Grand Empire Indoor Water Park Resort was scheduled to open in mid-2009. However, the developers ran into some difficulty, and the project was halted. They foreclosed on the site in 2009. You can read about the plans for the never-built park below.
The ambitious resort was never built, but plans for the 170,000-square-foot Grand Empire indoor water park called for the usual assortment of water park rides and features, including an uphill water coaster, a wave pool, a FlowRider surfing attraction, a lazy river, tube slides, body slides, and an interactive water play center. The entire Grand Empire complex was to have adopted a Seven Wonders of the World theme, while a pyramid theme was planned for the indoor water park. Its roof was supposed to resemble a pyramid and be made of clear acrylic to let in natural light.
Among the unique rides planned were Splash Party, a suspended rolling coaster, in which the trains would hang from the track above. Riders would have sat in chair-lift style seats with their feet dangling. The coaster was supposed to swoop down into pools of water and splash riders' feet. The coaster would have traveled through and between both the indoor water park and the indoor theme park. Guests at the parks would have beeen able to use water cannons and drench the coaster's riders.
In addition to the water park, the resort was supposed to include a 200,000-square-foot indoor theme park, a hotel with over 1000 rooms, a performing arts center, a dining-shopping-entertainment area, and a 450-unit condominium development.
Lithonia in DeKalb County (near Atlanta), Georgia. The property would have been located near I-20, the Stonecrest Mall, and the DeKalb Hillandale Medical Center
Proposed Indoor Water Park Features:
Uphill water coaster, wave pool, FlowRider surfing attraction, lazy river, tube slides, body slides, and interactive water play center.
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