New hotel, indoor water park at PKI gets zoning approval

Posted Tuesday, January 11, 2005 11:00 PM | Contributed by Dane186

Mason City Council approved the rezoning of the campground at Paramount's Kings Island for a new hotel, indoor water park and conference center, meaning construction could start this summer.

Read more from The Cincinnati Enquirer (scroll down).

Link: Kings Island Central

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 11:09 PM
Do these indoor water parks really bring in that much?
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 1:11 AM
Here's hoping that along with this great expansion (will this be 2006's new offering like Castaway Bay?), They move and re-vamp the campground (away from the road), since that was where it was rumored to go.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 7:56 AM
Is Ohio officially the indoor waterpark capital of the world now? ;)
*** This post was edited by matt. 1/12/2005 8:16:17 AM ***
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 10:13 AM
I think it has to be, matt..
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 10:38 AM
Now that is just crazy talk.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 12:08 PM
Guess there is no camping this year.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 12:15 PM
Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark Resort in Erie, PA is a great place to visit in the cold winter months, for some much needed 86 degree weather fun :)

Indoor waterparks seem to be getting more popular in the cold parts of the country, where sometimes the cold weather lingers for 7 months at a time.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 1:29 PM
Now, if these places would just build indoor amusement parks for the winter months, then we'd be talking significant news. OR, for the best of both worlds and some real creativity, use rides in the water parks. Could you imagine riding, lets say, a scrambler, that had guysers undernieth it? Something so simple could turn out to be really fun, and they could use cheap rides to accomplish it. Or a wave swinger that while in mid cycle, dipped into strategically placed fountains. Hmmm, if I ever win the lottery..... :)
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 3:27 PM
you would spend your money on a wave swinger that sprays you with fountains? That sounds like a good idea.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 4:29 PM
Wisconsin has like 150 indoor waterparks, I just read somewhere.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 5:10 PM
With what they charge, i can't see how they do that much business. Everytime i went by great bear, 2 yrs ago, it was fairly empty.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 6:13 PM
Never been to one before, but will this weekend. Were staying up at the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, (they're no longer called Great Bear). Our original plans were to go to Castaway Bay, but as of 3-4 days ago they were sold out this entire holiday weekend. So Neuski, I know it's CP's, and I know it's new, but if this weekend is any indication, the answer would be YES, they do bring that much in!

Our gameplan now is to enjoy Great Wolf, and during some free time we have, swing over to Castaway Bay and look around at where we could've been if we were a little quicker.

Lastly, I don't know how much Holiday Inn is getting into it, but at least in Indianapolis, they've even built an indoor waterpark for their guests. Of course, it's nothing like Castaway Bay, but it looks like something.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 10:27 PM
I took 9 of us to Splash Lagoon over the Christmas holiday (my Christmas gift for everyone), and had a great time once again. Originally we were going to Castaway Bay, but the way school was out for the kids, CB's wasn't as cost effective for 9 of us, plus considering that at CB there is no more than 4 people allowed in standard rooms, whereas at SL, I paid for the 9th person for a small extra fee ($19.95 extra 2-day admission, and $10 for an extra rollaway bed)

The difference I notice between Splash Lagoon and Castaway Bay is SL is much larger and more slides, but Castaway Bay has the watercoaster and the wave pool, although from photos I've seen posted, the wave pool appears to be the size of the family hot tub of Splash Lagoon.

Maybe next time we'll goto CB, but I'm just happy to have indoor waterparks in close driving range, and I wish we had something like these when I was growing up.

*** This post was edited by midwave 1/13/2005 11:15:49 AM ***

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Thursday, January 13, 2005 11:17 AM
>>Lastly, I don't know how much Holiday Inn is getting into it, but at least in Indianapolis, they've even built an indoor waterpark for their guests. Of course, it's nothing like Castaway Bay, but it looks like something.<<

Actually, Holiday Inn somewhat pioneered the idea of an indoor "waterpark" with their "Holidome" concept in the 70s/80s. Granted, this was nothing close to the indoor water attractions being built today (pretty much just a pool, kiddy pool, and a whirl pool), but the basic idea was still the same--drive occupancy to the hotel using a "tropical" get-away as the lure.

I'm not sure how many Holiday Inns still have Holidomes. I know that Kemmons Wilson (HI's founder) liked the idea so much that he incorporated the idea into his next hotel chain (Wilson World Hotels).

Joel

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Friday, January 14, 2005 10:00 PM
Yeah, I was disapointed with CB's wave pool, however the coaster and slides were awesome! I've seen bigger slides, but those slides sure are unique.
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