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----    THE LATEST WATER PARK NEWS    ----
    (5/4/17) Wild Rivers Approved For Negotiations to Build New Park At Long Last (MORE...)
    (5/2/17) Waterpark Updates for Wet 'n' Wild Toronto and Nashville Shores
    (4/28/17) Six Flags Taking Control of WaterWorld California Once Again (MORE...)
    (4/20/17) Wet 'n' Wild Toronto - New Pictures (MORE..)
    (4/10/17) Wet 'n' Wild - New Attraction Updates For Splashtown, Phoenix and Toronto

 

 

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)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2016 either.

 

Calypso Park (Ottawa, Canada)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016 either.

 

Camelback Waterpark & Lodge - (PA)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2016 either.

 

Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota

2017 - Rebranded Resort - (1/23/17) The Water Park of America resort attraction (and attached Radisson Hotel) located not too far away from the famous Mall of America in Minnestoa is reported to be in the final phases of a sale that would see it rebranded as a Great Wolf Lodge resort. Once the deal is complete they will perform some light rethemeing to give it the Great Wolf Lodge look as well as an expansion that will see new attractions like a ropes course, rock wall, bowling alley and more added. If they are able to stick to the timeline, the transformation and additions will be complete by November 2017.

 

Great Wolf Lodge Georgia

2018 - New Resort - (1/25/17) A new Great Wolf Lodge is coming to Georgia after all... just not in Peachtree City. Following the complaints it seems the city held a public vote with went against the Great Wolf Lodge proposal. This has all worked out to the benefit of LaGrange, GA, a short drive south down I-85 from there, about an hour's drive away from Atlanta. A brand new Great Wolf Lodge Resort will soon begin construction in LaGrange (off exit 13) with a planned opening date of 2018. The new Lodge has already been confirmed with an official webpage on the company site as well which you can see here along with a brief animation video showing off the planned look of the new resort.

 

Great Wolf Lodge Illinois 

2018 - Rebranded Resort - (2/10/17) According to the local news a deal is now in place for Great Wolf Lodge to take over the Key Lime Cove indoor waterpark resort in Gurnee, IL and transform it into a new Great Wolf Lodge location. According to estimates, Great Wolf will end up paying the city $150,000 more per year in hotel/resort taxes than it currently gets from Key Lime, and to help things along the board will enter a tax-sharing agreement with Great Wolf.
    If the deal is finalized Key Lime will likely close this spring to allow for Great Wolf to renovate the resort and waterpark over the next year in order to open the rebranded resort in Spring 2018.

 

H2OBX (Outer Banks, North Carolina)

2017 - New Park - (11/11/16) BlooLoop has posted a quick article showing off the groundbreaking for the new H2OBX waterpark in North Carolina that will open in 2017. According to the report the $46 million waterpark will feature over 30 slides and attractions when it opens including a Flowrider, Adventure River, a Twin Tides waterpool and more. The park is co-owned by Ken Ellis (President & CEO of Aquatic Design Group) along with the owner of the popular Camelback Resort in the Poconos (Ski Resort, Lodge, Indoor and Outdoor waterparks and an Adventure Park)
    (10/27/16) A new waterpark will open in North Carolina's Outer Banks in 2017 called H2OBX in lower Currituck County, about 3 miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge. According to the local news construction has already started on the park that will feature "more than 30 waterslides, pools and attractions" on an 80-acre site.

 

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

2017 - Waterpark Expansion - (3/9/17) While we have no pictures, I'm told that the Kalahari Poconos resort opened their latest addition to the public yesterday afternoon around 3pm, which now makes it the largest indoor waterpark in North America. We hope to see pictures of the addition soon.
    (12/5/16) The Kalahari waterpark resort in the Poconos is set to open a huge 'Phase 2' expansion in Spring 2017 that will establish an entire new wing for the resort that will feature hundreds of new rooms and a major expansion to the waterpark that will make the Poconos resort the new record holder for American's Largest Indoor Waterpark, taking the title away from their sister park, Kalahari Ohio.
    New slides will include the Screaming Hyena, a near vertical drop that starts off with a plunge down from a drop pod. Also new will be the Sahara Sidewinders (enclosed looping slide), Cora Cove (kiddie play area), The Smoke That Thunders (sounds like a Tornado / funnel slide), Victoria Falls (family raft slide), Kenya Korkscrew, Cheetah Race (Mat Racer), Elephants Truck (tube slide) and Zig Zag Zebra. Other new improvements will include a swim up bar, indoor and outdoor spa, a wave pool, expansion to the lazy river into Phase 2, two new restaurants and more.
    (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.
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Kalahari Resort (Sandusky, Ohio)

2017 - 5 New Slides - (10/14/16) Kalahari's Ohio resort has announced that they will be adding a new slide tower with five various new and different slides in the Summer of 2017. The new slide tower will go into the outdoor waterpark section and feature a Tornado 45, a SuperLoop, FlyingSaucer, Dual Tornado 24 and a TurboTwister.

 

Kalahari Resort (Round Rock, TX)

???? - 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)

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2017 - The Smoke that Thunders - (2/1/17) A major new waterslide is being added to the Kalahari Resort at Wisconsin Dells. They are calling it "The Smoke that Thunders", a unique hybrid creation that mixes the thrills of a Behemoth Bowl and Tornado Wave slide experiences together into one great looking new attraction. Look for it to open Memorial Day 2017.

 

Magic Waters (Rockford, IL)

2017 - Screaming Lizard - (2/18/17) Magic Waters has named their new upcoming AquaLoop slide coming to the park for the season as the "Screaming Lizard". A reader went by the park yesterday and noticed a crane on site unloading objects from the back of a truck, which are likely the supports and slide pieces, so vertical construction should begin soon, if it hasn't already.
    On a side note, I'm told that the park has also updated their policy on brining in outside food and containers, and you can find the new current policy posted here.

???? - Boomerango - Planned - (6/16/16) According to a report from the local news, after the MasterBlaster slide was removed from the Magic Waters waterpark the District approved a new AquaLoop slide to replace it in 2017. However, 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 placed right next to the Aqualoop.

 

Myrtle Waves  (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2017 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2016 either.

 

Nashville Shores (Tennessee)

icon_STOP2017 - Bear Footin’ Bay - (5/2/17) Nashville Shores is said to be opening a kiddie water fortress / play structure this summer to be called Bear Footin' Bay.

 

Noah’s Ark (Wisconson Dells)
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2017 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2015 or 2016 either.

 

Ocean Breeze (Virginia)

2017 - 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)

2017 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2015 or 2016 either.

 

Raging Waters San Dimas (San Dimas, CA)

2017 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2016 either.

 

Raging Waters San Jose (San Jose, CA)

2017 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2015 or 2016 either.

 

Raging Waves (Yorkville, Illinois)

2017 - New Attraction - Screamscape sources tell us that the Raging Waves waterpark will soon announce something new to offer for the 2017 season. More information on exactly what it is as soon as we find out.

 

Rapids Water Park (West Palm Beach, FL)

2017 - Nothing known at this time...

 

Sahara Sam’s (New Jersey)

2017 - Nothing known at this time...

 

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)

2017 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2015 or 2016 either.

 

Water World Colorado (Denver, Colorado)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time... but nothing new was added in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016

 

WaterWorks Park (Redding, CA)

2017 - 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)
Operated By Six Flags for EPR Properties

icon_STOPPark News - (4/28/17) Ok, I admit I'm a bit surprised by this announcement myself, but according to the press release Six Flags signed a deal with EPR Properties to take over as the operator of Waterworld California in Corcord, CA. The interesting thing is that long ago Six Flags used to own this very same waterpark before a previous management regime sold it off along with a slew of other smaller parks (Elitch Gardens, Darien Lake, Frontier City, etc...) as they tried to save themselves from bankruptcy.
    So with great fanfare, Six Flags is welcoming Waterworld back into the Six Flags family... sorta... since the park is still technically owned by EPR Properties, but they move will officially make Waterworld, the biggest waterpark in Northern California, a "Six Flags" park once again in name when it opens for the season on May 13th.

2017 - Nothing New is known at this time...

 

Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe  (Greensboro, NC)

2017 - Nothing known at this time... nothing added in 2016 either.

 

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

2017 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2015 or 2016 either.

 

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

icon_STOP2017 - Bear Footin' Bay - (4/10/17) I'm told that Wet 'n Wild Phoenix will add Bear Footin' Bay in May, a new kiddie pool and play structure attraction area. If I had to guess, this will probably be similar to the same named attraction going into Wet 'n Wild Toronto this year as well.

 

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

icon_STOP2017 - Alien Chaser - (4/10/17) Wet 'n Wild Splashtown near Houston, TX will add a new slide this year called Alien Chaser. Based on the preview video, this will be a ProSlide Flying Saucer slide.

 

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

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icon_STOP2017 - Grand Reopening - (5/2/17) A reader sent in some new pictures of Wet 'n' Wild Toronto they took this week. (A quick note: they say they not trespass, but too pictures from the "western front" where there are no construction fences or walls at the moment. Lots of work left to finish however from the look of things.
    I'm also told that the park will not reopen the older Summit speed slides (White Lighting and The Cliff) and have now removed them from the park's website and map. From what I'm told, upon closer inspection the slides were determined to be not in the best of shape, and they opted to remove them rather than try to repair them. The tower remains in place for other slides that are staying, and will likely be used for something new in the future.
    (4/20/17) A few new pictures of the soon to open Wet 'n' Wild Toronto have been posted to the JForces Facebook page.
    (4/10/17) Wet 'n Wild Toronto is ready to reopen at last, featuring several new slides, as well as several renamed attractions. A basic rundown has been posted on the official website but a reader has also sent in a good rundown to let you know what is brand new and what is an existing attraction that has simply been given a new name.
Hurricane ~ old Nightrider tube slide.
Polar Pipeline ~ old Midnight Express tube slide
Tropical Twister ~ old Abyss tube slide
Caribbean Chaos ~NEW for 2017~ the  previously announced TORNADOWAVE slide was renamed and leaves the Krazy Kanuck raft slide as an individual name.
Bermuda Triangle ~ old open body slides known as Corkscrew, Little Twister, and Sidewinder.
Cannonball Falls ~ old Devil’s Drop body slides, ending 1 meter above the pool.
The Summit ~ old speed slides known as White Lightning and The Cliff.
Kraken ~ old enclosed body slides known as Cyclone.
Jetstream ~ old 4 lane zip-line starting from atop The Summit. Added in 2012.

    (3/13/17) According to one of our readers, the name of the new Cannonbowl slide coming to Wet 'n' Wild Toronto will be Hurricane, and the old Nightrider slide next door will be renamed as Typhoon.
    (2/20/17) New details about Wet 'n' Wild Toronto were sent in this week, with the names and locations for a number of new slides.
    Krazy Kanuck - 2 raft slides: one has back to back twists and turns, and the other has a huge curved wall that will leave riders in zero-G hang time.This tornadowave will actually be the first of it’s kind in Canada. From Proslide. On the former site of the mini golf.
    On Canada - 2 Skybox water slides that form a 360 degree helix around the Klondike Express racer,. Said to be similar to the Muskoka Plunge at Canada's Wonderland.
    Klondike Express - 4 Lane Mat Racer
    Bear Footin' Bay - Splash Fortress with 5 small slides and the large tipping bucket on top.
    Wet 'n' Wild Jr - Kiddie Splash Pad play area with four junior sized slides. Look for this to go near Krazy Kanuck, also on the former mini golf site.
    Unnamed Cannonbowl - A new Cannonbowl slide is said to be going in next to the Nightrider tube slide.
    A reader put labels on the new park map showing off the locations of the new attractions along with the old ones that are staying. So far everything except the Cannonbowl attraction has been mentioned by the park on their website, though it is clearly visible on the new park map on the website starting and ending next to Nightrider.
    (12/15/16) The former Wild Water Kingdom waterpark in Toronto will officially become Wet 'n' Wild Toronto and reopen this summer after a $25 million investment. New attractions will include The Krazy Kanuck family raft slide, a large tree-house kids play structure, Wet 'n' Wild Junior mini-waterpark for small children, a bowl slide, free fall speed slides and  the Klondike Express mat racer.
    (11/28/16) According to a reader the Wild Water Kingdom waterpark in Ontario, Canada that has been closed for the past two seasons for renovations, now has new sizeable green, red and yellow waterslide pieces on site. The park was purchased by Premier Parks, LLC over the summer, so things are looking good for it to reopen in 2017. If anyone happens to venture nearby, see if you can get a picture of the new slide pieces.
    (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.
    (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.

 

Wild Rivers (Irvine, CA)

icon_STOP???? - New Park - Proposed - (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.

 

Wilderness Resort (Wisconsin Dells)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Wilderness at the Smokies  (Sevierville, TN)

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

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added in 2016 either.

 

Wildwater Kingdom (Aurora, OH)

PARK 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.

 

Zoombezi Bay (Columbus, OH)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

 

 
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