Posted Friday, July 27, 2007 11:55 PM | Contributed by sws
The Mall of America today announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Madison-based Great Wolf Resorts to incorporate an indoor waterpark in Mall of America's pending Phase II expansion.
Read more from The Capital Times.
Saturday, July 28, 2007 5:00 PM
Good move for MOA. I hope they get Phase II passed.
Saturday, July 28, 2007 10:47 PM
They can't call it "Waterpark of America" thanks to the hotel across 77 from the mall.
Wonder what they will call it.
Sunday, July 29, 2007 12:42 AM
How about "Waterpark of Mall
of America"? :)
My guess is that it would be called Great Wolf.*** This post was edited by Chitown 7/29/2007 12:43:32 AM ***
Sunday, July 29, 2007 12:00 PM
This announcement did surprise me given there is already a large waterpark very close to MOA. I think it's great to give consumers options, and the competition could be good for keeping prices in check. The Phase II expansion is facing a tough battle given that it requires some tax payer money for infrastructure. It did not get the support it needs in the last session of the state legislature.
Monday, July 30, 2007 9:20 AM
Pawlenty shot down the infrastructure funding for the mall, but it part of an omnibus spending bill. So it's hard to tell if he was opposed to the financing in and of itself, or the other spending tacked to the bill as well..
Here's a Pioneer Press article about it where a WPOA official said he ain't worried. Honestly, he shouldn't be. If Phase II leads to more tourism, there will be more people showing up to book rooms. At worst, they'll only have to drop their rates on a waterpark that's already been paid off.