Indoor water park
An indoor water park is a type of water park that is located inside a building. An indoor water park has the ability to stay open year-round, as it is not affected by weather conditions.
The first ever indoor water park was built in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1985 at the West Edmonton Mall. It is called the World Waterpark and is over 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) making it the world's largest indoor waterpark. It was a success for the mall. The first indoor water park in Europe was built in Blackpool in 1986. It is called the Sandcastle Water Park (Blackpool). The first indoor water park in the U.S. was built in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin at the Polynesian Hotel. They built it in 1994 so it could make the Dells a "year round destination", as the Wisconsin Dells tourist season was from Memorial Day to Labor Day before it was built.
The indoor water park craze
Since the opening of the first park, the indoor water park business has become increasingly popular, especially for the Edmonton area in Canada, and in the Wisconsin Dells in the U.S., which proclaims itself as the "water park capital of the world". The Dells has five Water park Resorts that have at least one water park bigger than 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m2). This includes the Kalahari Resort (Wisconsin's Largest Indoor Water Park), Chula Vista Resort (Lost Rios), Great Wolf Lodge, Wilderness Territory (Wild West, Klondike Kavern, Wild WaterDome), and the Hotel Rome at Mt. Olympus. Wisconsin has the most indoor water parks in one state. Other states in the U.S., especially in the midwest, are building more indoor water parks separate or to existing hotels so they can become a year-round destination. More water parks are also being built in Canada, Europe and Asia. Tropical Islands Resort (Krausnick-Groß Wasserburg, Germany) with an area of 66,000 m² (710,000 sq feet) is currently the largest indoor water park in the world.
- 2-3+ Tube Slides
- 2-3+ Body Slides
- 1+ Speed Slides
- Children's Play Area with sprayers, tipping buckets, slides, and geysers. A typical example might be "Canada's Wonderland" "Pump House" attraction.
- 1+ Family Rides (Ride that can occupy over 3 guests)
- Lazy River or Torrent River
- Wave Pool
- Water Coaster (Master Blaster)
- Other Attractions (FlowRider, Mat Racing Slides, Tornado Vortex Ride, Pro Bowl/Behehmoth Bowl, etc.)
North American indoor water parks
Top 30 largest indoor water parks in North America
(As of 8/09)
4. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario (125,000 sq ft)
11. Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park at the Pocono Mountains in Scotrun, Pennsylvania (78,000 sq ft)
17. KeyLime Cove's Indoor Water Park in Gurnee, Illinois (65,000 sq ft)
21. Wild Bear Falls Indoor Water Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (60,000 sq ft)
27. Medusa's Indoor Waterpark at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells (55,000 sq ft)
28. CoCo Key Water Resort at The Hotel ML in Mount Laurel, New Jersey (55,000 sq ft)
29. Caribbean Cove Indoor Waterpark in Indianapolis, Indiana (50,000 sq ft)
Large water parks under construction
- Grand Cambrian Resort in Wisconsin Dells (Opening date not set - 50,000 sq ft)
- Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, California (opening TBD)
- Great Wolf Lodge in Tarentum, Pennsylvania (opening late 2011)
- Kalahari Resort in Pocono Mountain, PA (Opening early 2015 - 200,000 sq ft)
- Las Vegas Wet in Las Vegas, Nevada (opening 2012 - size TBD, but will be North America's largest indoor waterpark when completed)
- Wedge Adventure Resorts in Wisconsin Dells (Opening not set yet - size TBD)
Former indoor water parks
- Transvaal Park in Moscow, Russia (Had its concrete roof collapse in 2004)
- Ocean Dome in Miyazaki City, Japan (322,752 sq ft & it was the World's Largest Water Park with a retractable roof. It closed in 2007.)
- Bay of Dreams Indoor Water Park in Wisconsin Dells (Was once part of the old Family Land/Treasure Island Complex, but was bought by Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park and became Medusa's Indoor Water Park. The water park is now changed its treasure theming to Greek to match with the rest of Mt. Olympus. It was recently repainted from green to tan.updated 6/25/10.
- Croydon Water Palace Located in Croydon, England on purley way colonnades site. Opened in 1990 but was closed in 1996 because of continuous financial difficulties and poor health and safety leading to several accidents.
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