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Hotel Waterpark Resorts - Construction Report 2004
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32 Are Under Construction or Breaking Ground in 2004

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By Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson, August 2004

August 3, 2004 --- Hotels with indoor waterparks are growing from 23% to 29% annually while the overall hotel industry expects new supply to grow only 1.2% in 2004 and 1.3% in 2005. In 2000, there were only 18 hotel waterpark resorts. Today, over 60 are open nationwide. Eighteen new additions and expansion projects are expected to open by year end. Hotel waterpark projects under construction have grown from 8 in 2000 to 32 that are under construction or will break ground during 2004. 

Clearly, hotel waterpark resorts are both cool and hot at the same time! Projects in the development phase grew from 19 in 2002 to 46 in 2003 to 69 in 2004.
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Construction Project Growth
 
Hotel Waterpark Resorts USA
 
2005F
2004F
2003
2002
2001
2000
Open at beginning of year
79
61
48
39
31
18
Openings during year
13
18
13
9
8
13
Total Open at end of year
92
79
61
48
39
31
Percent Change
16.5%
29.5%
27.1%
23.1%
25.8%
 
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Under Construction
32
9
10
9
8
In Development
 
69
46
19
 
 
Source: Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting. 

The number of hotel rooms attached to indoor waterparks is expected to grow from 5,400 in 2000 to a forecast of over 16,300 in 2005, which is an increase of 4X over five years. 
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Room Supply Growth
 
Hotel Waterpark Resorts USA
 
2005F
2004F
2003
2002
2001
2000
Open at beginning of year
12,266
10,132
8,193
7,135
5,431
3,545
Openings during year
4,117
2,134
1,939
1,058
1,704
1,886
Total Open at end of year
16,383
12,266
10,132
8,193
7,135
5,431
Percent Change
33.6%
21.1%
23.7%
14.8%
31.4%
 
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Under Construction
4,432
1,144
1,366
1,058
1,704
In Development
 
15,864
13,268
4,630
 
 
Source: Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting. 
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Hotel waterpark resort grew out of Wisconsin during the 1990s, and then spread to adjacent states in the Upper Midwest. The growth pattern is spreading across the northern tier of the USA, with new properties stretching from Michigan and Ohio to Pennsylvania and new construction activity in the northwestern states of Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. In fact, three ski resorts --- Camelback Ski Area in PA, Boyne Mountain in MI and Silver Mountain in ID --- now have or will soon open indoor-outdoor waterparks to build revenues on a year round basis. In the future, indoor waterparks will spread to the Sunbelt where desert resort guests and their kids will look for protection from the sun, hot temps and humidity.

Recent Openings: USA

In February 2004, Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights MI, a suburb of Detroit, opened the 9,000 sf expansion of its indoor waterpark, bringing the total to more than 30,000 sf. You can reach owner-operator Vic Martin by emailing vic@sterlinginn.com

In March, Wilderness Resort & Golf Hotel opened its 47,051 sf Wild West indoor waterpark which connects to 160 rooms previously added along with a rear lobby and large arcade. Wild West Waterpark is the resort’s third indoor waterpark on site, bringing total indoor waterpark space to 161,000 sf --- the most of any resort in America. Wilderness now has 593 rooms and suites in Wisconsin Dells WI. Contact Tom Lucke or Peter Helland at 608-253-9729 for more information. 

In April, Vance Castleman opened a 24,000 sf indoor waterpark in Minot ND as part of his 126-room Sleep Inn & Suites, which opened in January, 2004. Waterpark features include a 2,500 sf activity pool, 3 major waterslides, 2 kiddie slides, 4 kiddie play structures and a 4-leaf clover-shaped hot tub that accommodates 48 people. The Sleep Inn is connected to a 10,000 sf convention center and Dakota Square Mall with 85 stores. Ramaker & Associates provided the preliminary plans and Associated Pools of Minot designed and built the pools. Play structures were provided by Miracle Recreation Equipment. You can reach Vance Castleman at 701-838-7611. 
 

In May, hotel owner Dave Nordstrom opened his 11,000 sf Wasserbahn indoor waterpark at the Holiday Inn in Amana IA --- the first holidome in America to be converted into an indoor waterpark. Ramaker & Associates submitted the winning design. Volk International represented the owner for specifications, bidding and supervision of installation. The existing pool was converted a zero entry to 8-inch wading pool with play structure and 5 geyser jets for young children. An activity pool was added with a waterwalk, basketball hoops and a vortex pool along with a large spa. A slide tower that looks like a Water Tower was added to the 

Holiday Inn Amana Colonies
Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort
2211 U Avenue I-80 Exit 225
Amana, Iowa 52203
building and launches 2 enclosed body slides that exit and re-enter the building. "The sauna was completed redone and the game room went from 330 sf with 6 games to 800 sf with 22 games," reports General Manager John Gilbertson. "We created 14 new suites including several KidsSuites in new interiors and furniture. All rooms have a microwave and refrigerator," he said. Room occupancy and revenues have increased since opening in May. Talk to Kris Volk at 303-838-9785 or call hotel GM John Gilbertson at 319-350-8599 for more information.

In June 2004, four hotel waterpark resort projects opened:

  • Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells WI opened the expansion of its outdoor waterpark in June 2004. The popularity of its indoor treehouse prompted owners, The Great Lakes Companies of Madison WI, to build a mini treehouse in its outdoor waterpark. The $1.5 million expansion nearly doubled the size of the outdoor waterpark to 60,000 sf. The outdoor mini-treehouse has a tipping bucket that dumps water on guests at the sound of a bell. In addition, guests can climb into inner tubes for a wet journey down Half Moon Lake, relax on a leisure island, climb the 25-ft high aqua rock wall, play water basketball or ride kiddie bumper boats. 
  • The Lodge at Cedar Creek Resort in Wausau WI opened its new $35 million, 50,000 sf indoor waterpark resort in June, and the largest of its kind in northern Wisconsin. The resort features 140 family-sized suites and historic log mill design that pays tribute to the region’s lumber industry. You can eat in the Saw Mill Grill and drink in the Buzz Saw Bar. The indoor waterpark includes 4 waterslides, splashdown pool, activity pool, kiddie pool, lazy river and treehouse with an 800-gallon tipping water bucket. The resort also has 1,600 sf of meeting facilities and a heated outdoor pavilion for special events. Developer is Chuck Heath, president of Horizon Development Group LLC of Verona WI. Call Chuck at 608-848-4500 or call the lodge at 888-365-6343. 
  • Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells WI opened its 120 3-bedroom condominiums and expanded convention center. The Kalahari Kondominiums, which sold initially for $379,000 each on a whole-ownership basis prior to construction, offer 1,579 sf in four different styles. Owners place their units in a rental program so they can be rented to hotel guests as a hotel suite. These condos (3 bedrooms) bring the total Kalahari room count to 738. In addition, Kalahari expanded its convention center to 125,000 sf including 47 meeting rooms, banquet seating for up to 3,000 people and a 10-screen cinema with stadium seating. Owners have full use of the resort facilities, including its 75,000 sf outdoor waterpark. The Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center, as it is now called, has the most hotel meeting space in Wisconsin and reports to have America’s largest indoor waterpark (125,000 sf) --- although it neighbor, Wilderness Resort, has three indoor waterparks totaling 161,000 sf. For more information about condos, go to www.kalaharikondominiums.com. For convention sales, call 608-254-5019. 
  • Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sheboygan WI opened its doors in June to vacationers and business travelers to enjoy its 183 rooms, 40,000 sf indoor waterpark and 20,000 sf conference facilities --- with Grand Victorian décor and nautical atmosphere. The indoor waterpark features 7 waterslides, 4 pools, 2 hot tubs and a 100-game arcade. There are also 4 restaurants and an Aveda Spa with 6 feng shui treatment rooms. The waterpark conference resort is owned and operated by Great Lakes Companies of Madison WI. For more information, go to www.blueharborresort.com or www.greatlakesco.com
Under Construction & Opening in 2004: USA

In July, Thunder Falls, a $12 million outdoor waterpark with 12 waterslides in Mackinaw City MI, completed construction on 20 acres at the first exit off I-75 into the city. Thunder Falls boasts having the largest dynamic wave pool in Michigan. Thunder Falls developer Joe Lieghio and his family own several restaurants and about 700 hotel rooms in Mackinaw City. In addition to his outdoor waterpark, he plans to start construction soon on a 40,000 sf indoor waterpark located near his existing 95-room Hamilton Inn. Plans call for the addition of 200 to 300 more guest rooms. The indoor waterpark is scheduled to open by June of 2005 and serve guests of numerous Lieghio hotels. 

In August, Holiday Inn Express in Grand Rapids MI opened with 80 rooms and a 10,000 sf indoor waterpark. The owner is Sudhir Modi. You can contact him at 616-949-4600. 

Ramada Spokane Airport opened its indoor waterpark in August 2004. The 5,300 sf waterpark includes a 2-story, 100-foot long waterslide, 4 pools, a 12-person hot tub, showers and an exercise room. "Currently, we are over-built with new competition in Spokane," says Jean Berg, sales director. "We’re hoping our new indoor pool and waterslide will help us retain customers and boost our weekend occupancy even higher." Hotel owner is Spokane Equities. Reach general manager Rick LeFleur at 509-838-5211. 

As of July 31, 2004, the following waterpark resorts were under construction and scheduled to open later in 2004: Great Escape Resort & Waterpark, Lake George NY; AmericInn, Ashland WI; Grand Mackinaw Inn, Mackinaw City MI, Baymont Inn, Shepherdsville KY; Grand Rios Waterpark Resort, Brooklyn Park MN; Waterpark of America, Bloomington MN, Holiday Inn Select North, Indianapolis IN; Grand Bear Lodge at Starved Rock State Park in Utica IL; Radisson Castaway Bay, Sandusky OH; and the Splash Lagoon Expansion, Erie PA.

  • The owners of the proposed 200-room Great Escape Resort and 38,000 indoor waterpark in Lake George NY started clearing trees and preparing the site in July. The project is located across from the Great Escape theme park owned by Six Flags Corporation, a partner in the project. Aquatic Development Group of Cohoes NY is the design-engineering firm. Contact the ownership spokesman and developer John Lemery at 518-581-8800 for more information. 
  • The 65-room AmericInn in Ashland WI, owned and operated by ZMC Hotels of Duluth, is underway with the expansion and conversion of their indoor pool to an indoor waterpark that will open in September 2004. The existing pool will feature water volleyball and basketball hoops. A new kiddie pool is under construction. Another new pool will provide the splashdown area for two new waterslides. Owners bumped up the roof about ten feet to fit in a 25-foot slide tower. The AmericInn also has an outdoor pool with one waterslide and another waterslide scheduled for installation. If you have a low ceiling above your pool, call John Goldfine at 218-723-8433 about how to raise the roof for a waterslide tower. 
  • Grand Mackinaw Inn, a 65-room hotel in Mackinaw City MI, is under construction with a 5,000 sf indoor waterpark expansion scheduled to open later in 2004. Talk to Gary Chippi at 231-436-8831 or go to www.grandmackinaw.com
  • Baymont Inn in Shepherdsville KY is scheduled to open in September with 80 rooms and a 14,000 sf indoor waterpark. Contact Mr. Adams at 502-955-9550. 
  • Minneapolis developer Jeff Wirth bought a struggling Ramada Inn in Brooklyn Park MN in 2002 and announced plans to turn it into a 46,000 sf indoor waterpark attached to 225 renovated hotel rooms. That $40 million project is scheduled to open in September 2004. Even before the project was finished, Wirth said he was moving forward on a second phase to the Grand Rios, which adds 200 rooms and 40,000 sf of space to the indoor waterpark, which will open in 2006. The Grand Rios will be the Twin Cities’ largest hotel indoor waterpark for about a year, until The Wirth Companies opens another waterpark resort in Bloomington.
  • Last May, The Wirth Companies Inc began demolition of the former Decathlon Club in Bloomington MN to make way for their proposed 60,000 sf Waterpark of America at Grand Lodge, which will have 403 rooms. Construction of the $100 million project was underway in July with a planned opening for Fall 2005. Jeff Wirth plans to build America’s Biggest Indoor Water Slide Tower, which will rise approximately 10 stories above I-494. For more information, go to www.wirthcompanies.com
  • By November 2004, Holiday Inn Select North at the Pyramids in Indianapolis IN will be home to Indiana’s only hotel indoor waterpark. Construction of the 5-story, 30,000 sf indoor waterpark began last April. "It will attract families all year long," according to Jim Worthington, president of General Hotels Corporation, the hotel’s management company. General Manager is Rick Seegert. The waterpark will be connected on two floors to the existing 344-room hotel and 11,000 sf of meeting space. General Hotels Corporation manages ten hotels in Indiana. Email them at info@genhotels.com
  • Grand Bear Lodge at Starved Rock State Park in Utica IL expects to open late in 2004. 
  • Cedar Point’s newest roller coaster is only 35-feet high, but it will make a bigger splash than the park’s monster ride. This water coaster is the centerpiece of the $22 million Castaway Bay, the amusement park’s first indoor waterpark hotel that is expected to open in November in Sandusky OH. The existing Radisson Castaway Bay, located at the entrance to Cedar Point Causeway, is expanding to include 237 rooms and 51,000 sf indoor waterpark with 12 waterslides, 3 pools, two 50-person hot tubs, a 100,000-gallon wave pool, a 520-foot long MasterBlaster water coaster, 6,000 sf arcade and 12,000 sf of meeting facilities. Architect is R2 Architects Guild of Pittsburg PA. Aquatic designer is Water Technology Inc of Beaver Dam WI. Talk to Dan Keller, vp & general manager at 419-627-2206 or go to http://castawaybay.cedarpoint.com/

Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay
Radisson Harbour Inn at Cedar Point
2001 Cleveland Rd
Sandusky OH 44870
  • Splash Lagoon, an indoor waterpark connected to three hotels in Erie PA, is under construction with the expansion of 22,500 sf more indoor waterpark space to include 2 more waterslides, food & beverage outlets and party rooms. Splash Lagoon is conveniently connected to a Holiday Inn Express, Residence Inns by Marriott and a Comfort Inn --- all owned by Nick Scott and his family. You can reach Nick Scott at nickscott@splashlagoon.com or call Scott Enterprises at 814-868-9500.
Under Construction & Opening in 2005: USA

Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg-York VA started construction last December on 301 themed suites and a 70,000 sf indoor waterpark costing $48 million. The resort will feature 7 pools, wave pool, 12 waterslides over 400-feet long, spa, hot tubs, arcade, 250-seat restaurant, meeting rooms, gift shop, convenience store and an outdoor pool. Opening is expected in February 2005, according to Marc Pink, project superintendent of Stevens Construction Corp, who has helped build three of the six existing lodges. For more information, go to www.greatlakesco.com

Ron Jon Surfpark is expected to open in March 2005 at Festival Bay Mall in Orlando FL. A surfpark is a new concept to create the perfect wave in a large indoor pool --- an idea developed by frustrated board-rider and entrepreneur Jamie Meiselman who earned his MBA at Columbia in 2002. Meiselman teamed with co-founder Doug Kirk to form Surfparks LLC, which is partnering with Ron Jon Surf Shops to create the first indoor Surfpark at Festival Bay in Orlando. Aquatic Development Group of Cohoes NY is building the groundswell wave system, which creates up to 6 waves per minute up to 8-feet high. ASR Ltd of Australia is designing the wedge pool to maintain wave height and power through the full length of the ride. ASR is also building an adjustable pool floor that changes the wave shape at the touch of a button on the computer. Meiselman is also planning to build a Surfpark as part of the Randall’s Island Aquatic Center in NY in 2006. Call Jamie Meiselman at 908-654-7063. Email is info@surfparks.com. Website www.surfparks.com

Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls MI will be the first ski resort in America to have an indoor waterpark. The 58,000 sf Avalanche Bay is under construction and expected to open Memorial Day 2005 along with the 200-unit Mountain Grand condo-hotel, bringing the resort’s total room count to 524. The indoor waterpark will feature 6 waterslides including a cannonbowl tube slide, 4 pools with a lazy river, 2 whirlpools, a Flowrider water coaster and climbing structure with tipping water bucket. The facility also has an arcade, food & beverage and retail areas. Water Technology Inc of Beaver Dam WI provided the design concept and engineering. Steve Kircher, owner-operator of Boyne Mountain Resort, hopes the new hotel indoor waterpark will help the resort regain its footing as the No. 1 ski resort in the Midwest, a Ski magazine ranking it held for many years. Reach Steve at 231-549-6005 or go to www.boyne.com

Country Inn Hotel & Convention Center owner Dick Richards has always been innovative when it comes to promoting his hotel in Waukesha WI, a suburb of Milwaukee. But with increased competition and lost business over the last three years, Richards decided to build a $25.6 million, 40,000 sf indoor waterpark addition to his 187-room hotel. He says the indoor waterpark will draw more people to the hotel and the surrounding area year round. The indoor waterpark, which includes 3 waterslides, 4 pools and a hot tub, is expected to open in May of 2005 along with a 15,000 sf family entertainment center. Richards joined with Real-Cap LLC owners Mark Flaherty and Ed Carow to form a separate entity for the project, CIP Equity LLC. The project will be financed through a loan with First Bank of Illinois. Architectural Design Consultants of Lake Delton WI designed the project. 

Grand Casino Resort in Tunica MS plans to start construction in the Fall of 2004 on a new $65 million, 30-acre water theme park that is expected to open in June 2005. Although it is primarily an outdoor waterpark, the Grand Water Park will feature a significant amount of space to indoor water recreation facilities. Grand Casino Tunica is partnering with Southeastern Recreation Developers LLC of Hernando MS to create a regional resort destination. For more information, contact Jon Lucas, president of Grand Casino Tunica, or call Valerie Morris at 662-357-3089. Website is www.grandcasinos.com

Massanutten Resort in McGaheysville VA is constructing a 42,000 sf indoor waterpark that will feature 12 waterslides, 2 pools, spa, lazy river and a wave pool. Opening is expected in July 2005. Massanutten is a thriving four season resort and community of over 600 single-family homes, 900 timeshare units and a multi-million ski business. Massanutten is will be the second ski resort in the nation to build an indoor waterpark; the first will be Boyne Mountain MI which plans to open Memorial Day 2005. Aquatics Development Group of Cohoes NY is the design-engineering firm. For more information, contact Clay Rice, director of resort operations at 540-289-4977. Website is www.massresort.com

Focus Enterprises of Valparaiso IN announced the construction start for a 30,000 sf indoor waterpark addition to the existing 79-room Holiday Inn Express on US Hwy 23 in Dundee MI near Cabela’s Outfitters. New guest rooms will also be built, bringing the total to 166. Focus Enterprises owns and manages 18 hotels in Indiana and Michigan. Dean Morgan is president; you can email him at operations@focushotels.com

Great Wolf Lodge in Stroudsburg PA is under construction with a 400-suite hotel and 50,000 sf indoor waterpark that will open in October 2005. The indoor waterpark will include 8 waterslides, 4 pools, 2 hot tubs, lazy river, wave pool and a 6,000 sf arcade. The Pocono Mountain location in Pennsylvania will draw leisure families from New Jersey and New York City. Owner is Great Lakes Companies of Madison WI. Go to www.greatlakesco.com

Bavarian Haus in Frankenmuth MI announced the start of construction in September for a 28,000 sf indoor waterpark addition that will open in October 2005. Owners Al and Susan Zehnder said they will demolish some rooms and build new rooms to replace them in order to re-configure the 137-room property, which is located adjacent to Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store. Contact owners Al and Susan Zehnder for details. 

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington PA, one-hour southeast of Pittsburgh, may start construction by year end on a 300-room, 52,000 sf indoor waterpark hotel that will open in 2005. Reach Joe Bernardo at 412-367-1839 or call project manager Peter Magerko at 724-329-6624. Website is www.nwlr.com

Joe Lieghio plans to start construction soon on a 40,000 sf indoor waterpark located near his existing 95-room Hamilton Inn in Mackinaw City MI. Plans also call for the addition of 200 to 300 more guest rooms. The indoor waterpark is scheduled to open by June of 2005. You can contact Joe Lieghio at 231-818-0547.

Brad Swenson plans to break ground before year end in Duluth MN on a parcel near I-35 across from Spirit Mountain Ski Area. Kulala Falls Hotel Waterpark will have 129 rooms and a 35,000 sf indoor waterpark featuring 3 major waterslides, adventure pool and lazy river. DSGW of Duluth MN is the architect, Water Technology Inc of Beaver Dam WI is the aquatics designer-engineer and Kraus Anderson is the contractor. Contact Brad Swenson of Clearwater Development LLC in Fargo ND for more information. 701-478-5000.

Double JJ Ranch & Golf Resort in Rothbury MI, north of Muskegon, announced that in the fall owners will invest $40 million for a new indoor waterpark, dinner theater, conference center and 57-room hotel. Although the size of the indoor waterpark and its construction start date are unknown, the project, which includes 150 home sites and a recreational vehicle park, is scheduled to open in 2006. Contact owners Joe and Joan Lipsitz. 
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Hotel Waterpark Resorts Under Construction
Or Scheduled to Break Ground in 2004
Hotel Waterpark Resorts USA
Location
State
Rooms
Indoor WP
Sq. Ft.
Start
Date
Open
Date
BW Sterling Heights IWP Expansion Sterling Heights MI
250
9,000
200402
200402
Wilderness Resort’s Wild West Waterpark Wisconsin Dells WI
160
47.051
200403
200403
Sleep Inn & Suites Minot ND
126
24,000
200404
200404
Holiday Inn Amana Conversion Amana IA
155
11,000
200405
200405
Great Wolf Lodge OWP Expansion Wisconsin Dells WI
309
200406
200406
Lodge at Cedar Creek Resort Wausau WI
140
50,000
200406
200406
Kalahari Resort Kondominiums Wisconsin Dells WI
360*
0
200406
200406
Blue Harbor Resort Sheboygan WI
183
40,000
200406
200406
AmericInn & Waterpark Ashland WI
65
2,500
200407
200406
Thunder Falls OWP Mackinaw City MI
0
200307
200407
Holiday Inn Express Grand Rapids MI
80
10,000
200308
200408
Ramada Spokane Airport Spokane WA
165
5,300
200407
200408
Baymont Inn Waterpark Addition Shepherdsville KY
80
14,000
200407
200409
Grand Rios Waterpark Resort Brooklyn Park MN
224
46,000
200407
200409
Holiday Inn Select North IWP Addition Indianapolis IN
344
30,000
200404
200411
Grand Bear Lodge at Starved Rock Utica IL
191
20,000
200311
200411
Castaway Bay Resort IWP Addition Sandusky OH
237
38,000
200311
200411
Grand Mackinaw Inn IWP Expansion Mackinaw City MI
65
5,000
200407
200412
Splash Lagoon WP Expansion Erie PA
25,000
20012
200412
Great Wolf Lodge York-Williamsburg VA
301
70,000
200312
200501
Ron Jon Surfpark at Festival Bay Mall Orlando FL
0
200503
Mountain Grand Lodge & Waterpark Boyne Falls MI
200
58,000
200405
200505
Country Hotel & Conv Ctr IWP Addition Waukesha WI
187
40,000
200405
200505
Grand Casino Resort’s Grand Water Park Tunica MS
200409
200506
Hamilton Inn MTC IWP Addition Mackinaw City MI
395
40,000
200408
200506
Massanutten Resort IWP Addition McGaheysville VA
1740
42,000
200407
200507
Great Escape Resort Lake George NY
200
38,000
200407
200509
Waterpark of America at Grand Lodge Bloomington MN
403
60,000
200405
200509
Holiday Inn Express Room & IWP Addition Dundee MI
166
30,000
200407
200509
Great Wolf Lodge Stroudsburg PA
400
50,000
200406
200510
Bavarian Haus Indoor Waterpark Addition Frankenmuth MI
137
28,000
200409
200510
Kulala Falls Hotel Waterpark Duluth MN
129
35,000
200411
200511
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Farmington PA
300
52,000
200412
200512
Grand Rios Waterpark Resort Expansion Brooklyn Park MN
200
40,000
200503
200603
Double JJ Ranch & Golf Resort IWP Add Rothbury MI
57
200504
200604
Source: Hotel Waterpark Research & Consulting, Coy & Haralson, Aug 3, 2004.
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Recent Openings in Canada

Ameri-Cana Resort & Conference Center in Niagara Falls, Ontario, opened its 19,100 sf indoor waterpark attached to its existing 160 rooms and 16,000 sf conference center. Open Aire of Toronto provided the polycarbonate structure and enclosure for the indoor waterpark. You can reach owner Michael DiBellonia at 905-356-8444

Under Construction in Canada

Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is scheduled to break ground before year end and open in 2005. Ripley Entertainment plans to spend $200 million on a family resort destination that will include a Ripley-owned Great Wolf Lodge and a state of the art 115,000 sf Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada on a 25-acre parcel along the Niagara River, just north of downtown Niagara Falls, Canada. Ripley’s is the first license ever granted for a Great Wolf Lodge by the Great Lakes Companies of Madison WI. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, opening in 2006, will be the third sea life attraction following Ripley’s Aquariums in Myrtle Beach SC and Gatlinburg TN. The northwoods-style hotel will have 404 rooms and 90,000 sf of indoor waterpark. Other features include a themed family restaurant, huge arcade, gift shop, confectionery, Aveda Spa, meeting rooms, fitness center along with outdoor pool and recreation area. Call Eric Lund of Great Lakes Companies at 608-251-6500 or call Tim O’Brien of Ripley Entertainment at 615-646-7465. 



Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting is a collaboration of Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson. Coy heads JLC Hospitality Consulting and is certified by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. Haralson heads William L. Haralson & Associates and is a Hall of Fame member of the World Waterpark Association. For more info, contact Jeff at 507-289-7404 or email jeffcoy@aol.com. Website is www.jeffcoy.com. Reach Bill at 972-231-7444 or email wharalson@aol.com. Website is www.wlha-inc.com
   

 
Contact:

JLC Hospitality Consulting Inc
3320 Mayowood Road
Rochester, MN 55902
507-289-7404 tel
jeffcoy@aol.com
http://www.jeffcoy.com/
 

Also See: Ski Resorts Expand Year Round Revenues, Add Outdoor & Indoor Waterparks / Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson / May 2004
Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson Find a Way to Get Waterparks Flowing at Hotels and Resorts / April 2004
Hotel Waterpark Resort Industry Report - 2003 14 New Hotel Waterpark Resorts Open / October 2003
What’s It Going to Cost to Build a Hotel With an Indoor Waterpark? A Guide to Cost Allocations for Developers / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / May 2003
Hotel Waterpark Resort Industry Report - 2002 / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / Nov 2002
So You Want to Build a Hotel Indoor Waterpark / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / Sept 2002
Hotel Waterparks Grow Throughout Midwest, Product Ready for National Expansion / Bill Haralson and Jeff Coy / April 2002
Hotel Indoor Waterparks Boost Revenues, Extend Peak Season to Year Round / Jeff Coy, ISHC / January 2002
Wisconsin Dells Becoming a Land of Haves and Have-Nots; Waterpark Hotels Achieved 26 Points Higher Occupancy Than Regular Hotels in 2001 / April 2002


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