Schlitterbahn

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Schlitterbahn
Privately/Family Owned Company
Industry Amusement park Waterpark operator
Founded 1979
Headquarters New Braunfels, Texas
Area served
Texas
Kansas
Key people
Henry Family
Website http://www.schlitterbahn.com

Schlitterbahn is a family-owned and operated company based in New Braunfels, Texas. Schlitterbahn began its first park, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, in 1979.[1] Since then, Schlitterbahn has developed three waterparks located in Texas and one in Kansas City, Kansas.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks are summer seasonal water parks. They typically operate from late April to mid-September.[2] Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, which opened in 2006, has one indoor section that has limited operation during fall and winter.

Current Parks[edit]

New Braunfels, TX[edit]

The first of the parks was in New Braunfels, TX and opened in 1979. The park was named "slippery road" in German because of the local area's German heritage. It originally consisted of four waterslides. As of 2014, the park had won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for 15 years straight. The park currently employs 2000 seasonal workers.[3]

South Padre Island, TX[edit]

The park in South Padre opened in 2001.[4] An indoor section opened in 2012.[5]

Galveston, TX[edit]

The 26-acre Schlitterbahn park in Galveston opened in 2006, and is open for part of every month of the year.[6]

Kansas City, KS[edit]

The first phase of the park in Kansas City opened in July 2009.[7] The park opens each year in May.[8]

Verrückt[edit]

In November 2012, Schlitterbahn, Kansas City, announced plans for the world's tallest and fastest water slide, Verrückt.[9] Designed by Schlitterbahn co-owner, Jeff Henry, Verrückt is a three-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,[10] the starting point is taller than Niagara Falls[11] and should reach a maximum speed of 65 mph. It opened on July 10, 2014, after multiple delays.[12]

Projects in development[edit]

Fort Lauderdale, FL[edit]

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.[13] 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. South Florida families are urging for the project to become a reality, but while no timetable has been set on when construction will begin, the park is predicted to open no later than 2017.

Cedar Park, TX[edit]

There are plans for a waterpark in Cedar Park, Texas,[14] but plans for the park are currently on hold, although conversations continue.[15]

Corpus Christi, TX[edit]

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.[16] 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.[17] Vendors complained, and even sued, Schlitterbahn over $500,000 in unpaid bills on the Corpus Christi project. After several months, Schlitterbahn paid the vendors and threw them a party.[18] The opening has been delayed until sometime in the summer of 2015.[2] Schlitterbahn North Padre opened on June 20, 2015 with limited rides and attractions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loose, Cindy (July 4, 2004). "Water park fans say Texas' Schlitterbahn is the slippiest, drippiest of them all. We had to take the plunge". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ a b "New luxury cabanas, food coming to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Galveston". San Antonio Express-News. 
  3. ^ "The New Braunfels park has been recognized as the World’s Best... Photo-5979449.81353 - Houston Chronicle". Houston Chronicle. 
  4. ^ "35 fun facts about Schlitterbahn on its 35th anniversary". Houston Chronicle. 
  5. ^ "In winter, the Texas coast is a bargain". dallasnews.com. 
  6. ^ "16 fun facts about Schlitterbahn Galveston". Houston Chronicle. 
  7. ^ "Schlitterbahn water park opens". Kansas City Business Journal. 
  8. ^ "A deluge of options as KC-area water parks open this weekend". kansascity. 
  9. ^ "World’s tallest water coaster coming to Schlitterbahn Kansas City". Amusement Today. November 20, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "All NEW Verrückt". Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  11. ^ "World's Tallest Waterside graphic". Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ Barszewski, Larry. "Planned South Florida water park making a splash". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  14. ^ "Schlitterbahn Waterparks: Leading the Industry with Expansion and Innovation". http://tapmag.com/. Tourist Attractions and Parks. January 26, 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  15. ^ "Official: Schlitterbahn hopeful for future water park in Cedar Park - Community Impact Newspaper". Community Impact Newspaper. 
  16. ^ Jessica Savage. "Corpus Christi City Council gives unanimous vote to Schlitterbahn incentives". CCCT. 
  17. ^ Jessica Savage. "Details of proposed $117 million in incentives unveiled in Schlitterbahn bid". CCCT. 
  18. ^ Andrew Ellison (12 March 2015). "KRISTV.com - Continuous News Coverage - Corpus Christi - 6 Investigates follow up: Schlitterbahn pays vendors, throws the". kristv.com. 

Coordinates: 29°42′48″N 98°07′30″W / 29.71336°N 98.12505°W / 29.71336; -98.12505