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Park News
Schlitterbahn Vacation Village
Preparations for new waterpark
The first phase of the
at advanced stage
waterpark is scheduled to
open this summer with more
than a dozen state-of-the-art
There may have been plenty of icy weather to endure throughout the winter attractions including the
months, but the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City is starting to take shape, world’s largest tidal wave
and at the time of writing over 90% of site work was complete. river, a Master Blaster water
A number of team members have been appointed, including general manager coaster, a hot tub with swim-
Keith Fontenot (pictured), who has worked for Schlitterbahn Waterparks since up bar, several mammoth
1994. An International Lifeguard Training Program instructor, he serves on the Ellis tubing rivers and chutes,
& Associates Advisory Board and IAAPA waterpark giant water slides, an
committee. interactive area for smaller
Work progresses on the Tidal-Wave River
Project manager Katherine Fontenot directs the children and more.
(seen here in December)
construction process and overall resort development. Truckloads of equipment have already arrived on site, including the three 50ft
She and has worked for the Schlitterbahn pump screws that circulate water through the immense interconnected river system
Development Group for three years. Marketing that runs throughout the complex. The signature Torrent Tidal-Wave River is now
Director Christopher Ozimek joins the Schlitterbahn 70% complete and will be the world’s longest at more than 1,600ft. Preparation
team after 12 seasons with Cedar Fair and is also work for the Kinderhaven children’s water activity area and the Henry’s Hideout
president of the Greater Kansas City Attractions hot tub with swim-up bar is also in progress.
Association. Meanwhile architectural design co- Meanwhile two giant ferryboats are on site and ready to be refurbished and
Keith Fontenot will act as ordinator Mark Stuart has a bachelor of architecture retrofitted with clean natural gas engines, demonstrating Schlitterbahn’s commitment
general manager of the degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master to green practices. New retail, lodging and other entertainment elements will be
new facility of architecture degree from Texas Tech University. introduced during additional phases through until 2011.
Ghost Town In The Sky
Sesame Place introduces
files for bankruptcy
water playground
Ghost Town in the Sky, Maggie Valley, North Carolina, has filed for bankruptcy
The Countdown is on at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, as the
protection. The park’s owners say finding the money to run an attraction that
park gets ready to unveil its new waterplay attraction based around the
was dormant for five years before they bought it in 2006 has proved tricky.
popular character Count Von Count. Count’s Splash Castle will be the
“The economic uncertainty, coupled with the banking and credit crisis that
largest attraction in the park’s 29-year history and opens next month. From
has engulfed the nation, has made obtaining a lender very difficult,” states
SCS Interactive, this multi-level interactive play structure will span over
Steve Shiver, Ghost Town president and CEO.
38,000 sq ft and features
It is hoped the park will appeal to a broader audience once The Cliffhanger
over 90 play elements
rollercoaster is open. By completing the Incline Railway, Ghost Town will also
including a 1,000 gallon
save a significant amount of money on bus transportation and will should
tipping bucket, multiple
attract more school groups who, in the 2007 and 2008 season, had to be
water slides, valves, levers,
bussed to the top of the mountain where the theme park stands.
water curtains, bridges,
hydro blasters, bubbler jets,
bongos, hose jets water
New water ride for Six
wheels and more.
The season starts at
Flags Great America
Sesame Place on May 2.
A mutiny is brewing at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois, as work
continues on Buccaneer Battle, the park’s new interactive water ride slated
Dr Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror
to open May 15. The pirate-themed attraction, by Mack Rides,
Sister waterparks Splish Splash in Riverhead, New York, and Wet ’n’ Wild Emerald
incorporates music, lighting, theming and special effects and sits in the
Pointe in Greensboro, North Carolina, will both debut an attraction this season
County Fair section of the park next to the
called Dr Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror! Both properties are part of the Palace
Farmers’ Market.
Entertainments/Parques Reunidos group.
Ten ships, each with room for eight crew
Based around a TantrumTWIST from ProSlide Technologies,
members, follow a 450ft channel. As the ships
the slides twist and turn as up to two riders at a time spin
navigate the waters, passengers
freely on tubes while descending four stories in total
armed with powerful soaker guns
darkness, accelerating them toward a giant funnel.
take aim at each other and targets
The bottom then drops put and riders are
along the way. Some targets
driven skyward into the upper hemisphere of the
respond while others display a
enclosed mini Tornado flume. Surprises await at
variety of special effects.
every turn.
12 APRIL 2009
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