OWA Parks & Resort revealed updates on their new indoor waterpark, plus their rebranding concept for their amusement park. Originally opened as The Park at OWA in 2017, the resort is transforming its 14-acre amusement park, featuring 23 rides and attractions, as well as a new $70 million-plus waterpark expansion into a tropical paradise named Tropic Falls.
Being inspired with OWA’s meaning of “big water,” which is derived from the Muscogee Creek language, the entire amusement park will now be filled with tropical touches allowing guests to feel like they have stepped into an island paradise. This will include a complete makeover of the front gate and an expansion of tropical theming throughout. Guests can still enjoy the amusement park on weekends during the winter season, even while construction is taking place at the entrance.
Renderings courtesy of OWA Parks & Resorts.
CIEDA President/CEO, Cody Williamson said, “We are incredibly proud of OWA, the direction it’s moving, and the economic impact it continues to have on not only the local community but state as well. With the addition of the new indoor waterpark and the wave pool, we will be creating an additional 400 new jobs for our community. That opportunity, to create such a strong impact for our community, is something we hold to the highest regard.”
The waterpark boasts 100,000 square feet of indoor space featuring a retractable roof and sidewall, a lazy river, and eleven total water slides, including six slides available at the slide tower. One of those slides — Tangerine Scream — is a 75-foot free-fall slide with a drop floor. The waterpark will also feature outdoor amenities including a 30,000-square foot wave pool named Big Water Bay, a surf simulator, private cabana rentals, and an outdoor dining location named Smugglers Café.
Photos courtesy of OWA Parks & Resorts.
“We are so excited to share that upon completion, Tropic Falls will be the only indoor waterpark in the United States with a retractable wall and retractable roof, allowing for the ultimate experience in Coastal Alabama climate control,” said Kristin Hellmich, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for OWA Parks & Resort. “Of course, no waterpark would be complete without a fun, new pal to hang out with. Our new toucan friend is flying in for a new permanent home. We’re so excited for our guests to meet him.”
Tropic Falls has proudly introduced a toucan as their first mascot. As a special treat, guests can vote on their favorite names for this tropical friend or suggest one themselves.
The current projected opening date for the water park is May 2022.