- Water Park of America
Infobox Water park
name = Water Park of America
caption = North side of Water Park of America. Water slide tubes exit slide tower and re-enter building.
location = Bloomington
location2 = Minnesota
location3 = United States flagicon|USA
The Water Park of America is the 9th largest indoor waterpark in the U.S.. The company that built it claims it is the largest in the U.S.. It is convert|70000|sqft|m2 in size with a slide tower ascending nearly 10 stories. It opened for business in May 2006. Located in Bloomington,
Minnesota, it is a half mile from Mall of Americaand close to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
The water park is attached to the Radisson hotel. Both the hotel and the park are owned and operated by
The Wirth Companies. Water-slide tubes exit and then re-enter the side of the building, giving it a unique look.
The Water Rides
The Water Park of America has a large slide tower, containing several
water slides, and a large open area at the ground level that contains a variety of water rides.
The Slide Tower
The slide tower contains three body slides, two tube slides, and one family slide. Body slides are slides on which riders slide directly on their body, without an innertube. The body slides end with a long straight area containing a few inches of water that stops the slider. The tube slides can be ridden on a two-person tube or a single-person tube and ends when the riders slide into a three-foot deep pool that empties into the Lazy River. The family slide is a tube slide with innertubes that seat up to four people.
The Ground Level
Below the slide tower is a large open area on the ground floor that contains: a
wave pool, a lazy river, a “normal” swimming pool, a small pool with floating "logs" which children leap-frog across, a flow rider, two very large hot-tubs, and a large children's area for smaller children.
wave poolruns for ten minutes and then is turned off for five minutes to let the machine that produces the waves cool. The wave pool is a tapered pool that starts with a beach entry and that gets about five and a half feet deep. It is also the beginning point and the ending point of the lazy river.
lazy riveris three-feet deep and makes a circuit around the outer perimeter of the park. One rides the lazy river on either a one-person or two-person innertube through “caves,” under bridges and waterfalls, past pools, and is eventually dumped back into the wave pool.
swimming pool, also known as the "activity pool," is four feet deep. One end has four basketball hoops where people engage in friendly games of water ball. The other end is for general swimming.
Next to the "normal pool" is a smaller pool that has floating cross-sections of “logs” attached to the floor of the pool like lillie pads. Suspended above the pool is a large cargo net for children to hold onto as the “leap frog” from one floating “log” to another.
The flow rider is a shallow but very fast moving sheet of water, moving from 30-35 miles per hour, that one can surf or “boogie-board” on. The flow rider is convert|3|in|mm deep and the pool surface is foam-padded.
There are two very large
hot tubs in the park. They are designed with a cave-pool theme. They look like pools of water in a cave and have water falls with warm water falling into them.
playgroundarea contains a large playground apparatus with stairs, cargo netting, and slides sitting in a few inches of warmer water. At the top of the playground is a large wooden bucket that slowly fills with water. Once it is full, it dumps a large quantity of water on anyone below it resulting in laughter and excitement from the children. The children’s playground has three small water slides that are designed for small children but which older children and adults also enjoy. The playground contains numerous other water toys and devices.
The water park forbids people from bringing in outside food. All food must be purchased in the park. The water park contains a
cafeteriathat serves pizza, hamburgers, salads, desserts, chips, soda, etc.
Price and Other Accommodations
The prices vary depending on the time of the year, week, and day but generally one can expect to pay $25.99 per person for everyone one-year and older. Prices are higher on Fridays and Saturdays and are about 27.50 compared to a weekday or sunday which is 17.50. Sometimes there is also a cheaper price to go only between 10am and 4pm. Children under one are free. Guests staying at the attached Grand Lodge hotel gets a twenty percent discount to the park. Prices for rooms at the Grand Lodge vary but one can expect to pay around $170 a night.
The water park also provides clean
towels for free.
Northern Lights Arcade
The Northern Lights Arcade is located between the entrance to the Waterpark and the main lobby of the hotel. It is a large arcade primarily consisting of
redemption games. However it also includes old favorites such as PacMan, and Pinballas well as newer games like Initial D, Maximum Tune, and Pump It Up, the most prominent and popular game in the arcade.
Mall of America Lawsuit
Shortly before opening day, the
Mall of Americafiled a lawsuitagainst Water Park of America claiming trademark infringement. The Mall of America claims the water park name is too similar to the Mall of America name and could cause some to associate the two. Forcing them to add the part that says "by Mall of America". The Water Park of America filed a counterclaim in the matter accusing the Mall of America of among other things knowing about Water Park of America's use of the name since the Fall of 2003, encouraging the use of the name, and encouraging the Water Park of America to spend millions of dollars advertising and promoting the name up until March of 2006. Water Park of America went on to claim that the reason Mall of America changed its position became clear in a press release in which the Mall of America announced it was going to build its own water park as part of Phase II. The parties have settled the dispute under confidential terms.
Incidents at Independent parks- list of significant accidents and injuries that have occurred at Water Park of America
* [http://www.waterparkofamerica.com/ Official Site] The Water Park of America official site
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