Friday, December 19, 2008

Southeast's Largest Indoor Waterpark Opens at Wilderness at the Smokies

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Winter weather won't stop the family fun in East Tennessee with today's opening of the southeast's largest indoor water park at Wilderness at the Smokies.

Named the Wild WaterDome, the new indoor waterpark spans more than 60,000 square feet with a see-thru, energy-efficient Foil Tec roof that lets guests tan indoors year-round. The facility features the Smokies SurfRider, Tennessee's only surfing simulator. The Surf Rider uses 50,000 gallons of water a minute to create a continuously moving sheet of water on which people can surf or boogie board. “It's like riding an ocean wave, but indoors,” says David McGregor, general manager of Wilderness at the Smokies. “Parents and kids alike will love the thrill of riding a wave in a safe and controlled environment.”

The Wild WaterDome also includes the Storm Chaser, a four-person tube slide that begins with a 58-foot drop into a giant orange-and-white funnel where riders swoosh back and forth up the sides of the funnel. Other activities at the waterpark, which is reserved exclusively for resort guests, include a 10,000-square-foot wave pool, two tube slides, an indoor/outdoor hot spa, a multi-level play structure with a gigantic dumping bucket and 50-plus play-and-spray features. Plus, there is a special toddler area with mini-slides and a swing tree.

Wilderness at the Smokies, the region's first full-service waterpark resort, also unveiled the property's 472 multi-room suites conveniently connected to the Wild WaterDome. The units include three different floor plans ranging from one to three-bedrooms designed to accommodate up to 16 guests. “The enthusiasm for our resort has been tremendous,” says McGregor. “We are already sold out for several days over Christmas break and we are receiving more and more reservations daily.”

Wilderness at the Smokies is located in one of the nation's most popular vacation destinations in the scenic foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Phase I of the resort opened in June 2008 with a 234-room hotel and outdoor waterpark adjacent to the 240,000-square-foot Sevierville Events Center. The resort will be unveiling a second outdoor waterpark next to the Wild WaterDome in the summer of 2009. The developers are the owners of Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, America's Largest Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells. For more information on the resort or for reservations, visit or call 1-800-867-WILD (9453).

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