One of the leading pioneers of the industry is the chain of Schlitterbahn water parks. It operates locations in Texas, including the flagship Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. It also builds water park attractions, such as the groundbreaking MasterBlaster uphill water coaster, for other water parks. For Schlitterbahn's first venture outside of the Lone Star State, it is developing an enormous water park resort in Kansas City.
The heart of the 370-acre resort is a sprawling 40-acre water park, which i snow open. The impressive size allows the innovative company to stock the park with all kinds of water rides and attractions. Like two of its Texas parks, guests are able to float among attractions in tubes instead of waiting in lines. Schlitterbahn says that when the project is completed, its water tube "Transportainment" system will also connect riders to the resort's hotels, restaurants, stores, and other venues.
Bucking industry trends, Schlitterbahn offers many complimentary services, including free parking, free water tubes, and free life jackets. Also, the park allows thrifty guests to bring their own food.
Guests will be able to enjoy water park fun year round when Schlitterbahn Vacation Village encloses some of its water attractions in a future building phase. Also, Schlitterbahn has plans to create a true destination resort by introducing a hotel resort, a shopping and dining complex, and other entertainment options.
Kansas City, Kansas
Reduced prices for children (ages 3 to 11) and seniors (55 and older). 2 and under are free. Season passes are available.
Directions to the Park:
The park is located off of I-435 at Exit 13, State Avenue East in Kansas City. The physical address is 9400 State Avenue.
Water Park Features:
The park features Schlitterbahn's unique "Transportainment" system which connects attractions via canals and "Aqua Veyers" and allows guests to travel around the park without ever leaving their water tubes. Among other highlights is a MasterBlaster uphill water coaster (which was developed by the Schlitterbahn folks and debuted at its flagship New Braunfels, Texas park), a lazy as well as a not-so-lazy river that delivers huge waves, a wave pool, tube slides, body slides, a mat slide, a hot tub bar, a surf ride, and a kids area.
The outdoor water park opened in 2009. Future phases of the resort call for 1100 hotel rooms (including waterfront cabins and elevated "Treehaus" units), a Riverwalk shopping, dining, and entertainment district, and a Sky Venture simulated sky diving attraction. Among the retail stores will be Scheels, a collection of shops featuring biking, boating, fishing, and other sports. The shops will also offer virtual sports simulators, a Ferris wheel, a huge aquarium, and other diversions.
See the Water Park:
Schlitterbahn Kansas City Slides and RidesTo learn more about the featured rides at Schlitterbahn Kansas City, read these reviews of similar attractions at another water parks:
- Rendezvous Run Uphill Water Coaster at Cedar Point's Castaway Bay
- Cascade Falls FlowRider Surfing Ride at Water Park of America
New for 2014:
The world's tallest water slide will send passengers soaring down an audacious 170-foot hill and into a 50-foot Master Blaster water coaster hill. Read more about the insane Verruckt.
New for 2012A huge expansion that was delayed from last year will introduce six new rides, including a "Boogie Bahn" surfing ride, a whitewater tube chute, three new slides, and King Kaw, a looooong rapids river.
Official Web Site: