I did searches here at CB to see if anything came up about Kalahari coming to Sandusky, and nothing came up, but an article from '02 about waterparks in general. Did anybody know about this, or am I the only person again?
The website says it's "indoor" waterpark will be 80,000 sq. feet, (Castaway Bay's is 38,000), and the outdoor park is 125,000. This thing is going to be immense! Plus 596 rooms! It's located on Milan Rd./Rt. 250 just past Rt. 2
If there has been something about this in the past, I appologize...but it was news to me!
As far as being old news, it's not that old as some posts. I read a post from a while back that announced Big Cheif changeing it's name and stuff to Mt. Olypmus Theme Park. The post was about 1 year to late. WOW! *** Edited 1/21/2005 12:42:12 AM UTC by cyber_demon***
...Christmas Holiday 2005....Kalahari OR Splash Lagoon :)
I may have to squeeze an indoor park into some part of 2005...They seem like all the rage now (yay).
Can the Sandusky market truly support 1104 rooms? They seem to be counting on the "if you build it they will come" business model. To me it seems that a majority of the rooms will be left unoccupied for a majority of the year.
But then again I could be proved wrong.
Plus, let's not forget how much of the white stuff is on the ground. There may be a lot of people wanting a pseudo-tropical escape to a water park.
As for the summer, CP is a huge draw, and if you're (like me) not interested in the extra charge Soak City, it might be worth a couple bucks to get the waterpark in my hotel. I imagine families will like this.. drive/shuttle to the amusement park one day, and then the next stay at "home" and do the waterpark instead of having to venture out and get lobster-red sunburn.
it might be worth a couple bucks to get the waterpark in my hotel
These hotels are much more expensive than one without an indoor waterpark. A visit to a waterpark of that size is only $15-$20. Castaway Bay charges between $200-$362 per night + tax and gratuities. Subtraction will help to to figure out how much you are paying for the hotel room.
I do not believe that these properties will do all that well after they all get built unless they compete with each other by lowering their prices a little. When you add in all of the pre-existing high end properties, how many $200-$400 hotel rooms can sandusky sustain?
These new hotels look very nice, by the way.
For the economical guests, true, it's not a good value, but from the standpoint of the we're-on-vacation family, I think it makes sense. Especially in the winter.
There is room in Sandusky for these "three", but anybody else who would think about building there should think twice. In Sandusky, to me, three is good, four would be overkill!
This just came to me, but to compete with Kalahari on the indoor/outdoor waterpark idea, do you think CP might think about working out a pass for Castaway Bay visitors to get admission to Soak City for free? Just a thought.
Aren't all 3 of those owned by separate companies?
They are. Cedar Fair, everyone knows. Great Wolf Resorts actually went public last month -- and their next three announced resorts will be much larger than the original Dells location or the one in Sandusky.
Kalahari isn't public as far as I know but it's following in Wolf's exact footsteps (Dells first, Sandusky second).
Only with in the last 5 years (maybe even two) have we really seen this update start to happen. The outlet mall went shooting down, the Sandusky Mall was really starting to come crashing down according to some people who work at Bath and Body Works and Claire's in there. Anywhow, not they built, The Great Bear/Wolf Lodge, Best Buy, (and quite a few other things now.) The place REALLY needs something to do in the Winter Time to keep that area running. Because as most know the place use to be a desert in the Winter...for obvious reasons. There are quite a few establishments that could now GREATLY bennefeit off of all the indoor waterparks and people up there now...and going to be up there. I'm assuming with in the next 15 years will see the place start to thrive again...and I might actually be saying let's go up to Sandusky in the Winter for a weekend of fun.
Some things I would think that would help out immensely are some NICE dinner shows (wouldn't happen until they are guaranteed all year around business probably.) Or maybe an indoor ski/sled riding park! Sandusky is way to flat for people to ski or sled riding...and Heck, Japan loves their's ;)
...that's a kind of food the Chinese eat, which is basically another name for squid.
(something I got tricked into eating)
...if we have Kalahari as a name of a hotel/waterpark now... I wonder if someone will soon be naming a ride or hotel "escargot" or "caviar" sometimes in the future.
...gives ya something to ponder about! :)
You must be logged in to post