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News & Rumors




    (1/23/17) Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota Coming In 2017 (MORE...)
    (1/12/17) Raging Waves Expecting Announcement For Something New Soon (MORE...)
    (12/15/16) Wet 'n' Wild Toronto Opening in 2017 (MORE...)
    (12/5/16) Kalahari Poconos Opening Major Expansion in 2017 (MORE...)
    (11/28/16) Canada's Wild Water Kingdom Waterpark Preparing To Reopen (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)

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

icon_STOP2017 - (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 - 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.


H2OBX (Outer Banks, North Carolina)

icon_STOP2017 - 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

icon_STOP2017 - Waterpark Expansion - (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.


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)

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


Magic Waters (Rockford, IL)

2017/2018 - 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)

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


Nashville Shores (Tennessee)

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


Noah’s Ark (Wisconson Dells)
Palace Entertainment

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


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)

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)

icon_STOP2017 - 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)

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

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


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 CNL Lifestyles 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 CNL Lifestyles Properties
Managed by Premier Parks LLC

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


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

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


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

icon_STOP2017 - Grand Reopening - (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.


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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