Once complete the first phase of the $750 million year-round lodging, entertainment and retail destination park will include 13 signature attractions encompassing more than 24 slides and chutes.

Sneak Peek attractions include:

  • Bahnzai Pipeline, a 42-foot-tall tower featuring an open-air tube ride; the
  • Black Knight, a dark tube slide;
  • Henry’s Hideout Hot Tub Bar; and the
  • Kinderhaven Kids’ Area. The completed park will also include the
  • Torrent River, the world’s longest tidal wave river, and the
  • Kristal River lazy river, as well as the
  • Storm Blaster, a Master Blaster water coaster. Attractions are connected via Schlitterbahn’s signature Transportainment River System.

“We are excited to unveil our innovative collection of water rides and attractions as we continue to prepare for our inaugural 2009 season,” explained Michael Catcott, project executive for the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, in a press release. “The Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark offers a unique collection of trademark experiences that cannot be found at other waterparks throughout the Midwest. Our new park delivers an entirely new experience to the Kansas City region, and we look forward to entertaining new legions of fans this summer.”

Additional 2009 opening schedule and ticketing information will be announced soon and new retail, lodging and other entertainment elements will be introduced during further phases through 2011. Retail includes a Scheels sporting goods emporium – 221,000 square feet of sophisticated specialty shops ranging from technical running gear and the latest fashion sportswear to spectacular hunting and fishing shops; and a

landscaped Riverwalk featuring lush foliage and winding walkways with year-round destination shopping, dining and entertainment. Vacation Village will feature more than 1,100 lodging accommodations including a unique Treehaus Resort with elevated pods, waterfront cabins, and a full-service hotel– all integrated within waterpark attractions.

The Kansas project is the first expansion outside of Texas for the family-owned and operated Schlitterbahn group of waterparks. Schlitterbahn currently operates three Texas waterparks – Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark in South Padre Island, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark in Galveston Island, and the award-winning flagship waterpark at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels.