November 19, 2009
Dollywood’s Splash Country and West Edmonton Mall’s World Waterpark Honored as Top Waterpark Attractions of 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada (United States)—Two attractions won the title of 2009 Must-See Waterparks on Wednesday, Nov. 18, during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009. The award recognizes outstanding waterparks throughout the world which provide visitors with unique and memorable experiences, top-notch guest service, operations, and safety.
Dollywood’s Splash Country won first place and West Edmonton Mall’s World Waterpark was honored as runner-up during the Waterpark Meet-and-Greet, which kicked off the Waterpark & Resort education program at the Expo. The program is sponsored by American Locker Security Systems Inc., ProSlide Technology Inc., and Whitewater West Industries Ltd. Awards are judged by the IAAPA Waterpark Committee, made up of waterpark operators and managers from around the world.
“Both Splash Country and World Waterpark are well-deserving and truly go above-and-beyond when putting the customer first,” says Andy Maurek, assistant manager of safety operations at Hyland Hills Water World in Colorado and chair of the IAAPA Waterparks Committee.
Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, United States, opened in 2001 in Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains. Its attractions include “The Cascades” leisure pool, themed with rock grottos and bubbling fountains; “Downbound Float Trip,” a more than half-million gallon-lazy river; “Big Bear Plunge” raft ride; and “The Butterfly” and “Swiftwater Run,” which are large waterslide attractions. The park recently incorporated a cashless wristband payment system and also features shaded “Canopies” and “Retreats”—private areas for guests with lounge chairs, satellite television, ceiling fans, dining tables, and a direct phone line to food and beverage service. Splash Country’s goal is to expand its offerings as technology advances, while still maintaining the Southern hospitality and natural landscape of the Smoky Mountains. www.dollywoodssplashcountry.com
Founded in 1986, World Waterpark in West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is open year-round and features a 2.7 million gallon-wave pool and more than 20 waterslides, including “Howler” and “Sky Screamer,” which propels riders up to 32 miles per hour. The indoor park is viewable from two levels in North America’s largest shopping and entertainment center and entertains more than 560,000 guests each year. Its attractions include a permanent indoor bungee jump, zip line, and indoor fireworks at the park’s annual “New Year’s Eve Family Beach Party.” The facility recently added Caribbean Cove, a 6,000-square-foot interactive waterplay area for families and children, and is plans to add new slides and renovate its changing rooms next. The park is known for creating an 82-degree, year-round beach environment for families on the landlocked Canadian prairies.www.wem.ca/#/play/home/World-Waterpark
Previous winners of the prestigious award include Caribbean Bay in Kyeonggi-Do, South Korea, and Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, USA, in 2008; and Chimelong Waterpark in Guangzhou, China, Splish Splah in Calverton, New York, USA, and Hyland Hills Water World in Denver, Colorado, USA in 2007.
About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “Bright Lights, Big Show: The Main Attraction,” the show takes place for the first time in Las Vegas, and draws industry professionals from more than 85 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The trade show floor is open Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 offers a solid week of business and fun. The event also includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, marquee social events, and networking opportunities. This is the marketplace where amusement and attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries gather to network, view the latest innovations, and plan for the future. For more information, visitwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions.
IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,000 member facilities from 90 countries throughout the world.
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