Located in Kansas City, Schlitterbahn Vacation Village is the newest attraction in the Schlitterbahn family of waterparks and resorts. Built at a cost of $750 million (€508m), the year-round facility opened this spring and combines retail, dining, entertainment and lodging.
waterpark elements, supplied in-house by NBGS, are linked by Schlitterbahn’s trademark Transportainment river system, so guests can float in tubes from one attraction to the next without ever leaving the water.
The first phase of the waterpark includes 16 individual attractions encompassing 24 slides and chutes. A signature attraction is Torrent River, the world’s longest tidal wave river. Torrent Beach, meanwhile, is a wave pool including the best beach in Kansas ..well the only beach in Kansas! Situated in between Torrent Beach and Torrent River is the island Torrent Cove.
High-octane attractions include Storm Blaster, a Master Blaster water coaster; Bahnzai Pipeline, a 42ft-tall open-air tube ride; Black Knight, a dark fully-enclosed coiled slide; Der Bahn, a black tunnel slide; Comal Express, a downhill mat slide; Blitz Falls Tube Chute, a fast-flow river ride; Loopy Luge, a very fast open-air mat slide through turns and short tunnels; and Raging River Tube Chute, with its series of rapids and channels.
Families with smaller children will enjoy Kinderhaven Kids’ Area, a shallow water playground that includes 10 mini-slides and is separated from the rest of the park by shaded seating and open-sun lounging areas. Kids can also enjoy a range of interactive water features, plus the relaxing Kristal River and Kristal Beach.
Guests wanting to take it really easy can float on over to Henry’s Hideout Hot Tub Bar, is a giant hot tub incorporating a swim-up refreshment bar and in-water seating.
“Schlitterbahn Vacation Village offers a unique collection of trademark experiences that cannot be found at other waterparks throughout the Midwest United States,” notes project executive Michael Catcott.