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----    THE LATEST WATER PARK NEWS    ----
    (4/16/14) Splish Splash (Long Island) Adding The Battle of Mutiny Bay (MORE...)
    (4/7/14) Splash Adventure Hopes To Reopen Rampage This Year (MORE...)
    (3/27/14) Gillian's Island Water Park Sold To New Owner and Gets New Name (MORE...)
    (3/21/14) Dan Koch Confirms Plan To Reopen Alabama Adventure Ride Park (MORE...)

 

Adventure Island Water Park (Ocean City, NJ)
(Formerly: Gillian’s Island Water Park)

icon_STOPPark News - (3/27/14) The local news reports that Gillian’s Island Water Park has been sold to new owners and is being renamed for 2014 as Adventure Island Water Park. The new name and logo are already up on the park’s website.

 

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.

 

Avalanche Bay (Michigan)

2014 - The Big Couloir - Now Open - (12/10/13) Avalanche Bay, who claims to be Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, has just opened a new SuperLoop waterslide called The Big Couloir.

 

The Beach (Cincinnati, OH)

icon_STOP2014 - Two New Attractions - (2/14/14) Two new attractions are coming to The Beach waterpark in 2014: a two-person Zipline attraction that will feature a 600 ft run over the park’s wave pool and a 400 foot long four-lane mat racer slide. The park will also open a new in-park restaurant and make other various improvements. The article doesn’t go into details, but I wonder if the zipline is really a Soaring Eagle Zipline attraction. Anyone know more?

 

Calypso Park (Ottawa, Canada)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Camelback Waterpark & Lodge - (PA)

2015 - New Waterpark Resort - (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.

 

Camelbeach Waterpark (Tannersville, PA)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Gaylord Rockies Hotel & Convention Center

icon_STOP???? - 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: Mesa, AZ

2014 - Double Dare - (1/27/14) The Golfland Sunsplash waterpark in Mesa, AZ has announced a new slide on their Facebook page called Double Dare coming in Summer 2014. This is likely a copy of the Double Dare attraction they opened at the Golfland Sunplash in California in 2012, which featured a trap-door droppod at the top of a pair of slides that drop vertically down and into a tight helix spin before hitting the splashdown. Note: These are ProSlide SuperLoops, and not AquaLoops as some mistakenly label them.

 

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)

icon_STOP2015 - In Development - (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.
    (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?
    (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 updat

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es 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 - New England (Fitchburg, MA)

Spring 2014 - Under Construction - (9/27/13) Great Wolf Lodge has begun construction on a new waterpark resort in Massachusetts. The new Great Wolf Lodge New England resort will feature 406 guest rooms and a 68,000 sqft indoor waterpark that will include signature attractions like the Howlin’ Tornado slide and Fort MacKenzie water fortress. It will also feature the MagiQuest interactive game, a Scooops Kid Spa, Ten Paw Alley mini bowling as well as the first and only indoor dry play area that will include a ropes course and an indoor mini-golf course. It will be located off Route 2, about 45 minutes from Boston, and they plan on having it ready to open by late Spring 2014.
    (7/22/13) Great Wolf Resorts has received the Fitchburg council’s approval to go ahead with plans to not only purchase the local CoCo Key Water Resort and Convention Center along with the Holiday Inn next door, but to expand and double the size of the waterpark and renovate them all to become a full scale Great Wolf Lodge waterpark complex. The council also sent forth the application for a special 20-year tax incredment financing agreement for consideration. If that passes, they expect to close on the property purchase by late July and begin the 10-month construction project as early as August to allow for the new Great Wolf Lodge resort to open by Spring 2014.

 

Hawaiian Falls  (Texas: Garland, Mansfield, The Colony, Roanoke and Waco)

2014 - New Park in Pflugerville Texas - (8/8/13) Hawaiian Falls is set to build another waterpark in Texas, this time in Pflugerville. The $21.5 million 25 acre project hopes to open in Spring 2014, and the local city council has already approved the project for several financial development grants. It will be built near the intersection of SH 130 and FM 685 and include the Hawaiian Falls Water Park and Adventure Park, with a 15 acre waterpark and 5 acre “Adventure Park”, making it the largest Hawaiian Falls project in Texas to date.

2014 - New Park in White Settlement - (11/19/13) According to this news report Hawaiian Falls will add another new waterpark location to their growing chain… this time in White Settlement in western Tarrant County. They hope to have the park open by Memorial Day weekend 2014. You can see the park layout at the official website.

 

Kalahari Resort (Pocono Mountains, PA)

2015 - NEW RESORT - (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)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Kalahari Resort (Wisconsin Dells)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Nashville Shores  (Nashville, TN)
(Purchased by Kieran Burke / Gary Story in 2010)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2013 either.

 

Noah’s Ark (Wisconson Dells)
Palace Entertainment

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Ocean Breeze (Virginia Beach, VA)
(Purchased by Kieran Burke / Gary Story in 2011)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2013 either.

 

Raging Waters Sacramento (Formerly: Six Flags WaterWorld)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Raging Waters San Dimas (San Dimas, CA)

Park News - (5/13/13) Summer is almost here… and to help things along ThemeParkHD has posted a great collection of waterpark videos shot at my favorite California waterpark… Raging Waters in San Dimas. These aren’t just regular videos… these are POV videos, giving you the whole experience first hand. Check out the collection here.

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Raging Waters San Jose (San Jose, CA)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

The Rapids Waterpark (Florida)
Owned by CNL Lifestyles Properties
Managed by Premier Attractions Management / Rapids Holdings LLC

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2013 either.

 

Sahara Sam’s (West Berlin, NJ)

icon_STOPPark News - (1/16/14) It’s official... DIGGERLAND USA is on the way.
    (1/2/14) A Screamscape source reports that the new ‘park’ that the owners of Sahara Sam’s may be planning will be for Diggerland USA.  Diggerland is a strange “construction” themed mini park concept that seems to have spawned in the UK. You can see a video about one of the UK Diggerland parks here.  This is backed up by a new job posting on the IAAPA job board for a ‘Park Manager’ for Diggerland USA & Sahara Sam’s Oasis.
    (12/31/13) The owners of the Sahara Sam’s Oasis indoor waterpark will hold a press conference on Jan. 14th, 2014 to releases details about “a new theme park, the first of its kind to be constructed in the United States”. Look for the announcement to stream live on YouTube at 12:00pm (EST).
    That said… who’s got an idea what is in the works?  I’m very curious as to what they might build that would be a first in the United States.

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Sandcastle Waterpark (Penn)

2014 - 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.

 

Seven Peaks Duneland (Porter, IN)

Park News - (7/22/13) Good news for waterpark fans in Northern Indiana… I’m told that the former Splash Down Dunes waterpark in Porter, IN (Duneland) has now reopened as a Seven Peaks waterpark after sitting closed for a number of years. Currently the park has 4 body slides, 4 speed slides and 2 tube slides up and running along with a new kiddie area. The wave pool is undergoing repairs and they hope to reopen it before the end of the season. The park’s old lazy river however could not be saved and will be replaced by a new one for next season. 
    From a look at the company website, Seven Peaks currently runs two other waterparks and three FEC’s all in Utah. The group had previously purchased the former Raging Waters waterpark in Salt Lake City, Utah and renamed it as Seven Peaks in early 2011 before reaching out to Indiana this year. If they keep expanding and growing, this may be a company to keep on your radar for the next few years.

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Splashtown (Houston, TX) - Name changed to Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown in 2014.

 

Splash Adventure (Birmingham, AL)
Formerly Visionland (1998-2005) & Alabama Adventure (2006-2011)

icon_STOP2014 - New Owners / New Rides - (4/7/14) Good news, as it looks like the old Rampage wooden coaster could reopen and thrill riders once again before the end of the 2014 season. According to a tweet from Dan Koch, “We are about to start revitalizing Rampage.  12 weeks minimum.  Maybe July 2014 it's operating.”
    (3/21/14) An interview with Dan Koch confirms their plans to eventually turn the Splash Adventure park back into two parks once again: Alabama Adventure and Splash Adventure. Currently they have a five year strategic plan to get both back up and running, bigger and better than they ever were before.
   And those new dry attractions announced, most of them will be added to the old Main Street area, filling up the center of the large pathway that runs between the waterpark adn the closed amusement park section. For this year the focus is on rides that toddler’s will enjoy.
   2014 ticket prices are still being determined, but they will be higher than they were last year, however parking, tubes and sunscreen will be free, and food prices will be lower than last year as a result.
    (3/17/14) In this video interview with Dan Koch about his plans for the Splash Adventure waterpark he mentions that they will reopen the Rampage wooden coaster. It wont be ready in May when the waterpark opens, but they do plan on reopening the wooden coaster which is utterly outstanding good news. With that in mind, it does look as if the plan is to restore the site back to being both an amusement park and water park combo experience.
    (3/14/14) In a bit of surprising news, the local news reports that the “Koch family” has purchased Alabama’s Splash Adventure waterpark… formerly known as VisionLand and Alabama Adventure in years past. While this is good news for the park, the headline is semi-deceiving. The park has been purchased by Dan Koch, and has no connection at all to Holiday World, which would also be considered to be owned by the Koch family.
    I’m not certain if any other members of the Koch family are involved in the deal to purchase the park or not however, through I did hear from an anonymous source that Dan’s sister Natalie may also be involved. According to the article, Dan Koch, who previously was living in Florida and had a law practice, has moved to Alabama and will put the experience of having had his family run a park for decades to use in running Alabama’s Splash Adventure waterpark.
    They have also announced new attractions coming to the park this season: Wacky Worm Coaster, Rio Grande Train, Junior Bumper Boats, Mini Helicopters, Vintage Boats and a new Laser Maze Challenge. Other changes that are sure to be popular this year is a switch to free parking, free sunscreen, free tubes and free in-park WiFi.  (No free soda though…)
    With the purchase of new “rides” for the waterpark, I do have to wonder if they may look into reopening and expanding the former dry side of the park once again in the future. It is also worth noting that the park’s former owners are keeping 150 unused acres next to the park’s property.

 

Splish Splash  (Long Island, NY)

icon_STOP2014 - The Battle of Mutiny Bay - (4/16/14) News Plus Notes reports that Splish Splash (Long Island, NY) will open a new pirate themed splash battle style attraction for 2014 called The Battle of Mutiny Bay.

 

Water Country (New England)

Park News - (11/27/13) There will be a little less natural shade at the Water Country waterpark in New England next season. Due to an insect infestation of “hemlock woolly adelgid” that are killing the parks trees, they have been forced to remove 71 trees from the property in order to stop them, as well as remove the hazardous remains of the already dead trees. Click here to read the entire story.

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Water Wizz (Wareham, MA)

2014 - Thunder Falls / Devil’s Peak  (8/19/13) A reader sent pictures not long ago showing off construction progress taken over the summer at the Water Wizz waterpark in Wareham, MA. The park was working on opening two new slide towers, and according to the park’s Facebook page, they opened one in early August (Thunder Falls) and the other (Devil’s Peak) just opened on Saturday. While this summer is nearly over, I’m sure the park will promote these as new attractions for the 2014 season.

 

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.

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new added in 2013 either.

 

Waterville USA (Gulf Shores, Alabama)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Waterworld California (Concord, CA)
Palace Entertainment

2014_WaterworldCalifornia_BreakPointPlunge_Logoicon_STOP2014 - New Thrill Slide - (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 Palm Springs (Palm Springs, CA)
Formerly: Knott’s Soak City
Owned by CNL Lifestyles Properties
Managed by Premier Parks LLC

2014 - Flow Rider / New Park Name - (12/18/13) CNL has decided to rebrand the former Soak City waterpark in Palm Springs (purchased from Cedar Fair earlier this year) as Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs. The park will also add a new Flow Rider stationary wave attraction for the 2014 season. Click here to see the new official website.

 

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

Park News - (11/23/13) Fresh of just buying the former Knott's soak City waterpark in Palm Springs earlier this year, CNL Lifestyle Properties just signed a deal to purchase the Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix waterpark for $33 million from Village Roadshow. CNL also owns the Wet 'n' Wild park in Hawaii an has signed a deal with "Premier Parks LLC" (I assume with their Premier Attractions Management division) to run both the Phoenix and Hawaii parks for them.
    You can also ignore the nonsense in the link about now owning the North American rights to the “Wet ‘n Wild” brand name... as neither CNL or Premier has the rights. The rights to “Wet ‘n Wild” are currently shared by the last two existing “Wet ‘n Wild” parks in Orlando (owned by Universal) and Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Point in North Carolina (Palace Ent).
    Then there are the fellow “Wet ‘n’ Wild” parks, with the extra accent mark in there. The brand new “Wet ‘n’ Wild” las Vegas park was just built and opened by Village Roadshow a few months ago. Village Roadshow has also run a “Wet ‘n’ Wild” park in Australia’s Gold Coast for many years and will open a new one in Sydney on Dec. 12th. While the brand has clear ownership is Australia, the North American marketplace is far from being locked up by one clear brand owner.

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

 

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

icon_STOP2014 - 3 New Attractions - (1/21/14) According to the press release from Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown, other improvements on the way to the park on the outside will include increased parking capacity, more toll booth lanes, an expanded front gate with new landscaping and a dedicated season pass processing area. A new “circle drive” will also be added to allow for a future planned addition of tram pick-up and drop-offs, as well as a renovated and expanded picnic area.
    On the inside guests will enjoy an expanded entrance plaza with a new colorful Caribbean style atmosphere, wider walking paths, an increase in shaded lounge areas throughout the park, an updated dining area, improved food and beverage options, more cabanas, more restrooms and new tube conveyor lifts to be added to Tornado as well as the new Big Kahuna family raft slide.
    (1/20/14) I thought I had previously reported this, but it seems that the Splashtown waterpark outside Houston will be rebranded as Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown for the 2014 season. As such the park, managed by Premier Parks , LLC, will undergo a multi-million dollar transformation and add three new attractions: a FlowRider stationary surf wave, Big Kahuna (family raft slide) and Wet ‘n’ Wild Jr., a new interactive children’s play area.
    (11/27/13) Houston’s Splashtown waterpark is sending word this week to their 2013 passholders that they will add a multi-millon dollar new attraction for the 2014 season as an incentive to renew. No more details have been released yet, but since they know they will have a little more competition on the way in the near future from the waterpark going into the new Grand Texas project area, I’m sure they are taking prevenative steps now to beef up Splashtown ahead of time.

 

Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe  (Greensboro, NC)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Wild Rivers Irvine (Irvine, CA)

icon_STOP2015 - 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)

icon_STOP2014 - New Additions - (1/27/14) The Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells will open a new 4,000 sqft laser tag arena attraction, able to handle up to 30 players at once, as well as a laser maze, a two-story Go-Kart Trail indoor track with 12 electric cars (Summer) as well as a new swim up bar (May) in the Wild Waterdome and the Klondike Boardwalk opening in the summer as an expansion of the Klondike Kavern with all new food offerings.

 

Wilderness at the Smokies  (Sevierville, TN)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

Wildwater Kingdom (Aurora, OH)

2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new added in 2013 either.

 

Zoombezi Bay (Columbus, OH)

2014 - Baboon Lagoon - (12/24/13) Screamscape has been told that Zoombezi Bay will remove the Barracuda Bay kids area and replace it with a new water play area for 2014 called Baboon Lagoon. Baboon Lagoon is described as a water fortress structure featuring 8 slides, waterfalls, fountains, interactive water features and a 1,000 gallon dump bucket. In addition to this, twelve new cabanas will be added to the park.

 

 

 
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