Indoor Waterpark trend to continue in Williamsburg

Posted Thursday, December 18, 2003 9:24 AM | Contributed by Agent Johnson

Construction on a $50 million resort near Williamsburg will soon begin, according to its developers. The Great Wolf Lodge, expected to be completed in Spring 2005, will have one of the largest indoor water parks in the country. The lodge-themed resort will cater to families, with features that include a huge tree house and about 300 suites.

Read more from The Washington Business Journal.

Thursday, December 18, 2003 9:55 AM
DawgByte II's avatar How many of these "one-of-the largest indoor waterparks in the country" are we going to have? This makes how many? About 10 so far...

...let's see... just off the top of my head, there's the new one going up in Sandusky at Cedar Point, there's the one that's in Erie, PA... and there's also plans for a Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario which is supposed to be "one-of-the largest indoor waterparks in North America".

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Thursday, December 18, 2003 10:03 AM
Let's not forget the other two also in Sandusky that claim to be "One of the World's Largest" ;)

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Thursday, December 18, 2003 10:55 AM
Of course, there are the: Kalahari, Great Wolf, Treasure Island, Raintree, and however many others in Wisconsin Dells.
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 12:17 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar And let's not forget PKI's Boomerang Bay, although they do not claim to be the largest. :-)

I guess next year is the year for waterparks. :-)

-Tina

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Thursday, December 18, 2003 12:27 PM
DawgByte II's avatar Boomerang Bay is also outdoors, girl!
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 1:03 PM
Honestly my reaction to this boom is that it is about time. Being from Wisconsin, I have been fortunate enough to have stayed at these places multiple times and let me tell you they are great. Spending the day at a waterpark when it is below freazing outside is quite an experience, and extremly relaxing.

Bold Prediction: In 20 years every major metropolitan/tourist area in the country will have an indoor waterpark/hotel near by.

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Thursday, December 18, 2003 4:29 PM
Hey, I think you are all forgetting one very important "World's Largest"...The new park going up inside the Motorola compound in Harvard, Illinois-Can't wait for that baby to open up this spring!
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 5:49 PM
I know the indoor water parks are pretty popular in North Central part of the U.S. but this is pretty much the only indoor water park I know about on the East Coast.
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 6:20 PM
V2Fiend, do you have a link with this information? I haven't heard anything about it.
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 8:16 PM
http://www.harvardedc.com/news_read.asp?ID=43 <----There you go, although it's not the official park website-couldn't find that one.
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 10:39 PM
Will this affect Water Country USA at all? Maybe they will have to step in the ring and get an indoor park.
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 11:11 PM
Sylvester, dont worry about Water Country. The WI Dells (which is where this concept was created and now has many of them) is also home to 3 waterparks. People want to spend a day outside when it is warm and sunny outside virsus in a building, the majority of the money these places make is in the off season for Water Country. Besides, with the Rev. Fun Pass and the Busch park tie in Water Country gets enough business as it is.
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Monday, December 22, 2003 9:43 AM
very cool, a new way to get $$$$$$$$$$$$ all year round . I think that it is a really great idea. People get bored in the winter so,, why not make it summer indoors and people love water parks so why not go with it.It stimulates the economy and makes for a great family activity.All the big boys are doing it so bring em on!!!!!
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Saturday, January 3, 2004 12:04 AM
I work for VDOT and I personally reviewed the site plans for this resort to make sure it was in accordance to transportation standards (enough parking, ect.) and I definately DO NOT see this place having any impact on Water Country. This will be a hotel/time share resort. The focus of the resort is not the indoor waterpark, in fact, their plans have been slightly modified and the area of the waterpark has decresed a bit. It looks like it will be cool, but nothing extrordinary.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004 12:04 PM
Is this "Worlds Largest" Indoor waterpark resort thing open yet? I can't seem to find any information about it.
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