Thursday, November 30, 2023

New Family Wave Pool Coming to Idlewild & SoakZone for 2011 Season

LIGONIER, Pa., — Summer thrill seekers are invited to “catch a wave” this season at Idlewild & SoakZone ( when the park debuts an exciting new addition to its waterpark. A multi-million dollar family wave pool will replace Idlewild’s aging swimming pool built in 1931.

“This wave pool is a thrilling addition that will take the excitement of the SoakZone to a whole new level for our Guests,” said Jeff Croushore, park spokesperson. “This attraction’s appeal to kids and adults will help bolster Idlewild’s reputation of being one of the best parks for the entire family!”

Following intermittent periods of calm water conditions, a signal will sound and the pool will generate waves at timed intervals, allowing swimmers to ride the tide. The park plans to keep the velocity of the waves at a level that will offer a thrill to older guests but still allow younger children to enjoy the fun.

The new pool will feature a zero depth entry at its shallow end and a depth of 6 ft. at its deepest, with the following additional statistics:

* Water Capacity: 280,600 gallons

* Total Water Volume: 7,508 cu. ft.

* Water Surface Area: 14,728 sq. ft.

* Deep End Width: 70 ft.

* Shallow End Width: 137 ft.

* Pool Length: 182 ft.

The “beach” area surrounding the wave pool will feature chaise lounges offered first-come, first-served, and cabanas that guests may rent as a shady spot to escape the summer sun.

Founded in 1878 as a simple picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, Idlewild & SoakZone ( is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and third-oldest in America.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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