As the days draw closer to the official start of the summer waterpark season, the newly named Cowabunga Canyon in southwest Las Vegas is wrapping up a multi-million dollar offseason improvement program to create a fresh, new look and improved overall guest experience.
The former Wet ‘n Wild has been transformed into a setting best described as “wild west canyon” featuring the popular colors of the southwest — coppers, gold and silvers.
More than 25 attractions also have been renamed to reflect the new western canyon feel. The popular Zip, Zap Zoom is now Boot, Scoot & Boogie while others have been renamed Boomer Wrangler, Deuce’s Wild, Ricochet Racer, Piñata Falls and Buckaroo Bayou. A 1959 Cadillac Eldorado will be the main focus of the newly themed Cadillac Shores wave pool.
“It’s like walking into an all-new waterpark,” says Shane Huish, Regional Manager of Cowabunga Canyon. “Our guests are really going to like the new look and feel.”
Huish adds the waterpark has upgraded the mechanical systems at several of its attractions to ensure their continuous operations. It also has doubled its employee base and implemented all-new training programs.
As for the waterpark’s food-and-beverage operations, Cowabunga Canyon invested in new, higher-performing kitchen equipment and doubled the number of service windows to increase each outlet’s service levels. A new point-of-sale program, including a new season pass wristband for cash-free purchases, also will improve each outlet’s ability to serve guests in a more timely fashion, Huish says.
Two new food-and-beverage outlets, a Chicken Strip & Fry Shop and a funnel cakes booth, will be added in early summer.