Archive for Thursday, July 16, 2009

Several hundred people visit Schlitterbahn waterpark on first day of soft opening

July 16, 2009


Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark opened Thursday for a sneak peek, in anticipation of what officials hope is the official opening of the park on Saturday.

Finishing touches still are being made to the park, centerpiece of a new 300-acre, $412 million multi-use development in Kansas City, Kan.

The most popular attractions on Thursday proved to be tube rides on an 1,800-foot river, and sliding down an enclosed water slide. But the Torrent River, which Schlitterbahn marketing director Chris Ozimek describes as “the world’s largest tidal wave river,” and the Black Knight waterslide were only two of eight attractions available.

Ozimek estimated that the number of people who visited the park Thursday was in the hundreds. They were greeted by other attractions, including the Bahnzai Pipeline, a 42-foot tall waterslide; the Kinderhaven children’s water activity area, with a giant fountain and 10 mini-slides; and Henry’s Hideout Hot Tub Bar, a bar surrounded by a large hut tub.

“This is great. I love it,” said Kansas City resident Donna Summer, who used to live in Texas, the home of the original Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, as well as two other locations in Galveston and South Padre islands. “This will be good, if not better (than the Texas locations), but it just takes time. I’ve had so much fun.”

The soft opening of Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark will continue 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until the park officially opens. Discounted admission price is $19.99 for all guests ages 3 and older. For more information, contact the park at (913) 312-3110.

Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark is at 1709 N. 98th St., in Kansas City, Kan.


zettapixel 8 years, 9 months ago

That's South Padre Island and there's no way a Schlitterbahn in Kansas will ever be better than the original in New Braunfels. ;)

BigPrune 8 years, 9 months ago

Attractions like this one is a perfect example of why Lawrence is falling behind other communities. If someone had proposed something like this in Lawrence, the weird people would be out in force protesting and threatening such a person. One big reason why Lawrence sucks. One big reason why Lawrence is dying.

blindrabbit 8 years, 9 months ago

Zetta: Of course "Everything is Better in Texas"; for the Kansas location to equal or outdo the Texas locations they would have to replace the water with typical Texas Bull Manure

kansasmutt 8 years, 9 months ago

This is the new park that hired all the workers from texas and didnt use local labor ( this is what i hear from union guys) Support your Local Workers !!!!!!! Can anyone clear this up for us please ?

kansasfire911 8 years, 9 months ago

Kansasmutt- I heard the same thing that Non union labor is being used from Texas and I beleive Arkansas. Whatever your beleifs are on union or no union, we should use local labor. Thousands of people in Kansas that have the skills are out of a job and the sh!tterbomb is using people from another state, what the hell?

LogicMan 8 years, 9 months ago


Since their business depends on their water, I'm sure they treat their water very well. But thing do do happen. :-)

Any environmental scientists out there? Does all that aeration from the water features help reduce such problems?

Curtis Lange 8 years, 9 months ago

Schlitterbahn hired local workers... I'm acquaintances with a few people who work there. Management might have been hired from Texas, put hourly wage associates low on the totem pole sure weren't.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 9 months ago

wow, Donna Summer lives in KC, man! think we could get her to sing in Lawrence? have to get a discoball, everybody break out the disco clothes! yaay!

ralphralph 8 years, 9 months ago

We've been to the "original" in Texas, and it is a top-rate park. Given time to get this one built and running smoothly, I'll think it will be a great addition to NE Kansas.

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