This is a MUCH NEEDED attraction for the waterpark. The place hasn't received anyhing new since the waterpark was an upcharge attraction over 18 years ago. As long as the pool isn't called "Whitewater Wavepool" or "Wavepool along Highway 101".
I'm glad we're finally getting an upgrade. It's much needed.
Also it looks like we're getting cabanas. We've been told that the expansion will be announced on October 15th. Ugh, another 10 days. It confuses me how they aren't announcing it until then, but many people have already heard radio ads, and there are ads in the park itself. I'm disappointed.
I was at the park Saturday and saw the large hole where the new wave pool was going. The sign there actually said it was a wave pool. It looks like it could be a VERY long wave pool, and looks to be fairly narrow. Or could just be the cabanas are going to be on one end, and the pool much shorter. Hopefully it will be something different then just a normal wave pool.. I'd like to see body surfing or boogie boards, but highly doubt that would ever happen.
Looks like we will say goodbye to Whitewater Country and hello to Soak City!
2009 - Wavepool / Soak City - Confirmed - (10/10/08) CoasterKarma has posted the announcement from Valleyfair that not only will the park add a new large wave pool next year (34,000 sq-ft, 200 feet of “beach frontage”) with cabana rental service, but they will also change the name of the waterpark from Whitewater Country to Soak City
So what I'm thinking that is it will be a good sized wavepool.
"Heres information about Valleyfairs new water attraction...
"Valleyfair has announced a new 350,000-gallon wave pool and other amenities to its waterpark. Earlier this season, the park removed its log flume from the park to make way for the new attraction. Riders over labor day weekend 2008 were treated to their last rides on the family water ride, as it was closed for good on labor day. Since September, Valleyfair has deconstructed the ride, leaving open a giant hole visible from Highway 101 in Shakopee. The New Wave Pool will total 34,000 square feet with nearly 200 feet of “beach frontage” (shall end width) to give guests plenty of space to sunbathe as they watch the waves roll in on the zero-depth entry. At its widest point in the deep end, the wave pool will measure 75 feet. Its maximum depth will be six feet.
Valleyfair will also offer cabana rentals around the new wave pool to enhance the guest experience. The cabanas will shelter guests from the hot summer sun and will include food and beverage service. Other amenities that will be added include a new bathhouse with private changing and shower areas, tube and cabana rentals, fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo rentals, a new merchandise and new food stand.
The addition of the new wave pool and other amenities will bring the waterpark’s size to just over seven acres, which is almost double the size of the existing waterpark. Also new in 2009, Valleyfair will change the name of it’s waterpark to Soak City. Whitewater Country, as it is called today, currently offers guests body and speed slides, a family rafting ride, and a raging rapids whitewater rafting tube ride. They also offer a splash station for the youngsters. 2009 will also bring in the start of Valleyfair’s 33rd season, beginning in May. The complete 2009 operating schedule will be posted on Valleyfair’s website in the near future."
We'll have coverage at VFZ of the full announcement when the official press release is made. Props to Coaster Karma! I've never heard of the site actually before today.
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