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waterparks and their related resorts.We project 21 municipal and private outdoor waterparks will open and three resorts will add or expand outdoor waterparks. The indoor segment will total 629,200 square feet of ne w waterpark space in 12 properties.


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Three of this year’s most anticipated and expensive new waterparks are all indoor facilities. They include the 225,000-square-foot DreamWorksWaterpark at American DreamMall in Rutherford, New Jersey; the 350-room an 85,000-square-foot indoor


waterpark in Scottsdale, GreatWolf Lodge with


Arizona; and the 324-room Kartrite


Resort with an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark i n Monticello, New York .


9 Waterpark S andings for U.S. and Canada As ofMarch 2019, the United States and Canada had a total of 1,158 waterparks. Thirty-three of those properties opened in 2018.Most of these openings were in the standalone outdoor segment (the most popular waterpark segment), with three new private facilities and 16 new municipal facilities. Eleven openings contributed to the indoor supply, and three resorts opened new outdoor waterparks. The following bullets br eakdown the numbers regionally : • Midwest and South are home to the most waterparks, with 412 and 380, respectively.


20 19W er park S tandings for U .S. and Canada


• The South maintains its lead over theMidwest in total number of outdoor waterparks (297 versus 289), while Canada has the few est at 34 .


• Outdoor waterparks in the South typically have slightly longer operating seasons than those in the Northeast and Midwest due to more favorable weather conditions. • TheMidwest leads the U.S and Canada in indoor waterpark resorts by a large margin with 92.


• TheWest leads in standalone indoor waterparks with 42, primarily due to the large number of municipal indoor aquatic facilities with waterparks in Colorado and Utah. • The South leads in resorts with outdoor waterparks with 47 • Indoor waterparks account for a greater proportion of the Canadian market with 34 indoor resort and standalone facilities. Outdoor waterparks hold only a slight majority at 37.


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The following chart pictured top right shows the breakdown waterpark properties by type :


52 7. “ or the ever-r-growing waterpark industry, y, 2019 will be


another year for robust growth as over $1 billion in investment is slated for indoor and outdoor


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IndoorWaterpark Openings: In 2018, 13 indoor waterpark additions or expansions added 590,400 square feet of indoor waterpark space and 2,612 guestrooms. This represents the largest increase in square footage since 2008 and the largest room addition since 2009. New indoor waterpark square feet at these openings ranged from 10,000 to 111,000, showing the wide range that exists in the breadth and scope for various projects in 2018. The Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Te


Tennessee,


opened the largest new indoor waterpark with its 111,000- square-foot SoundwavesWaterpark. The new GreatWolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia, contributed 93,000 square feet. The increase in resort rooms is largely attributed to the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center with 1,501 rooms. The Epic in Grand Prairie, Texas, is the largest municipal indoor waterpark to open in 2018.


Te OutdoorWaterpark Openings: Nineteen new


standalone outdoor waterparks opened in 2018. Though all meet H&LA’s definition of having at least three waterslides ,


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