Sensing a void in sunbaked, arid, hardscrabble Las Vegas after Wet 'n Wild closed on the Strip in 2004, the folks behind Splash Canyon aim to bring a major water park back to the area. At a planned 25 acres and with plenty of attractions, it should offer both visitors and residents a cool way to beat the considerable Nevada heat.
Among the promised featured attractions will be The Strip Racer, a multi-lane mat racing slide. It will also offer The Cliff Hanger, two 70-foot tall speed slides, and Zipp Zapp Zoom, a slide tower with three enclosed tube slides. The 1,000-foot-long Colorado Cooler lazy river will encircle Splash Island, home of the RainFortress interactive water play center for younger children. A wave pool and splash area for tots rounds out the initial planned slides and attractions.
While it will do a decent job presenting the usual array of water park features, Splash Canyon, at least in its proposed opening state, won't have any of the attention-grabbing attractions found at many larger (and some medium-sized) water parks, such as a funnel ride, a themed bowl ride, a FlowRider surfing attraction, or a water coaster. Without the marquee rides, the park may have a hard time attracting visitors who might expect something at least as flashy as what their local water park offers and have plenty of other diversions in Sin City to warrant their attention and vacation dollars. Then again, it does get insanely hot in Vegas, and a water park, even one without a lot of major rides, might get visitors through its gates. Locals, on the other hand, should welcome the water park, regardless of its attractions.
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