Sunday, January 4, 2015

Aquatopia Attraction Instillation Now Underway

If you're not familiar with Aquatopia, it's a gigantic indoor water park resort that is currently being built in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, the above video will catch you up real quick.

The project will result in a 125,000 square foot water park that features 13 different water slides, of various shapes and sizes.  Many of the attractions are being supplied by WhiteWater, and one of them is even a first-of-its-kind combo slide.  When completed, Aquatopia will be the largest indoor water park in the Northeast United States.

© Aquatopia
Now that the indoor water park has been covered, the instillation of rides and slides has begun.  Aquatopia has been steadily sharing progress photos, like the one seen here and below.  The massive scale of the indoor space allows drop slides that top out at 65 feet - considerably taller than most indoor water park are able to offer!   Other planned slides include mat racers, a Constrictor, several tube slides, the longest indoor water coaster and even trap-door drops.  There will also be a surfing simulator, lazy river, and of course a big wave pool.

© Aquatopia
One thing that I really like about the project is that it has an overall theme.  Many indoor water parks just use a few fake palm trees to cover theming - not Aquatopia.  The park is themed around Sir Kartrite and his world travels.  In order to portray this theme the park has created some large set pieces, such as a grounded seaplane that's on top of one of the food locations, and Iggy, a giant iguana that will be perched in the park.

I'm excited to see the finished project in a few months!  It is also interesting that just down the road Kalahari is also building a large indoor water park resort, with Proslide supplying the bulk of their attractions.  Both new properties will join the existing Great Wolf Lodge that is also down the street - making quite a triad of indoor water park resorts!