North America | May 2020
Kings Dominion Plans Water Park Renovations
Kings Dominion plans to make a splash with Coconut Shores, a new area for kids located in its Soak City water park. The park contracted with Aquatic Development Group (ADG) to design and build the 1-acre section. The project involves replacing an older multilevel play structure with a new playground named “Lighthouse Landing.” Featuring more than 200 interactive water features, “Lighthouse Landing” also adds eight kid-friendly slides. Also included in the renovations is ADG’s Mini Harbour, a miniature wave pool for children powered by technology from WaveTek.
ADG says some creative reworking of the former area allowed designers to utilize the foundation of an underused 35,000-square-foot secondary wave pool and add Mini Harbour for the same budget. In a sustainable move, ADG also reutilized filtration and other equipment as well. Additionally, Coconut Shores will offer a new dining experience with assorted cuisines and cocktails for adult guests. ADG notes the section’s natural landscape and mature trees should provide abundant shade for families looking to relax at Soak City.
Great Wolf Lodge Plans to Open First Northern California Location This Summer
Several innovations are planned for the new Great Wolf Lodge east of San Francisco in Manteca, California. Slated to open in the summer, the $180 million resort will feature a 500-room hotel, a 45,000 square-foot family entertainment center, and a water park nearly the size of an NFL football field.
The company’s 19th property will feature a new water slide concept named “Sequoia Splash.” The multiperson raft slide from ProSlide starts with a steep drop into a giant funnel, followed by a speedy 360-degree turn, which then navigates into a giant saucer before plunging into a catch pool.
The resort will also feature an outdoor, zero-entry pool surrounded by rentable cabanas.
Inside, the MagiQuest interactive scavenger-hunt game will open with a completely upgraded mission, shares developer Jordan Itkowitz with Great Wolf Resorts. He tells Funworld a refreshed digital interface—better reflecting Great Wolf’s Northwoods brand—awaits guests.
Nine restaurants, including the new Woods End Creamery ice cream shop, will make up the food and beverage options. General Manager Alana Ostrowski says a team of 600 employees will be hired to operate the new resort.