Regional Update: North America - June 2019
New York Adds Large Indoor Water Park Resort
One of the largest indoor water park resorts in New York state opened in Monticello that includes 324 all-suite rooms, an arcade, a spa, and eight restaurants and bars. The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark sits adjacent to Resorts World Catskills, a new casino that opened a year ago. (Although separately owned, developers believe the proximity will create synergy that appeals to potential visitors of all ages.)
Water slides from ProSlide include “The Krakken” two-rider tube slide, the “Jiggerty-Jaggerty” racing mat slide, and the “Time Warp” two-rider slide that shoots through a dark tunnel and into the wide-open expanse of a huge saucer. The “Nor’easter” is a family raft ride, accommodating up to four riders, in which the rafts soar up a huge wall before dropping back down into a spillout.
The park also features a surfing simulator called “Endless Summer” and a water adventure playground named “Kartrite Island,” offering 100 water experiences, including water slides and a tipping bucket. “Empire Bay” is a lazy river set among thick vegetation.
Kartrite says the indoor water park planned by Aquatic Development Group (ADG), is covered by the world’s largest Texlon transparent roof and is heated to 84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
Branson’s Aquarium at the Boardwalk Breaks Ground
A new $51 million aquarium has a planned opening for summer 2020 in Branson, Missouri.
The 46,000-square-foot Aquarium at the Boardwalk facility developed by Kuvera Partners through its affiliate, Branson Entertainment Center — Branson LLC will be designed by PGAV Destinations of St. Louis and built by Crossland Construction Co. of Columbus, Kansas.
The aquarium will feature a submarine voyage that will take guests underwater to view the marine life and offer the opportunity to have a photo taken with a man-made larger-than-life giant Pacific octopus. In the aquarium’s “Jelly Fish Infinity Room,” visitors will watch bioluminescent jellyfish in a color-changing environment guests control.