Indoor water parks prove amazing draw in winter months

Posted Friday, December 27, 2002 3:53 AM | Contributed by supermandl

As Kalahari Resort at Wisconsin Dells opens an expansion that makes it the biggest indoor waterpark in the US, developers from that region continue to expand and consider other markets, including Sandusky, Ohio, and the Smoky Mountains.

Read more from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Friday, December 27, 2002 4:07 AM

Great draw, but isn't Great Bear Lodge an indoor waterpark located down the road from Cedar Point?

I like the idea though. I would love to have one near me.

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Friday, December 27, 2002 4:46 AM

Yeah, but the article stated there were 15 or so indoor waterparks in the Dells and all were doing well. It was the hotels without the waterparks that were in jeopardy.

I know there is already discussion in Sandusky for another "Great Bear" type project and I think they are looking at the land next to the Harley Davidson store on Cleveland Rd.

I wonder if Cedar Fair is going to put their foot in the door with a similar project. The run waterparks and hotels. It seems only natural.

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Friday, December 27, 2002 5:20 AM
We are planning to visit the dells later this month, for the second time in a couple of years.... It is always a great winter getaway. The indoor waterparks are always over 80 degrees - very comfortable. The kids, ages 3,6 & 7, just can't wait!

The best part is, if you are a wise shopper, there are several waterparks and they all run promos at different times. You can get a large resort stay featuring lots of fun things to do for the price of a hotel only (around a hundred bucks a night). Each resort offers a slightly different experience. We are planning to stay at "The Wilderness" this year which is a great resort according to others.

When I was researching for our stay I also found a very interesting article about a water based ride that claimed it used "the same principal as a roller coaster." It's a new ride and just opened days ago. It's my understanding you sit in a inflatable unit with a pouch in the bottom and the water carries you up the slide utilizing high water pressure blasting into the pouch. Or something like that. Try this link: http://www.kalahariresort.com/whatsnew/

This indoor waterpark concept will definitely catch on in the colder climates. Just like the Great Bear Lodge in Sandusky, just look to see several more of them in the area, and more than likely in other markets too.

Happy holidays!!

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Friday, December 27, 2002 6:16 AM
Yeah these hotel/indoor waterpark combos will spread like wildfire in the next few years. They will expand to all markets not just tourist areas for example a tiny town of about 40,000 named Dubuque, Iowa just got an indoor waterpark/hotel combo.

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Friday, December 27, 2002 7:46 AM
A retractable dome over CP's Soak City might be nice. There's a waterpark in Japan that's got one of those thingies and I hear it's pretty nice.

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Friday, December 27, 2002 8:51 AM
Hard Rider, that's NBGS's Master Blaster waterslide, which first appeared in their Schilitterbahn waterpark in Texas. You zcan find more information on it here:
http://www.zebec.com/prod02.htm
http://www.nbgsintl.com/products_services.htm


I'm not sure the new area of the Kalahari park is open yet. It didn't appear finished and open when I drove by earlier this week; if it's not open yet, it should open soon. I'm hoping to get up there sometime next month to try it out. Their current park is great, and I'm excited for the Master Blaster.

-Nate

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Friday, December 27, 2002 9:30 AM
I've stayed at the Kalahari and saw the article and found it very interesting. While the indoor waterpark at the Kalahari was great when I went, we only stayed one night and that was plenty. How many times can you possibly go down 4 waterslides? The resort was also $250 a night and had a total of 5 television channels and no included breakfast in the morning. I think the trend is cool, but has yet to be affordable for your average American family.

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Friday, December 27, 2002 3:42 PM
Actually just got back from Great Wolf Lodge, and it would definitely be a welcome addition to the chicago area. And I do believe that the Kalahari expansion opened this past week, although after seeing both hotels/water parks, I liked the fact that the water park at Great Wolf was visible without having to eat at their restaurant.

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Friday, December 27, 2002 7:16 PM
I stayed at Great Wolf Lodge last year in the Dells in November for my company's initial software launch party and we had a blast. I think I had more fun there than I had at any outdoor water park. My favorites at Great Wolf are the giant bucket of water that cascades all over the one end of the park every few minutes and the water slide that actually travels outside the building (enclosed but still cold). I still remember our operations manager trying to talk one of the slide attendant into letting him take his alcoholic beverage with him on the slide. Ah... good times :)

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Saturday, December 28, 2002 8:27 AM
Anyone know how much a "public one day admission" is?

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Sunday, December 29, 2002 7:56 PM
Hey Bob, Kalahari has an enclosed slide that goes outside too, such a simple thing but SO COOL! I don't know what it was about that but I thought that was awesome!

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Monday, December 30, 2002 6:57 AM
Well, here's another nearby gem (much like Cyclops) that I didn't pay much attention to. Then again, the Kalahari expansion didn't open until a few days ago.

Three words: INDOOR MASTER BLASTER. I don't think I can make those letters large enough.

-'Playa

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Monday, December 30, 2002 10:46 PM
We've been talking about this subject for some time over at sfwoa.coasterbuzz.com , yet no one seems to care, nor does CP nor SFWoA really listen to the public. Hopefully something like this will change their minds!
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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 6:27 AM
No, what you're talking about is 25 times sillier (enclosing the park in a 'dome'). If you read the linked article above, you'd realize that these resort hotels alone can cost $50 million to build. I'm sure SFWOA would rather build 2 MFs, 5 Morgan hypercoasters or 3 B&Ms with the same money...but the attendance hardly justifies that kind of expenditure. But an enclosure? Not only would it cost too much, it would turn off every fan of summer sun and fresh air. Really.

-'Playa

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