|Privately/Family Owned Company|
|Industry||Amusement park Waterpark operator|
|Headquarters||New Braunfels, Texas|
Schlitterbahn is a family-owned and operated company based in New Braunfels, Texas. Schlitterbahn began its first park, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, in 1979. 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. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, which opened in 2006, has one indoor section that has limited operation during fall and winter.
New Braunfels, Texas
The first of the parks was in New Braunfels 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.
South Padre Island, Texas
Kansas City, Kansas
Corpus Christi, Texas
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. 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. The opening has been delayed until sometime in the summer of 2015. Schlitterbahn North Padre opened on June 20, 2015 with limited rides and attractions.
Projects in development
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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. 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 was predicted to open no later than 2017.
A lawsuit between Fort Lauderdale and nearby Rapids Water Park has delayed the project. The lawsuit is yet to be settled.
Cedar Park, Texas
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