n our Dream
Facility, guests are the happy “victims” of a dramatic
shipwreck, washed up on the sunny shores of an isolated tropical
island. This paradise is filled with aquatic adventures, jungle
animals, lush scenery, secret grottos and exciting escapades. The
overall waterpark resort consists of a multistory hotel, a
125,000-square-foot hexagonal indoor waterpark and a 7-acre outdoor
waterpark adjacent to a natural beach area.
The adventure begins
the moment guests enter the resort lobby. As they check in at the
front desk, they come upon the Endless Adventure River, complete
with waterfalls and pools that flow into the river. The endless
river lives up to its name, transporting them nearly a mile
pasthotel rooms, the resort lobby, and the indoor and outdoor
waterparks. Hallway bridges cross the river to provide guests
access to their rooms. The river divides in the lobby to the indoor
and outdoor waterparks. Guests cruise below the lush waterfalls of
Mt. Thunder and evade interactive animated animals that playfully
spray and splash them. The outdoor river splits again for two
different adventure river experiences: Dark and spooky through the
Creepy Cavern, or wild and fast down Plummet Falls.
In Creepy Cavern,
people can explore the grottos of this mysterious island paradise.
The right fork of the outdoor Endless Adventure River curves near
the idyllic natural beach, but then winds into Creepy Cavern. The
cavern is filled with special effects, including fog, animatronics,
sound and lightning. This is a dark and thrilling experience, not
for the faint of heart. Riders earn their rites of passage to the
wave pool on the other side.
At Plummet Falls,
visitors are treated to a breathtaking raft ride. First, an uphill
river ride conveyor transports them to an elevated river level.
From there, they take an exhilarating trip down Plummet Falls, a
slide flume consisting of rapids and pools, down into the adventure
river, which weaves past the remainder of the outdoor waterpark and
back into the hotel.
Visible from the
lobby is the versatile Lava Lagoon, an 11,000-square-foot, indoor
wave pool. At the back of the lagoon is majestic Mt. Thunder, a
“volcano” with lighting, smoke and sound to indicate
the start of the wave pool. A 50-foot-wide water screen over Lava
Lagoon provides continuous projected entertainment. It continues
even after the waterpark is closed, when a colorful water light
show synchronized with wide-screen images projected in the darkened
waterpark takes the spotlight. Through the center of Mt. Thunder
runs a four-lane speed slide with more special effects. Other sides
of Mt. Thunder include a stage area for theatrical productions and
Cascading Cliff rock climbing on other faces.
And who can resist
the hotbed of activity at the multilevel indoor water-slide
complex? It includes starting platforms at 32 feet and 45 feet, two
tube slides, two body slides, one tube bowl, one oscillating tube
slide, one body bowl, one uphill/downhill water ride, and the
four-lane speed slide. Next to the water-slide complex, pick up a
gourmet lunch at Surf-N-Turf Café. Lounge on the deck of the
café overlooking the indoor surf machine ride. Surfing
beginners and experts alike will be trying out this challenging
Castaway Cove, a
swim-up bar, is located partially indoors, partially outdoors
underneath the elevated sun deck. The sun deck is adjacent to large
glass panels, which make up two walls of the hexagon. The lower
section of the glass walls open for transparent access between the
indoor and outdoor waterpark.
Near Castaway Cove
is the 13,000-square-foot Paradise Pool, with sunning shelves and
two secluded spa islands. Lining the beach of this pool are themed
and elevated “tiki hut” cabanas. Guests can rent
cabanas for a daily getaway within the waterpark. Each cabana is
outfitted with tables, chairs and deck loungers. The slower pace of
Paradise Pool is the perfect place to relax, immersed in sunlight
and the sights of this picturesque getaway.
Castaways can even
have their own treehouses under the indoor waterpark canopy.
Perched 30 feet above the indoor waterpark are six
1,200-square-foot, themed family suites. To reach these high-demand
suites from the hotel, guests cross a unique suspension bridge.
Each of the suites offers a birds-eye view of waterpark activity
during the day and the light show at night. Beachfront suites,
situated along the shoreline, also are available at premium
Outside, a full day
of fun awaits at the outdoor water-slide complex. Starting from the
twin 55-foot-high towers, guests have several ways to get down: the
inline boat ride, family raft ride, tube slide, oscillating tube
slide or the vertical winged tube ride. Depending on patrons’
slide choice, they may arrive at Shipwreck Coast or down Plummet
Falls. Each adventure is sure to supercharge the senses of those
Guests also can
escape to the hot springs in the Jade Jungle, an outdoor spa
garden. The jungle is secluded on the quiet side of the outdoor
Endless Adventure River.
Patrons can relax in
one of the multilevel cascading spas or a rental cabana, surrounded
by lush green foliage, vibrant flowers and the sounds of tropical
birds. Personal spa services are available in this tranquil
Centrally located in
the outdoor waterpark is Shipwreck Coast, which includes a
concession stand, gift shop, a bar and restroom facilities. This
feature is an automated shipwreck stage located adjacent to the
double outdoor wave pool. Every four hours during operating hours,
guests can experience the dramatic re-enactment of the ship
plunging upon a coral reef and breaking into two pieces. Seamen
abandon the wildly pitching ship by vaulting over the sides, while
the stalwart captain refuses to leave the vessel. After the show,
pieces of treasure “recovered from the deep” are
available for sale at gift shops on the shipwreck. The best view of
the scene is from the 18,000-square-foot double outdoor wave pool.
The wave pool is split for general recreation on one side and
serious waves and surfing on the other side.
As you can see,
there’s no need to leave this resort for any other
entertainment or meals because all can be found here. The only real
decision to make is how long to be a castaway at this island