New park boasts experiences and technology never encountered in the Midwest
Be the first to make history and dive in to a thrilling new collection of water fun when the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., opens for its inaugural season this summer. The first phase of the new Waterpark overflows with 16 signature Schlitterbahn attractions encompassing 24 slides and chutes.
Bahnzai Pipeline – Climb to the top of a 42-foot-tall tower and take an open-air tube ride down a twisted path of water wrath…BAHN-style.
Black Knight – Plunge in a tube down a dark and warped fully-enclosed coiled slide.
Blitz Falls Tube Chute – Take a fast-flow river ride over to all the action at Torrent Beach and Torrent River.
Comal Express – Clutch onto a mat and ride a downhill channel like a champ! The tight turns and tunnels provide an awesome ride to the splash below.
Der Bahn – Dare to enter a claustrophobically-enclosed black tunnel that curves through turn after turn in the dark.
Henry’s Hideout Hot Tub Bar – Unwind in a giant hot tub that incorporates a swim-up refreshment bar and in-water seating that creates the perfect place to take a break from all the action.
Kinderhaven Kids’ Area – Splash and play in an area designed especially for families with smaller children. This shallow water playground includes ten mini-slides and is separated from the rest of the "big kid" activities by being conveniently located in the center of the park surrounded by shaded seating and open-sun lounging areas. Kinderhaven lets both kids and parents have fun together as they explore the Wyandotte Express choo choo train, a friendly frog, a mammoth turtle and a giant fountain.
Kristal Beach – Cool off in the shade along the shore of the Kristal River. This calm beach provides refreshment as riders on the Storm Blaster uphill water coaster fly by overhead.
Kristal River – Relax on an endless, slow-flowing river that provides a restful float on those hot summer days in Kansas.
Loopy Luge – Grab a mat and get ready for the fastest ride this side of the speedway. This open-air slide provides a thrilling ride through turns and short tunnels all the way to the finish line!
Raging River Tube Chute – Ride through an exciting series of rapids and channels.
Storm Blaster – Race uphill on a Master Blaster(TM) water coaster, another signature Schlitterbahn attraction. Storm Blaster combines the up and down thrills of a roller coaster with the unique experience of being propelled upward by jets of water.
Torrent Beach – Challenge the waves on the best beach in Kansas! Whether guests just want to catch some rays, cool off in the surf, or embark on a journey through the canyon of the Torrent River, Torrent Beach is the perfect spot to enjoy a great day.
Torrent Cove – Relax on an island surrounded by the Torrent River and Torrent Beach.
Torrent River – Float the world’s longest tidal wave river which combines a continuous, endless float with ocean-sized waves creating an ever changing experience. Guests enter this attraction without waiting in line! The Torrent River is a signature attraction that can only be experienced at Schlitterbahn.
Wolfpack – Take a tube and surge through an extra-wide pipeline of wild water. This oversized slide provides an experience that is different every time you ride!
Not only do park goers enjoy one-of-a-kind water rides, but they also may experience the Transportainment(TM) River System that combines the concepts of transportation, sport and entertainment to minimize the time guests spend waiting in lines. Throughout most of the park, visitors may stay in the water and float in tubes to the next attraction through a series of interconnected slides, chutes and rivers with floating queue lines that create a virtually Endless Waterslide(TM). Guests receive a greater "play value" by replacing time lost walking and waiting in line with more fun time in the water.
Transportainment technology links several attractions including Blitz Falls, Kristal River, Raging River, Torrent River, Storm Blaster and the Torrent Cove allowing guests to travel from one end of the park to the other without ever leaving the water!
"We are excited to unveil our innovative collection of water rides and attractions as we continue to prepare for our inaugural 2009 season, " explained Michael Catcott, project executive for the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village. "The Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark offers a unique collection of trademark experiences that cannot be found at other waterparks throughout the Midwest. Our new park delivers an entirely new experience to the Kansas City region, and we look forward to entertaining new legions of fans this summer."
Additional 2009 opening schedule and ticketing information will be announced soon. New retail, lodging and other entertainment elements will be introduced during further phases through 2011.
Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Background
The Schlitterbahn Vacation Village is a $750 million year-round, trend-setting, retail entertainment destination comprised of multiple shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment venues connected by a Transportainment(R) River System. In the Vacation Village, manmade rivers carry guests between lodging units, a world-class waterpark, and a Riverwalk with shops, restaurants and other entertainment.
Scheels All Sport Retail Destination
The Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Scheels store will feature 221, 000 square feet of sophisticated specialty shops ranging from technical running gear and the latest fashion sportswear to spectacular hunting and fishing shops. The sport shoe, hiking boot and casual footwear selection is designed to be the largest in Kansas accommodating everyone from toddlers to serious hikers with everything from beach sandals to fashion boots for women. Interactive shopping includes a world-class golf shop, bike shop, ski shop, canoe and kayak shop and fishing shop. The gun and hunting shop boasts the largest selection of guns in Kansas, ranging from everyday shooters to $20, 000 collectible firearms displayed in the Scheels Collectible Gun Room.
Special attractions include a 65-foot operating Ferris wheel, a huge 16, 000-gallon aquarium, a home decor and gift lodge, shooting galleries and laser-shot shooting simulators. Visitors are able to test their golf, soccer, hockey, baseball, football and basketball skills in the sport simulators. There is a walk of US Presidents featuring two fully animated talking figures. No Scheels shopping experience is complete without tasty treats found at the deli and fudge shop which serves gourmet soups and sandwiches, Starbucks coffee and specialty drinks, 24 flavors of homemade fudge and 18 flavors of gelato.
Construction of Scheels begins spring 2009 for a projected spring 2011 opening.
Schlitterbahn Water Resort
The waterpark will be one of the world’s largest tubing parks with miles of interconnected rivers and signature attractions such as the Master Blaster(R) uphill water coaster and Torrent Tidal Wave River. The first phase of the waterpark opens summer 2009.
The Riverwalk with its lush foliage and winding walkways will feature year-round destination shopping, dining and other entertainment. The Guada-Comal River runs through the Riverwalk area and provides a memorable setting for shopping and dining.
The Vacation Village will feature more than 1, 100 lodging accommodations including a unique Treehaus Resort with elevated pods, waterfront cabins, and a full-service hotel – all integrated within waterpark attractions.
The Riverwalk and lodging elements open in future phases.
World-Class Attractions Continued
SkyVenture(TM) Indoor Skydiving
Located in the Riverwalk area of the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, SkyVenture encapsulates the sprit of skydiving with a state-of-the-art controlled flying experience. Completely enclosed in an enormous clear cylinder, guests soar on wall-to-wall airflow created by multiple overhead fans providing the safest and most realistic freefall simulation imaginable.
Additional Project Information
The Kansas project is the first expansion outside of Texas for the popular Schlitterbahn group of waterparks. Widely recognized as the leader of waterpark innovation and as the first family of American waterparks, Schlitterbahn currently operates three Texas waterparks – Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark in South Padre Island, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark in Galveston Island, and the award-winning flagship waterpark at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels.
Family-owned and operated, Schlitterbahn Waterparks has been a leader in family water entertainment since 1979. The parks offer family amenities that include free parking and free inner tubes. Guests are also welcome to bring a family picnic basket, excluding alcohol and glass containers, into the parks.
Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, South Padre Island
The 26-acre park opened in 2001 and features more than a dozen family attractions including the state-of-the-art Transportainment(R) river system. Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark has received the industry’s top awards for design innovation.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, Galveston Island
Ranked the best indoor waterpark in the world! The world’s first convertible, climate-controlled indoor/outdoor waterpark features more than 30 family attractions including three interconnected rivers, two uphill water coasters, and the signature Boogie Bahn surfing ride.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels
The 70-acre park features more than 40 family attractions, miles of tubing adventures and 238 overnight accommodations. Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is the most popular summertime waterpark in the United States and has been rated the World’s number one waterpark by the Travel Channel. It has been the top-attended seasonal waterpark in the United States since 1995, according to industry rankings.
For more information, contact the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village office in Kansas City, Kan., at 913.334.5200 or visit schlitterbahn.com/kc.
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