The first of the recent Kalahari Resorts project completed with ProSlide attractions was Kalahari Resorts Poconos, which in March of 2017 officially became the largest indoor water park in the U.S., at 220,000 square feet. Todd Nelson, owner of Kalahari Resorts and Convention Centers, broke his own record. Up until early March 2017 the largest indoor water park in the U.S. – at 173,000 square feet – was Kalahari’s Sandusky, Ohio resort. “It’s so wonderful to create America’s largest indoor water park,” proclaims Nelson, “and it’s actually the third time we’ve done that!”
The Poconos “Phase II” expansion included 8 new ProSlide rides, a wave pool, lazy river, and more.
This was followed by Kalahari Resorts Wisconsin Dells, which debuted their new ride, “The Smoke that Thunders,” on Memorial Day 2017. It’s an iconic ProSlide BehemothBOWL 40/TornadoWAVE 60 hybrid ride, with rafts that sweep up and across the curved wall, climbing higher and hanging in zero gravity longer than any other wall on the market.
And finally in 2017 (also right around Memorial Day) Kalahari showed off 5 new ProSlide rides at Kalahari Resorts Sandusky. The new rides include another ProSlide TornadoWAVE 45, along with a massive ProSlide FlyingSAUCER 30 that moves at lightning speed, tubes banked high up on the wall, glued by centrifugal force, the steep angle of the saucers creating a ‘drop-and-dive’ sensation as riders race along its edge. These are joined by a hybrid TORNADO 24/TORNADO 24 combo, a ProSlide TWISTER and TurboTWISTER.
Kalahari chose ProSlide rides due to the company’s relationships. According to Nelson, “We’ve had a good partnership for a lotta, lotta years. They’re exclusive in our Pennsylvania project, so every single ride out there is a ProSlide product. We’re very pleased with them. ProSlide’s impacted my bottom line a lot. You know, the indoor water park is the reason people come…and for us to have the latest, greatest, and the best things out there it’s crucial. Another thing I just love that ProSlide does is that when you get a date from ProSlide, you’re opening up. No matter what they have to do, we will open up.”