

icon_STOP2017 - New Waterslide - Planning - (9/29/16) The Ocean Breeze waterpark (Virginia Beach) has announced they are planning on building the park’s tallest waterslide to date. In the article link, they show concept artwork of what the planned new slide should look like, standing 95 feet tall. Currently the park is awaiting approval of a height variance to allow for it, which will be discussed at the Oct 12th city council meeting.


Raging Waters Sacramento (Formerly: Six Flags WaterWorld)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new opened in 2015 either.


Raging Waters San Dimas (San Dimas, CA)

Park News - (6/27/16) Theme Park Connect has posted a fun photo update from one of my favorite California waterparks that I would visit while growing up... Raging Waters in San Dimas.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...


Raging Waters San Jose (San Jose, CA)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new opened in 2015 either.


Raging Waves (Yorkville, Illinois)

2016 - Wonambi - (3/1/16) The Raging Waves waterpark in Yorkville, Illinois is adding Wonambi in 2016, a slide that will feature an intense high-g spiral drop before plunging down into a half-pipe style wall element.


Rapids Water Park (West Palm Beach, FL)

2016 - Brain Drain - (1/28/16) Screamscape sources tell us that the Rapids Water Park in West Palm Beach, FL has confirmed a new slide on their website called Brain Drain, which will feature a drop pod at the top of the slide. A local reader has also driven by the park and seen packets of new purple, orange, blue and pink bodyslide pieces on site currently. We hope to know more soon about what the park is building.


Sahara Sam’s (New Jersey)

2016 - Indoor Waterpark Expansion - (11/4/15) Sahara Sam's waterpark has announced a $4 million, 10,000sqft expansion of the year-round indoor section of the park is on the way for 2016. The expansion will feature two new water slides (Proslide Mat Racers) and a family leisure pool and be connected to the existing 70,000 sqft indoor waterpark section. You can read more details on the expansion over at CoasterChitChat.


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)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new opened in 2015 either.


Typhoon Texas (Katy, TX)

2016 - New Waterpark - (6/3/16) CoasterChitChat has posted photos and a brief review of the new Typhoon Texas waterpark in Katy, TX.
    (1/8/16) A new waterpark named Typhoon Texas is under construction in Katy, TX, just West of Houston, and essentially just across the street from the giant Katy Mills mall. Look for it to open in time for Memorial Day weekend. You can see the park layout posted to the official Typhoon Texas website.


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.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time... but nothing new was added in 2013, 2014 or 2015


WaterWorks Park (Redding, CA)

icon_STOP2017 - Cowabunga Beach - (9/22/16) WaterWorks waterpark in California will open Cowabunga Beach in 2017, featuring a new wave pool, new cabanas and some kiddie play areas.


Waterworld California (Concord, CA)
Palace Entertainment

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time.


Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe  (Greensboro, NC)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time.


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

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new opened in 2015 either.


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

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time.


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

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new opened in 2015 either.


Wild Rivers Irvine (Irvine, CA)

???? - New Park - Status Unknown -
    (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 - Status Unknown -
    (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)

2016 - Slideboard - (6/10/16) The Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells has opened a new Slideboard attraction, an interactive game on a waterslide. They have converted two of the park's existing slides to use this system in the Klondike Kavern Indoor Waterpark. You now go down on a special slideboard with colored buttons in the handles that you are supposed to push to match the color of the light in the tube as you pass it.
    Also of interest to resort guests is that all registered Wilderness guests will receive free admission into the nearby Tommy Bartlett Show (waterski show) that takes place each evening at 4:30pm and 8:00pm, rain or shine, from now through Labor Day.


Wilderness at the Smokies  (Sevierville, TN)

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

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...


Wild Water Kingdom (Toronto, Canada)

icon_STOPPark News - (8/2/16) Premier Parks LLC has officially acquired the closed Wild Water Kingdom waterpark in the Toronto area. Premier Parks, headed by Kieran Burke, is looking forward to rebuilding the waterpark into a new first class waterpark and will announce their plans in the near future.


2017 - REOPENING AFTER REFURBISHMENT - (5/5/16) Just a heads up, but a reader sent word that Toronto's Wild Water Kingdom waterpark will remain closed for the 2016 season "for major renovations & expansion with new exciting rides and attractions".
    (5/29/15) Toronto’s Wild Water Kingdom waterpark apparently closed down for the 2015 season in order to perform park wide renovations that should see it ready to reopen next year for the 2016 season.


Wildwater Kingdom (Aurora, OH)

icon_STOPPARK CLOSING - (8/22/16) In an announcement that I've been expecting to drop for the last several years, Cedar Fair has confirmed that operations at the Wildwater Kingdom waterpark will come to an end with the conclusion of the 2016 season. The final day will be September 5th.
    Why did I expect this?  Because this marks the driving of the final nail in the coffin of the old Geauga Lake / SeaWorld Ohio amusement complex. The development of the site over the years has been complex, but it started off with two parks (Geauga Lake and SeaWorld) running on opposite sides of the lake for decades... with Geauga Lake's history tracing back to 1887, and SeaWorld arriving in 1970. Geauga Lake soon found itself owned by Six Flags who renamed the park Six Flags Ohio in 2000. By the end of the 2000 season SeaWorld decided to call it quits and sold their park to Six Flags.
    For the 2001 to 2003 seasons the two parks were combined and renamed as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. While Six Flags seem to have a handle of running the smaller Six Flags Ohio park, running the combined mammoth complex seems to be a bit too much for Six Flags who then opted to sell off the entire property to rival Cedar Fair in time to reopen the park complex as Geauga Lake once again in 2004. This was followed by the transformation of the former SeaWorld side into the Wildwater Kingdom park for the 2005 season.... only to see the Geauga Lake side collape and be closed for good at the end of the 2007 season, leaving only the small and underbuilt waterpark still running across the lake for the past decade.
    Things seemed to go wrong for the waterpark almost right out of the gate, as the park was intended to be built up in two phases in 2005 and 2006, but the phase 2 expansion of the waterpark was cut back entirely to just adding a wavepool only in 2006, followed by the closure of Geauga Lake in 2007. While most stand-alone waterparks are forced to add new attractions every 1-3 years to stay competitive, I don't believe Wildwater Kingdom added any new slides at all to the lineup over the past decade. Every year when the park was looked over for new capital, the rumors of it eventually being closed down only grew stronger and stronger.
    One such line of thought actually predicted that the park's eventually closure might happen right about now anyway, after Cedar Fair had 10 years to benefit from the spread out tax deductions (depreciation) from the cost of building the park in 2005 and 2006, with the tax dedications of such spread out over the expected lifetime of the asset's expected lifetime to achieve the maximum tax benefit.
    It's always been sad that the amusement complex just collapsed like that. I managed to get one visit in myself to it as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure in 2003 and we had a fantastic time and there was no sign that the downward spiral that would kill it all would begin the following year. Of course many might trace the original trigger event that started the implosion may have been the sale of SeaWorld Ohio to Six Flags back in late 2000. As part of that deal SeaWorld kept the animals they wanted to keep, and that list included all of the killer whales. So in many eyes it was the departure of Shamu from Ohio that acted as the removal of the linchpin that held the entire amusement complex around the lake together.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time... but the waterpark has been suffering from a decade long dry spell and hasn’t opened a new attraction since the wave pool in 2006. It is LONG overdue for something.


Zoombezi Bay (Columbus, OH)

2016 - SoundSurfer - (4/22/16) I'm told that the longest slide at the Columbus Zoo's Zoombezi Bay waterpark (Tahitian Twister) has now been enhanced and renamed SoundSurfer. The newly renovated raft slide puts up to 5 guests in a raft and now features a full sensory experience of sight and sounds, including 34 color changing LED lights, 5 high impact speakers, a fog machine and a mist-filled splashdown. Guests can customize their experience by choosing one of eight different light and sound options before they start their ride. Look for the waterpark to open on May 21st.




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