Noah's Ark Water Park

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Noah's Ark Water Park
Slogan "America's Largest Waterpark"
Location Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates 43°36′13″N 89°47′11″W / 43.603578°N 89.786282°W / 43.603578; -89.786282Coordinates: 43°36′13″N 89°47′11″W / 43.603578°N 89.786282°W / 43.603578; -89.786282
Owner Palace Entertainment
Opened 1979
Operating season May through September[1]
Area 70 acres (280,000 m2)
Pools 2 pools
Water slides 47 (currently) water slides
Website noahsarkwaterpark.com

Noah's Ark (officially Noah's Ark Family Park Inc.) is the largest water park in the United States. It features 51 water slides, and dozens of various attractions. The park is located in the city of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

History[edit]

In 1979, the Waterman family purchased 205 feet (62 m) of frontage property on U.S. Highway 12 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and created a bumper boat ride and built a go-kart track.[2] The park opened as "Noah's Incredible Adventure" (which became the name of a future Noah's Ark attraction in 2003).[3] In 1994, the Gantz family of Dubuque, Iowa, purchased Noah's Ark and added the "OctoExplorer", a yellow submarine with moving periscope, water guns and soft-surfaced waterslides.[4] In 2003, Noah's Ark Waterpark celebrated 25 years of operation. In 2012, the park was purchased by Palace Entertainment.[5] While under ownership of Palace Entertainment, five attractions have been closed and two have been added. Other changes include fencing the park's perimeter, removing of per-use lockers, and instituting a fee for parking.

Rides[edit]

The park uses over 2 million gallons of water on its rides. Its lifeguards earned the Platinum Award from Jeff Ellis and Associates Inc. (2006), the highest waterpark safety rating possible.[6]

Waterslides[edit]

  • Slidewinders (1985) – 5 twisting bodyslides
  • The Bermuda Triangle (1988) – Three tube slides
  • Bahama Falls (1989) – Three tube slides that empty into Adventure River
  • Congo Bongo (1991) – Family raft ride
  • Kowabunga (1993) – Family raft speed slides
  • Black Thunder (1995) – Two-person or single tube slides in the dark
  • Dark Voyage (1997) – Family raft ride in the dark
  • Point Of No Return (2001) – 10-story-tall speedslide that take riders three to five seconds to descend. However, one of the slides was taken down and replaced with Scorpion's Tail.
  • Sting Ray (2002) – Two large halfpipes
  • Black Anaconda (2005) – America's longest watercoaster.
  • Time Warp (2006) – The world's largest bowl ride.
  • Scorpion's Tail (2010) – America's first upside-down looping body slide that drops riders down a drop from a trap door in a capsule into an almost inverted loop.
  • Quadzilla (2012) – Four braided head-first slides.

Wave pools[edit]

  • The Wave (1987) – Wave pool
  • Big Kahuna (1989) – Large wave pool, once the largest wave pool in Wisconsin Dells, now eclipsed by Mt. Olympus's Surf Pool

Lazy Rivers[edit]

  • Endless River (1985) – Simple Lazy. River
  • Adventure River (1989) – Lazy River

Other Attractions[edit]

  • Bumper Boats (1979)–First Attraction Built At Noah's Ark
  • Paradise Lagoon (1984) – An activity pool featuring slides and zip-lines
  • OctoExplorer (1994) – Children's play area
  • Flash Flood (1999) – Hopkins Rides Shoot the Chute. One 20-passenger boat that descends a 50-foot (15 m) drop into a large pool; includes bridge observation area which gets hit by the subsequent wall of water.
  • Noah's 4-D Dive-In Theater (2007) – Midwest's Largest 4-D Theater featuring the movie Pirates 4-D[7] and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 4-D Summer 2014 [8]
  • Tadpole Bay Kiddie Kingdom (2008) – Children's play area featuring Noah's Ark theme, 4 kiddie waterslides, over 50 water features, and an 800 gallon bucket dump.[9]
  • Curse of the Crypt (2009) 'A haunting new adventure (Motion Ride)' [10]
  • Surfing Safari (2013) FlowRider stationary surf attraction.

Former attractions[edit]

  • Jungle Rapids (1980) Tube mat slides. (The parks oldest water attraction) Mostly closed as of the 2012 season. Two of the four of the highest slides remained open for the 2012 season but for the 2013 the entire complex was demolished, replaced by Surfing Safari.
  • Miniature Golf (1980)–18 holes. Taken out in 2012.
  • Thunder Rapids (1982) – Three interweaving hillside concrete waterslides that were later replaced by Black Anaconda.
  • Tank Tag (1989) – a game where participants shoot tennis balls at targets for points from stationary guns, and mobile tanks. Later taken down and replaced with the Sting Ray.[11]
  • Noah's Incredible Adventure (2003) – A high-capacity, dry amusement ride which involved a large "Mystery Swing" and special visual effects to recreate a journey on Noah's famous ark. It was replaced by Curse of the Crypt in the same building in 2009.[11]
  • SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D (2007) – featured at Noah's Dive-In Theater from 2007 to 2011. Was replaced with Pirates 4-D.
  • The Plunge (1984) – two belly-down, face first racing mat slides. Replaced by Quadzilla in 2012.
  • Go Gator Kiddie roller coaster. Closed in 2012
  • Curse of the Crypt (2009) Closed in 2012. Still standing but does not appear on park maps. (Visitors at the park may recall a sign located near the ride stating 'Closed For Renovations')


Also of note, the iconic ark structure at the front of the park was destroyed by an electrical fire in 2012. Originally a ticket office, the ark was being used as a museum/storage facility at the time of the fire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.noahsarkwaterpark.com/park-info/hours-2/
  2. ^ 1979. Noah's Ark opens with just bumper boats and go kart
  3. ^ 2003. Noah's Ark Waterpark 25 years
  4. ^ 1994. Gantz family purchase Noah’s Ark
  5. ^ Wisconsin Business (2 March 2012). "Noah's Ark waterpark sold to California investment company". Pierce County Herald. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Lifeguards earned the Platinum Award from Jeff Ellis and Associates Inc.[1]
  7. ^ Noah's Ark's Newest Ride Makes Waves In 4-D Theatre May 2007 [2] July 7, 2007
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ What's New in 2008
  10. ^ http://www.noahsarkwaterpark.com/attractions/curse-of-the-crypt/
  11. ^ a b Noah's Ark Timeline

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