Surfing came to central Wisconsin last year at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. The 150-acre, Greek-themed megapark in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., opened the $7 million Poseidon’s Rage, a massive surf pool with soaring
Poseidon’s Rage is only the second pool of
its kind in the nation, yet it boasts the largest wave. At nearly
50,000 square feet and a maximum occupancy of 4,000, it’s the
largest pool in the Midwest.
Waves roll in at a constant pace of 9-foot swells
every 90 seconds. For guests who are not up the challenge of
tackling a 9-foot wave, private islands offer the perfect spot to
sit back and watch all the action. The pool also may be cleared of
guests for surfers to ride the simulated wave on
The wave pool addition at the park complements the
water-slide complex opened in 2005. This massive tower supports
raft and body slides, along with a conveyor belt to transport the
tubes. Triton’s Fury is a 340-foot-long family raft ride;
Triton’s Rage is a second multiperson raft ride with a
550-foot descent and several twists and turns; and Triton’s
Challenge is a 350-foot, side-by-side, six-lane downhill racer.
These rides are particularly high profile because they face the
Wisconsin Dells Parkway, the busiest stretch of highway through the
“Waterpark Capital of the World.”
In developing Poseidon’s Rage, several
challenges arose. Wisconsin had never seen a pool of this magnitude
before, so the state approval process was tougher than usual.
Another unique challenge was the fast turnaround time required. The
idea for the surf pool was conceived by Mt. Olympus owner Nick
Laskaris in November 2006 at an industry trade show, and the
project was coordinated and fast-tracked so that Mt. Olympus’
summer visitors could ride the wave. Construction began in February
and the pool was opened June 30, 2007.
To celebrate the grand opening, experienced
surfers were invited to perform for the large crowd of waterpark
guests. Using their regular surfboards with fins to negotiate the
waves, the pros reported amazement at how close it came to real
ocean waves. Today the park has the capacity to hold surfing
contests and offer private lessons.
With 165 acres of entertainment, including 37
water slides, seven dry roller coasters, nine go-kart tracks,
bumper cars and boats, an indoor theme park and the Bay of Dreams
(a 50,000-square-foot indoor waterpark), Mt. Olympus exemplifies a
growing industry trend: the merging of water and amusement parks.
With such a wide range of activities at one convenient location,
families are flocking to these venues. By adding Poseidon’s
Rage, the award-winning Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Resort has
solidified its position as a major recreation destination in the
Wisconsin Dells market.