Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

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Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park logo.jpg
Location Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates 43°36′55″N 89°47′22″W / 43.615145°N 89.789382°W / 43.615145; -89.789382Coordinates: 43°36′55″N 89°47′22″W / 43.615145°N 89.789382°W / 43.615145; -89.789382
Opened 2004
Previous names Big Chief's Karts and Coasters, Family Land, Bay Of Dreams, Treasure Island Resort, Pleasant View Motel, Copa Cabana (names of former properties merged)
Operating season

May through October (Outdoor Water & Theme Park)

Year-Round (Indoor Water & Theme Park)
Rides
Total 53 (7 coasters, 37 waterslides, and 9 go kart tracks)
Website Mt. Olympus Website

Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park is a theme park and water park complex in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Mt. Olympus consists of four areas of the park: Zeus' Playground (outdoor theme park), Neptune's Water Kingdom (outdoor waterpark), The Parthenon (indoor theme park), and Medusa's indoor water park. In 2010 and 2011, the park purchased several smaller nearby independent motels and hotels and renamed them, painting them blue and white to fit the Greek theme for the main hotel.[1] Many other area hotels and motels offer free or reduced-priced tickets.

History[edit]

Park entrance

Early history[edit]

Mt. Olympus was started by the Laskaris family.

Demetrios “Jim” Laskaris (Nick’s father) was born in Katsarou, Greece and immigrated to the US when he was 13 years old. He received a technical degree in Michigan, served four years in the US Navy and then owned and operated several restaurants in Chicago. He then moved to Wisconsin Dells where he made his home and a name for himself and his family. Laskaris and his wife Fotoula started by opening a fast food restaurant in 1970 and named it “Big Chief” after a statue he purchased at a trade show. After opening the restaurant, they started a three wheeler dirt track. He then got into the motel industry by building a 7 unit motel. In 1975 “Goofy Karts”, Laskaris’ first go-kart track opened on Wisconsin Dells Parkway. The track was operated for 5 years. Nick Laskaris, the family’s 9 year old son at the time, was the chief mechanic. Between 1978 & 1982, Jim and Fotoula’s family business ventures continued with opening a campground, trailer court, Indian Ceremonial, and a country western show on the County A property.

When the lease ran out in 1980 Jim Laskaris abandoned the “Goofy Karts” go-kart track and built a new cloverleaf track next to the Big Chief hot dog stand on the property that the family owned. It was also at this location that Nick Laskaris started constructing his own go-karts a few years later. Along the way Nick Laskaris became involved in the design and engineering of the multi-level tracks which, at the time, were the only ones in the world. The two developed the elevated go-kart tracks, which have now become a standard for tracks all over the world. In 1990 the family purchased several acres along the Wisconsin Dells "Strip" and continued their expansion of Big Chief Go Kart World. In 1995 the company changed its name to Big Chief Karts & Coasters, Nick Laskaris built the first roller coaster in the Wisconsin Dells - The Cyclops. In 1996 the Pegasus roller coaster was built. In 1999 Big Chief Karts & Coasters acquired King Ludwig's Adventure Park and adjacent go-kart park for a total of 107 acres on the "Strip".

2004 merger[edit]

In 2004, Big Chief Karts and Coasters owner Nick Laskaris decided, with the addition of roller coasters, to change the park's name to Big Chief's Mt. Olympus Theme Park and use a Greco-Roman theme. Later that year, Mt. Olympus merged with Monte Mattei's Treasure Island Waterpark Resort (consisting of Treasure Island's Family Land Waterpark & Bay of Dreams Indoor Waterpark) to create an indoor/outdoor water and theme park which they named Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park. To accomplish the physical connection between these two separated attractions, they bought the Playday Motel and demolished it so that they could create a pathway from the resort to the amusement park.

March 2007 acquisition[edit]

On March 15, 2007, the Laskaris Family purchased the Treasure Island Resort, the Captain ’s Quarters, Pleasant View Motel, The Bay of Dreams Indoor Waterpark and the former Family Land Outdoor Waterpark properties. With the acquisition from the Mattei family, Mt. Olympus added 60 acres (240,000 m2) of real estate to Mt. Olympus, bringing the total area to over 156 acres (0.6 km2). This includes over 1½ miles of frontage on the Wisconsin Dells Parkway (Hwy 12/23). The Captain's Quarters, one of the resort buildings featuring family-sized suites, was eventually sold to Bluegreen Resorts and now operates at Bluegreen Odyssey Dells.

2011 lodging property acquisitions[edit]

In addition to the Hotel Rome (formerly Treasure Island Resort) and Mykonos Village (formerly Pleasant View Motel), the resort complex acquired adjacent hotels and created seven different lodging areas. The family purchased the Raintree Resort & Conference Center (renamed to Mykonos Resort),[2] the Star Motel properties (renamed to Poseidon's Village),[3] Luna Inn & Suites (renamed to Poseidon's Village),[4] the Riverwalk Hotel (renamed to Santorini Village),[5] American World Resort & Campground (renamed to Zeus's Village)[5] and the Four Seasons Motel (renamed to Poseidon's Village).[4]

The Raintree Resort and Conference Center was the first hotel built by Todd Nelson, who currently owns the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

2012 additions and lodging property acquisitions[edit]

On November 26th 2011 Mt. Olympus Resorts purchased The Copa Cabana Resort Hotel & Suite and began renovations on the property renaming it to Mt. Olympus Village with plans of reopening it in the spring of 2012.[1] In December of 2011 Mt. Olympus Resorts announced the creation of a new attraction for 2012 called "Lost City of Atlantis". This three acre attraction featured seven new slides, a monster dump bucket, and a 120' geyser. The cost of this addition was $3.5 million.[6]

Additions timeline[edit]

  • 2013: Hades wooden roller coaster renovated with the addition of a barrel roll inversion and a new Timberliner train. The ride is also renamed Hades 360
  • 2012: Addition of Lost City of Atlantis water play structure and addition of Mt. Olympus Village
  • 2011: Addition of Poseidon's Village, addition of Zeus's Village, addition of Mykonos Resort, addition of Santorini Village
  • 2010: Addition of Catapult Extreme Ride, addition of Poseidon's Beach
  • 2009: Addition of The Almighty Hermes Sky coaster, and the addition of Night at the Theme Park
  • 2008: Addition of The River Troy
  • 2007: Addition of Poseidon's Rage Surf Pool, addition of Apollo's Swing, addition of Medusa's Indoor Waterpark, addition of Neptune's outdoor water park, addition of Hotel Rome, and addition of Mykonos Village
  • 2006: Addition of The Parthenon Indoor Theme Park and Thunder and Lightning Speed Slides
  • 2005: Addition of Hades wooden roller coaster and addition of Triton's Water slide Tower
  • 2000: Addition of Kiddie Land
  • 1997: Addition of Zeus wooden roller coaster and addition of The Trojan Horse go-kart track
  • 1996: Addition of Pegasus wooden roller coaster
  • 1995: Addition of Cyclops wooden roller coaster

Zeus' Playground[edit]

Zeus' Playground is the outdoor theme park section at Mt. Olympus. It consists of go-karts, roller coasters, and a few other rides.

Roller coasters[edit]

Hades Rollercoaster at Mt. Olympus, which has the world's longest underground tunnel.[citation needed] Since this picture was taken, this section of the ride has been modified with a barrel roll and overbanked turn.
  • Hades 360 - A wooden roller coaster with a 65-degree drop, the world’s longest underground tunnel[citation needed] and reaching speeds up to 70 mph (110 km/h).[citation needed] It has a drop height of 134 ft (40 m) and contains a section of underground track which is banked to a 90° angle.[7] For 2013, the park added a 360 degree inverted roll on the second hill, a 110 degree overbanked turn, and added new Timberliner trains from The Gravity Group. [8][unreliable source?]
  • Pegasus - A wooden roller coaster built over Medusa's Drop. It covers 1,600 feet (490 m) of track, reaches heights of 60 feet (18 m) and has a 45-foot (13.7 m) drop.
  • Cyclops - A wooden roller coaster featuring a 75-foot (22.9 m) drop. The highest point is 70 feet (21 m) above the ground and intertwines with Zeus and Hades.
  • Zeus - A 2,700-foot (823.0 m) long wooden roller coaster. It passes through a forest, climbs a 90-foot (27 m) hill, then falls at 60 mph (100 km/h) down an 85-foot (25.9 m) drop.
  • Little Titans - A small junior roller coaster.

Go-Kart tracks[edit]

The Trojan Horse go-kart track
  • Titan's Tower
  • Poseidon Go-Kart Track - The track goes up and down towers.
  • Hermes' Turbo Track - The fastest track at the park.
  • Trojan Horse - The ride used to consist of a multi-level, three story track and right through the belly of the horse. (that part of the track is now closed off) This track rages down 35 feet (10.7 m) around tight turns and back to the top again.
  • Helios Track - This multi-level track go up and around and back down again.

Other rides[edit]

  • Batting Cages - 25 cent coin operated
  • Apollo's Swing - The 100-foot (30 m) tall Apollo’s Swing is a prototype Screamin' Swing that seats four passengers, allowing it to achieve 75 mph (121 km/h).
  • The Almighty Hermes- A swing that carries riders up into the air over the Poseidons Rage Wave Pool 100 feet above ground, and up to 45 miles per hour.

Neptune's Water Kingdom[edit]

Neptune's Water Kingdom is the outdoor waterpark section.

Waterslides[edit]

Triton entrance
Triton waterslides
  • Blue Magnum Mat Slides - Mat slides (formerly four body slides named individually, "Wipeout", "The Kamikaze", "Corkscrew", and "Twister")
  • Thunder - Speed slide
  • Lightning - Enclosed speed slide
  • Triton's Fury - 340-foot (104 m) family raft ride
  • Triton's Rage - 550-foot (168 m) family raft ride
  • Triton's Challenge - Side-by-side, 350-foot (107 m) six-lane downhill mat racer
  • Double Barrel - Enclosed tube slide
  • Double Trouble - Tube slide
  • Deuces Wild - Tube slide
  • Demon's Drop - A body slide featuring an 85-foot (25.9 m) drop
  • Dragon's Tail - A 300-foot (90 m) long double drop
  • Comet - Children's slide
  • Little Dipper - Children's slide

Other rides[edit]

Poseidon's Rage surf pool
  • Poseidon's Rage - One of the world's largest surf pools featuring the world's third tallest surf wave at over 9 feet (2.7 m), after Wadi Adventure in Al Ain (UAE) which has barrelling surf waves up to 9.8 ft (3M) and Siam Park's Wave Palace, in Tenerife, Spain, which can produce 10.8 ft (3.3m) surf wave by Murphys Waves Ltd in Scotland.
  • Tidal Wave - The original wave pool at the park
  • The River Troy - A faster lazy river connected to a shallow pool
  • Huck's Lagoon - An interactive children's water play area featuring tunnels, six waterslides, cannons, and multi-level hands-on water activities
  • Bumper Boats

The Parthenon[edit]

The Parthenon

The Parthenon is the Dells' first indoor theme park. The columns are made out of styrofoam.

Rides[edit]

  • Opa - A spinning Wild Mouse roller coaster ( now closed and removed due to severe brain trauma/coma of a tourist who was thrown from the ride because of poor maintenance and non adherence to updated maintenance recommendations from manufacturer. )
  • Go-Karts
  • Bumper Cars
  • Spring Ride
  • Tea Cups
  • Crazy Trolley
  • Alien Ball Pit
  • The Parthenon Arcade

Medusa's Indoor Waterpark[edit]

The side of the indoor waterpark building

Medusa's Indoor Waterpark is the 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2) indoor waterpark at Mt. Olympus. This was originally part of the Treasure Island and Family Land project. Family Land, originally a separate waterpark, was open to non-hotel guests. Bay of dreams which is now Medusa's Indoor Waterpark was exclusively for Treasure Island guests only.

Waterslides[edit]

  • Anaconda - Tube slide that is over 10 stories high
  • Boa - Basic Tube slide
  • Cobra - Enclosed body slide
  • Diamondback - Body slide
  • Hispaniola Bay - A children's area with a 35-foot (10.7 m) long pirate ship complete with tattered sails, tunnels, five water slides, waterspouts, and many geysers

Other rides[edit]

  • Warriors Water Walk - Simple pool area (Previously a net walk area and a basketball pool)
  • Mayan Raging River - Lazy river
  • Jaguar Hot Tub
  • Sacred Well Whirlpool

Night at the Theme Park[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Mt. Olympus began Night at the Theme Park, where selectrf rides (Hades, Poesidon's Rage, Zeus, Trojan Horse Go Kart Track, Poseidon's Underwater Go Kart Track, and the Kiddie Land Rides) would be open from 10pm to 1am for four nights weekly. People who would attend would receive free soda and parking. Nick Laskaris got the idea when he took his children to go see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian at the local cinema.[9] The village of Lake Delton did not approve the event, because it was in violation of its amusement ordinance in which businesses have to close around midnight, and their 11pm curfew law. Village trustees were worried about someone crossing the busy Wisconsin Dells Parkway at night and getting hit by a car.[10] The village of Lake Delton subsequently made some changes to the amusement ordinance, with a variance for businesses if they requested, including Mt. Olympus. The village board had these changes on hold.[11][12]

Lodging[edit]

Mount Olympus offers six lodging options. All options include free admission to the park every day of one's stay:

  • Hotel Rome (formerly Treasure Island): Hotel Rome is the park's signature hotel. It features Greco-Roman themed decor through the resort including rooms. Hotel Rome is located on-site with the park and connected via skywalk to the indoor waterpark.
  • Mykonos Village and Camp Resort (formerly Pleasant View Motel): This is the park's mid-range, motel style hotel. The hotel features themed rooms and basic decor. Camping options include a basic campsite or Treehouse (raised cabin). This hotel is located next to the park, within walking distance.
  • Mykonos Resort and Conference Center (formerly Raintree Resort and Conference Center)
  • Poseidon's Village (formerly 4 Seasons Motel)
  • Zeus' Village and Camp Resort (formerly American World RV Resort)
  • Santorini Village (formerly " Riverwalk Hotel" and River's Edge Hotel)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Laskaris buys Copa Cabana : Wisconsin Dells Events
  2. ^ Laskaris buys Raintree : Wisconsin Dells Events
  3. ^ Laskaris buys Star motels, buffet on Strip : Wisconsin Dells Events
  4. ^ a b Laskaris buys 2 motels : Wisconsin Dells Events
  5. ^ a b Laskarises buy Riverwalk, American World : Wisconsin Dells Events
  6. ^ Mt. Olympus to re-create Lost City of Atlantis : Wisconsin Dells Events
  7. ^ Hades - Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park - Roller Coasters
  8. ^ http://www.facebook.com/notes/mount-olympus-water-theme-park/mt-olympus-resorts-press-release-hades-360-summer-2013/463854223660627
  9. ^ 7/15/2009 Park asks for late nights
  10. ^ 7/29/2009 Mt. Olympus continues night openings
  11. ^ 8/1/2009 Lake Delton changes rules on closing time
  12. ^ 8/12/2009 Ordinance Changes Discussed
  • 2006 Wisconsin Dells Travel and Attraction Guide
  • 2007 Wisconsin Dells Travel and Attraction Guide (Ad-Lit)
  • 2007 Wis. Dells Vacation Magazine (Wis. Dells VCB)

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