|This article is outdated. (October 2013)|
|Type||Privately/Family Owned Company|
|Industry||Amusement park Waterpark operator|
|Headquarters||New Braunfels, Texas|
|Key people||Henry Family|
Schlitterbahn is a family-owned and operated company based in New Braunfels, Texas, USA. Schlitterbahn began its first park, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, in 1979. Since then, Schlitterbahn has developed four waterparks located in Texas and one in Kansas City, Kansas.
Schlitterbahn Waterparks are summer seasonal parks. They typically operate from late April to mid-September. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, which opened in 2006, has one indoor section that has limited operation during fall and winter.
Projects in development
A 4 year long stalled project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has gotten final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to construct a 64 acre water park at the old Fort Lauderdale Stadium. The initial project will use portions of the old stadium to construct a castle-like entrance that will include lodging, dining, and shopping facilities. Other projects include incorporating the neighboring Lockhart Stadium into the plan by expanding the park around that stadium. While no timetable has been set on when construction will begin, the park is predicted to open no later than 2017.
There are plans for a waterpark in Cedar Park, Texas, but plans for the park are currently on hold, although conversations continue. Plans for an aquatic Park have been approved in El Paso, Texas.
Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi
In May 2012, Schlitterbahn announced that it would move forward with plans to begin construction of a new water park in the Corpus Christi-Padre Island area. It was announced that the park would open during the summer of 2013, but due to various delays ground breaking didn't take place until February 2013. A 574-acre plan for the city includes a marina, the Schlitterbahn water park with lodging, and a golf course.
In November 2012, Schlitterbahn, Kansas City, announced plans for the world's tallest and fastest water slide, Verrückt. Designed by Schlitterbahn co-owner, Jeff Henry, Verrückt is a four-person raft slide with an uphill section. The initial drop is a 17-story plunge with a five story uphill section (also the tallest uphill water coaster section in the world). At 168 foot 7 inch, the starting point is taller than Niagara Falls and should reach a maximum speed of 65 mph. It opened on July 10, 2014, after multiple delays.
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- Corpus Christi City Council gives unanimous vote to Schlitterbahn incentives
- Details of proposed $117 million in incentives unveiled in Schlitterbahn bid
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- "All NEW Verrückt". Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
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- "Schlitterbahn:First riders on Verrückt at Schlitterbahn love the ‘rush’ (with video)". The Kansas City Star (The McClatchy Company). July 9, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-10.