Indoor water park

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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.


Some of the first indoor water parks are Tikibad [nl] at Duinrell (The Netherlands, 1984), Nautiland located at Haguenau (France, 1984), the Aqua Mundo at Center Parc De Eemhof located at Zeewolde (The Netherlands, 1980) and Alpamare (Pfäffikon) [de] (Switerland, 1977).[1][2][3][4]

In 1986 an indoor water park was open in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at the West Edmonton Mall.[5][6] It is called the World Waterpark and is over 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2). It was a success for the mall and remains as one of the largest indoor water parks in the world.[citation needed] In 1985 Aqualud [fr] opened in France.[7] Another indoor water park in Europe was built in Blackpool in 1986. It is called the Sandcastle Water Park.[citation needed]

The first indoor water park in the United States known as Great Wolf Lodge was built in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin at the Polynesian Hotel. It was built in 1994 in an effort to make the Dells a year-round tourist destination, rather than just a summer one. Since then, the Great Wolf Lodge brand has expanded, with multiple locations in the U.S. and a single venue in Canada, at Niagara Falls.[citation needed] The DreamWorks Water Park, originally slated to open in late 2019, will be the United States' largest water park upon opening.[8]

The indoor water park craze[edit]

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 Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari (Wisconsin's Largest Indoor Water Park), Chula Vista Resort (Lost Rios), 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.


A view of the Children's Play Area at the now-defunct Water Park of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Most major indoor water parks have:[9][10]

  • Tube Slides
  • Body Slides
  • Speed Slides
  • Children's Play Area with sprayers, tipping buckets, slides, and geysers. A typical example might be "Canada's Wonderland" "Pump House" attraction.
  • 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.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rogier van der Zanden (June 28, 2019). "Tikibad Duinrell breidt uit naar buiten en is daarna nog lang niet af" (in Dutch). Omroep West. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Parcs de loisirs" (pdf). P.C.M. Ponts et Chaussées et Mines (in French). Paris: Association professionnelle des ingénieurs des Ponts et Chaussées et Mines (5): 50. 1986. ISSN 0397-4634. OCLC 473874833. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Tracey Davies (August 15, 2012). "How Centre Parcs opened my eyes". The Independent. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "«Die Freude der Kinder ist die gleiche geblieben»" (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. August 4, 2008. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Throwback thursday: Brampton's Shoppers World was first in Canada to build indoor water slide". Brampton Guardian. May 3, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Taking a deep dive into the history of WEM's waterpark". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 9, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Il n'y pas de projet de vente ou de destruction de l'Aqualud" (in French). La Voix du Nord. August 17, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Pries, Allison (2019-11-21). "DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream mall delays opening". nj. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  9. ^ Richard L. Johnson. "2008 Waterpark Guide". Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  10. ^ Richard L. Johnson. "Indoor Waterpark Resorts Supply and Demand Mid-Year 2009 Update". Retrieved 2011-08-10.