News for the Hospitality Executive
Hotel Waterpark Construction Report: North America
By Jeff Coy and Amanda McDaniel
April 1, 2010 --- Eight (8) hotel waterpark resorts are expected to open in 2010 in the
Although hotels with indoor waterparks are still very popular among developers and families with young children, the growth rate of new waterpark resorts has dwindled from 30% in 2006 to 3.6% in 2010. While hotels with indoor waterparks continue to out-perform ordinary hotels, bank executives do not see the difference and have shut off funds to the entire hotel industry. Due to higher unemployment, many families are cutting back on discretionary consumer spending for things like vacations --- but the nearby hotel waterpark still runs full on weekends.
Another eight are expected to open during
2010, bringing the
total to 229 in the
Waterpark Resorts Expected to Open
Radisson Hotel Albuquerque NM opened its 30,000 sf indoor waterpark in March. The waterpark features: a dual Flowrider surf simulator, a lazy river, double slide plunge pool, raft slide, tube slide, 32,000-gallon kids activity pool, 12,000 sf wading pool for younger children, an adult whirlpool, 55-gallon tipping bucket, basketball hoops and spray toys. The hotel has 280 rooms, a family entertainment center with a 50-game video arcade and 26,000 sf of meeting space, according to general manager Jim Metzger. Metzger moved to
JW Marriott’s Hill Country Resort in San Antonio TX opened in March with 1002 rooms, 7 restaurants, 140,000 sf conference center, 36-hole TPC golf course, 2 pools, 1 waterslide and an outdoor lazy river that covers over 261,000 sf. Miller Global Properties LLC is the owner and Art Coloumbe is general manager. Contact the resort by dialing 210-276-2500 or go to www.jwsanantonio.com for photos and video.
Coco Key Hotel & Water Resort in Orlando FL is expected to open April 15, 2010. Located on
Legoland California’s 239,000 sf outdoor waterpark in Carlsbad CA is scheduled to open in June 2010, according to general manager Peter Ronchetti. Crews are hard at work today installing the family raft slide for the first Lego-themed waterpark. The family raft slide is just one of 7 slides featured along with tube slides, toddler slides, a zoo-themed water play area for toddlers and an interactive play zone for middle-schoolers. The centerpiece of the outdoor waterpark is a 45-foot tower designed to immerse children in the creative world of LEGO. The attraction features 15,000 Lego models, 50 rides and a 36,000 sf SeaLife Aquarium. The adjacent Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa features a private entrance to Legoland, and the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort is within walking distance.
Phase 2 calls for Legoland
Comfort Inn’s indoor waterpark and family fun center in Plattsburgh NY is expected to open in June 2010. The inn is rebuilding after a fire shuttered the hotel back in November of 2008, according to Kevin Rock, general manager. The hotel has 116 rooms and 8,000 sf of meeting space. The mini indoor waterpark has a 70-foot waterslide, hot tub and sauna. Call 518-562-2730 or go to www.plattsburghcomfortinn.com.
The proposed 464-unit
Holiday Inn’s Maya
Indoor Waterpark in Syracuse-Van Buren NY, originally scheduled to
2010, is rescheduled for opening in 2011. The
40,000 sf indoor waterpark, which features a wave pool
river, will connect to a new 114-room Holiday Inn and also connect to
Grand Cambrian Resort in Wisconsin Dells WI has obtained its financing and expects to start construction soon on its Phase 1, which includes 60 condominiums with 4 & 5 bedrooms along the Wisconsin River, a 27,000 sf indoor waterpark building, several indoor-outdoor pools, restaurant, arcade and retail shops. For more, call owner-developer “Mac” McDonald at 608-592-4199 or go to www.grandcambrianresort.com to see site plans, renderings and photos.
Construction Delays Slide Openings into 2011Several hotel waterpark resort projects mentioned in our Construction Report Fall 2009 that were scheduled to open in 2010 have been delayed for a variety of reasons:
expected to open its Extreme Store with an in-store Flowrider at the
Mall in Meadowlands NJ in March but construction on the $2 billion
came to a halt when Xandau developers sued their lender, a unit of
Lehman Brothers. “We are still opening a
store there but as you probably know the construction of the mall
the new store opening date is winter 2011,” according to Dave Malamud. New loans are being negotiated, but the
construction funding for the mall is not yet in place, according to
Goldberg, chair of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. Adrenalina is an extreme sports outfitter
with stores in
Waves of Fun Indoor
Waterpark in Sandwich IL was scheduled to open in April 2010, but
construction, developers Dave and Meredith Avery lost their lender
banking industry crisis. “During a
normal time, we would not have had as many problems.
We are committed to bringing the first indoor
waterpark to the
Wilderness Resort in
the Ozarks in Branson-Hollister MO was scheduled to open in 2010,
project has not yet broken ground. Developers
of the project are brothers Justin and James Gage of the Hollister
Development Group. Jerry Crumpler,
former NFL football star, is partnering with the Gages.
According to a Wisconsin-based bank, the
110-acre parcel of land southeast of Hwy 65 in Hollister that was
the waterpark resort is now owned by BB Syndication Services Inc. Eric Swanson of BBSSI said his company
foreclosed on the Hollister property last November.
“We are still planning on going forward with
the waterpark resort project,” according to Justin Gage.
Millions of dollars worth of land clearing
and excavation has been completed. Wilderness
in the Ozarks plans call for 400 rooms, 130,000
sf of outdoor
waterpark and 75,000 sf of indoor waterpark, 7,500 entertainment center
vacation units. Pete and Pat Helland and
Tom and Tim Lucke, founders of Wilderness Resorts in Wisconsin Dells WI
Volcano Island Resort
in Fairmont WV was last reported to open in 2010 on the site of the
Sharon Steel Corp coke works, a superfund site now owned by Exxon Mobil. Preliminary plans for the hotel waterpark
resort were drawn in 2006 while the site was being cleaned up. As of April 2010, the clean up effort
continues. More than 486,000 tons of
coke-making residues have been removed since the project began. Any ground breaking date for the waterpark
resort is unknown. The project includes
a 300-room hotel , 30,000 sf conference center, 50,000 sf indoor
marina, RV park, cinema and retail outlets. The
Lakeside Landing Hotels & Indoor Waterpark in Yakima-Ellensburg WA has broken ground. Site work is nearly finished. Prominent land owner Gene Martin has secured financing for the $80 million project which includes 2 hotels totaling 220 rooms, 45,000 sf indoor waterpark, 25,000 sf conference center and a winery-themed retail plaza. Originally scheduled to open in 2010, the hotel waterpark is not yet under construction, so the earliest opening would be late 2011. For more, contact Ron Cridlebaugh at the Kittitas County Economic Development Group.
Boone Crossing Hotel Waterpark Resort near Indianapolis IN is delayed indefinitely for lack of funding. The plan calls for a $55 million 250-room hotel with 50,000 sf indoor waterpark. “This is a great hotel project in a great location. While resorts may be hurting, business hotels with indoor waterparks run higher occupancies during the week and on the weekend with families because people can’t afford to take a vacation,” says Bill Raguse at Street Corner Group. “But lenders don’t see the difference in hotels; they’ve tainted the entire hotel industry.” A construction start date is unknown. For more, call 317-805-1445.
Cape Codder Resort’s indoor waterpark expansion in Hyannis MA was originally scheduled to open in 2010 but now it is on hold for two more years. Plans called for an existing 8,200 sf wave pool to be enlarged to 27,200 sf plus the addition of 2 waterslides, hot tub, lazy river and a retractable roof. For more, call 508-699-7777 for Brian Loughlin of Keystone Consulting Group or go to www.capecodderresort.com.
On The Horizon
Great Wolf Lodge at
the Galleria Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum PA is expected to start
in 2010, if details can be finalized. The
goal is to open the resort at the end of 2011 or the start of 2012. Great Wolf Resorts Inc is licensing its brand
to a joint venture with
In Canada, Mexico & the Caribbean, there are no known hotels with
waterparks that are expected to open in 2010.
Jeff Coy is president and Amanda McDaniel is research director of JLC Hospitality Consulting based in Phoenix-Cave Creek AZ. For more about market research, economic feasibility and design-development services for all kinds of resorts, adventure parks and sports facilities, you can reach them at 480-488-3382 or email email@example.com or go to www.jeffcoy.com.
|Also See:||Construction Report: 18 Hotel Waterparks in USA Open in 2009 / Jeff Coy and Amanda McDaniel / November 2009|
|World Hotel Waterpark Construction Report; 11 Hotel Waterparks Open in Asia Pacific & Middle East in 2009 / Jeff Coy & Amanda McDaniel / November 2009|