"Wyandotte County, already home to Kansas’ top tourist destinations, plans to capture another major attraction — a $300 million development that would give the area its largest waterpark resort."
The developers — who have a resort in New Braunfels, a waterpark on South Padre Island and plan to open another park soon on Galveston Island — have been recognized annually in polls and trade publications for having the best waterparks in the nation but have yet to build a resort outside of Texas.
They said that Kansas City, Kan., was an ideal site for a concept they have been working on for years because of strong regional demographics and the proximity to Village West.
“We think that the people who live in the heartland of the United States are our customers,” said Jeff Henry, part owner in the family-operated business and Schlitterbahn’s director of development. “We think the next place for a resort is in the middle of this country.”
Henry and Unified Government officials said they expect to sign a development agreement by the end of this year and hope to begin construction in the next 12 months.
Henry said that Schlitterbahn had yet to draft detailed plans for the Kansas City, Kan., resort but stressed that it would include its trademarked “Transportainment” river system, which would ferry visitors to and from various features in the waterpark.
The body of water that comprises the river walk would connect to the waterpark and a marine park featuring saltwater lagoons for snorkeling, diving and touch pools.
The tree houses that would include guest rooms would be a first for a Schlitterbahn resort, Henry said, and would be built in artificial trees.
Henry also said the company had already purchased some of the land required for the project. Other parcels are in negotiations, Hays said. The mayor added that the Unified Government would not need to use eminent domain powers to acquire the land.
Also doing some look-seeing we find some concept art on the Schlitterbahn site for the resort.
Looks and sounds tasty doesn't it... So anyone still wondering if OOF is going to be adding anything the next few years to bulk up its ride collection? ;)
If this thing gets built, I may seriously consider trying to go to work for them in some capacity. I'll sell food, I don't care. The concept art looks amazing.
For those not familiar with Kansas City layout, this Schlitterbahn resort is on the west side of the city while WOF/OOF is on the northeast side. OOF will probably have no problems retaining guests and season pass holders on it's side of the city, but they are in big trouble with out-of-towners willing to drive the 30miles west to Schlitterbahn.
I would not be suprised if vacationers spend weekends with one day at WOF and one day at Schlitterbahn instead of OOF. So that gives OOF 3 years to pull something out of their A**'s to make people stay!
I would love to see some competition to occur here, as long as it doesn't cause a demise of either group.
How close is this thing to Olathe?
Let's see, what rides could WoF want after Patriot AND the spinny-coaster...maybe CF *was* aware this might be happening, looks like your past couple of years have included nice new expenditures on really GOOD fun rides....and you didn't get an SLC or one of those Zamperla flyers to go with your Boomerang, LOL... :)
Schlitterbahn shoulda started these "other Schlitterbahns" about ten years ago before the theme parks started investing so heavily in theirs...not that they'll have trouble...competing... ;)
I love Schilitterbahn here in New Brunfuels... heck, I love the city. Anyways, seems neat that Shlitterbahn, which is family owned, it reaching out, and expanding.
That is one long lazy river! *** Edited 9/17/2005 5:36:42 AM UTC by Keith2005***
I always like the idea of going to a waterpark, but usually only stay a few hours because of the lines. I spend a lot more time standing half-way up a set of stairs than I do in the water. (And, for some reason, I find waterpark lines much more annoying than "ride park" lines, I'm not sure why...) I think the "trainsportainment" system would be the perfect solution for me.
I doubt if I'd make a special trip to KC for this resort, but I'd certainly consider adding on a few extra days to a business trip!
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