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Encyclopedia > Waterpark
Fun at a waterpark in a wave pool
Fun at a waterpark in a wave pool
Aerial view of Sunway Lagoon, a popular waterpark in Malaysia.
Aerial view of Sunway Lagoon, a popular waterpark in Malaysia.
See: List of waterparks (for a list of all waterparks in the world)

A waterpark is an amusement park that features waterplay areas, such as water slides, splash pads, spraygrounds (water playgrounds), lazy rivers, or other recreational bathing, swimming, and barefooting environments. Waterparks in more current states of development may also be equipped with some type of artificial surfing or bodyboarding environment such as a wave pool or a FlowRider. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Casual lingering in a swimming pool. ... Casual lingering in a swimming pool. ... A wave pool in use. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 594 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1712 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 594 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1712 pixel, file size: 1. ... Aerial view of Sunway Lagoon, a popular Water Park in Malaysia. ... Theme park redirects here. ... A water slide A water slide is a type of slide or tube designed for warm-weather or indoor recreational use, typically with water pumped to its top and allowed to flow down its surface, although some may simply be wet. ... Urban beach style splash pad located within the municipal swimming baths of Torontos High Park A splash pad is an area for water play that has no standing water. ... A Lazy River is a water ride found in many amusement parks or water parks. ... Children bathing in a small metal bathtub Bathing is the immersion of the body in fluid, usually water, or an aqueous solution. ... Swimmer redirects here. ... Walking barefoot Going barefoot means not wearing shoes, socks, or other foot covering. ... For other uses, see Surfing (disambiguation). ... Bodyboarder in a barrel at Oahu North Shore Bodyboarding is a form of wave riding. ... A wave pool in use. ... The FlowRider aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Freedom of the Seas A Flowrider® or Flow Rider® is an artificial sheet wave surfing environment incorporated in many waterparks and hotels. ...

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Evolution of waterparks

Waterparks have grown in popularity since their introduction in the late 1940's. The United States has the largest and most concentrated waterpark market, with over a thousand waterparks and dozens of new parks opening each year. Major organizations are IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) and WWA (World Waterpark Association).


Waterparks emerging from spas continue to more closely resemble mountain resorts as they become four-season destinations. Therefore the whole amusement and leisure time industry is getting even more concentrated as the winter sports are mixing up with the summertime water rides - in time and space. A process of concentration can be observed in the hybrid segments of theme-, amusement-, and waterparks. Some waterparks are more spa-oriented, e.g. Schwaben Quellen, a member of European Waterparks Association (EWA) has no water slides, but instead has lots of saunas, steam rooms, "adventure showers", and relaxation-oriented waterplay areas.


Indoor waterparks

Main article: Indoor waterpark

The first ever indoor waterpark was built in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1985 at the West Edmonton Mall as part of the $1.2 billion dollar Phase III expansion. Called World Waterpark, it is over 225,000 sq in the United States is the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells which opened in May 2000. In December 2007 the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH will open an addition to their waterpark making it a total of 173,000 square feet. An Indoor Waterpark is like a water park, except it is indoors, so they can be open 365 days a year, rain or shine. ... An Indoor Waterpark is like a water park, except it is indoors, so they can be open 365 days a year, rain or shine. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... West Edmonton Mall (WEM), located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is the largest shopping mall in North America and the third largest in the world. ... World Waterpark, West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark pool World Waterpark is North Americas largest indoor waterpark with a size of over 2 hectares (5 acres). ...


The premier UK indoor waterpark is the Sandcastle Waterworld at Blackpool, England which has the Master Blaster, the world's longest indoor roller coaster-style ride. Sandcastle Waterworld Blackpool The Sandcastle Waterworld at South Beach Blackpool in the North West of England is the premier UK waterpark. ... Blackpool is a seaside town in England, on the coast of the Irish Sea. ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ...


Waterpark-like spaces

Spaces that are similar to waterparks include urban beaches, and splash pads, and smaller waterplay areas such as waterslides in many hotels and public pools. For example, the Delta Chelsea hotel in Toronto features a four story waterslide called the "corkscrew". A jogger cools off at the splash fountains in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge and Dundas Square (multiple exposure picture). ... Urban beach style splash pad located within the municipal swimming baths of Torontos High Park A splash pad is an area for water play that has no standing water. ... The Delta Chelsea The Delta Chelsea is hotel located in Toronto, Ontario and the largest one in Canada. ...


See also

Theme park redirects here. ...

External links

  • International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
  • H2O Parks - Your one stop waterpark solution
  • World Waterpark Association

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