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Schlitterbahn Announces Construction Tour and First World-Class Waterpark Attraction!


The 40-acre, year-round Schlitterbahn Water Resort, located in the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, announces the first of many world-class attractions … the Torrent Tidal Wave River. This massive momentum river is powered by a monstrous 25, 000 gallon, 20-foot-wide, tidal wave that races through more than 1, 620 feet of waterway making it the longest attraction of its kind in the world!

"We are pleased to announce our first family-thrill attraction, " explained Michael Catcott, project executive for the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village. "The Torrent River is a proprietary Schlitterbahn-owned technology that can only be built by Schlitterbahn. I’m excited that the most ambitious version of this attraction will entertain new legions of fans right here in Kansas City, Kansas. This continues to demonstrate our commitment in making the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village THE family entertainment destination of the Midwest. We look forward to announcing even more attractions soon."

The Torrent Tidal Wave River is scheduled to open summer 2009 with the Water Resort.

Media Construction Tour – Wednesday, October 8

Schlitterbahn is excited to give members of the media, working on assignment, the first glimpse of the new world-class waterpark destination under construction. This will also be the first opportunity to interview Michael Catcott, Schlitterbahn’s project executive.

Please reserve your tour and interview today by contacting Jeffrey Siebert, director of corporate communications and sales, at 830.608.8519.

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 and a world-class Water Resort along with a Riverwalk including shops and restaurants.

World-Class Shopping – Scheels All Sport Retail Destination

The Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Scheels’ store will feature 190, 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; 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 shops 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, 16-car, operating Ferris Wheel, two huge 16, 000 gallon aquariums, 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 presidents. 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 are sure to make the shopping adventure something unlike Kansas City has ever experienced.

 World-Class Attractions

Schlitterbahn Water Resort

The Water Resort 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 River. A Riverwalk with lush foliage and winding walkways will feature year-round destination shopping, dining and entertainment. The Vacation Village will feature more than 1, 100 lodging accommodations including a full-service hotel, waterfront cabins, and the unique Treehaus Resort with elevated pods — all integrated within waterpark attractions.

SkyVenture(TM) Indoor Skydiving

Located in the heart of the Riverwalk area of the 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, South Padre Island, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, Galveston Island and the award-winning flagship waterpark Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, 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.

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 Schlitterbahn Waterparks’ corporate office in New Braunfels, Texas at 830.625.2351 or visit the parks’ newsroom at

Source: Schlitterbahn

CONTACT: Media, Jeffrey Siebert of Schlitterbahn, +1-830-608-8519,; or General Information, +1-830-625-2351

See also: Schlitterbahn brings Sky-Diving to the Waterpark

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