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Imagine Hospitality reveals location of themed water park resort

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Imagine Hospitality, founded by pioneers of the original Great Wolf Lodge portfolio, has announced Hollister, Missouri as the location for its long-awaited family destination resort with a themed water park.

Imagine Hospitality is a hospitality and management company, founded by the innovators of the original Great Wolf Lodge portfolio.

The company’s 575,000-square-foot resort will be situated on 68 acres and will house various amenities inspired by popular entertainment, attraction and media brands.

With an investment of $300 million, the project is estimated to create 450 new jobs. It will include the following features:

  • 100,000-square-foot indoor themed waterpark
  • 450 guest rooms and cabins, some themed
  • 6 to 8 themed restaurants and dining experiences
  • 40,000 square feet of family entertainment space
  • 10,000 square feet of retail space
  • 30,000 square feet of convention space
  • Adult spas and themed children’s spas

Imagine Resorts is investing $300 million

Imagine Resorts
Imagine Resorts

“We’re so pleased to bring the world’s first of these family-friendly, branded destination resorts to the vibrant vacation area of Hollister and Branson,” said Bruce Neviaser, CEO of Imagine Resorts.

“This resort will be an exciting addition to the area, and we look forward to being an active member of the business community. In short, we’re thrilled to be welcomed into the region’s tourism family.”

Imagine Resorts hopes to break ground on the project in the first half of 2021, with the grand opening scheduled for 2023.

“Throughout Hollister’s history, we’ve been a community of imagination and innovation,” said Hollister Mayor David G Tate.

“This project builds on that proud tradition. Our city, which already figures prominently in a region that’s known for its incredible commitment to families and fun, is delighted to welcome such a unique resort to our portfolio of travel and entertainment experiences.”

Imagine Resorts sets grand opening for 2023

Imagine Resorts
Imagine Resorts

Rick Ziegenfuss, city administrator for Hollister, added: “During the past three years we have worked closely with the Imagine team to bring this new and exciting leisure destination to our community.

“It has been our pleasure to work with these experienced professionals to create the next generation of Hollister’s bright future.”

Meanwhile, Oxfordshire County Council has objected to plans to build a Great Wolf Lodge close to Chesterton and Bicester.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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