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The first Tantrum Tornado opened back in 2007 at Proslide's own water park. That park is near Ottawa, ON on the Quebec side and features a small selection of Proslide slides that are pretty much prototypes. The name is Mont Cascades and it doubles as a skiing resort in winter.

 

The prototype Tantrum was a regular Dark Mammoth, which is Proslide's name for the covered family raft slide. They decided to add the Tantrum funnel to the beginning and on their website, you can see a video showing the construction and the first test riders. http://www.proslide.com/rides_03.php

 

I'm happy that the number of Tantrum sold by Proslide is picking up! They sold 2 in 2008. They went to a waterpark in Korea and a Kidz version to Chimelong Paradise in China. They sold 4 in 2009 with one going to another Korea park, 1 to Magic Waters in IL, 1 to Splish Splash in NY and 1 to Wet n Wild Emerald Point.

 

2010 is going to be an amazing year for Proslide! They sold 8 Tantrums, including the 3 going to those Great Wolf Lodge. One going to Singapore, another to a place in Scotland, a major version going to Wild Wadi waterpark in Dubai, a clone of the Splish Splash version going to Raging Waters San Dimas, CA. Also, they sold one to Adventureland, IA, which is getting a whole new water park.

 

The rate they're selling them is on par with the Tornado, so its going to be a great success too.

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the triple twist slides aren't tantrums, they are topsey turveys, if you look at mason ohios version, look how short the drop is, but look at geat wolf poconos first funnel drop, much bigger and steeper, all in all great wolf poconos is a tantrum and the rest are topsey turveys.

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I like the look of the third one. That spiral into the second bowl looks really fun. I'm not sure about the first one it seems boring because there isn't any slide its just the funnels! The LED thing sounds interesting. Can't wait for it to open!

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http://www.blooloop.com/PressReleases/Waterparks-World-s-Largest-Waterslide-athon-Great-Wolf-Lodge-Niagara-Falls-attempts-to-break-Guinness-World-Record-/2134

 

On March 26, 2010 all 11 Great Wolf Lodge locations including Ripley’s Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls will participate in an attempt to break a Guinness World’s Record.

 

The Great Wolf Lodge “World’s Largest Waterslide-athon” will take place over 24 consecutive hours with one designated slide per resort. Each slider will count toward breaking the record. The current Guinness World Record for this attempt was set in Germany in 2007 with a total distance of 1357 km. Great Wolf Lodge is working with the Guinness Book of World Records to comply with their rigorous certification standards.

 

But it’s not just about breaking the record. Great Wolf Lodge is continuously committed to supporting charities involving children. In the past, the lodge has donated significant funds to Niagara Children’s Advocacy Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara and Project Share to mention a few.

 

This event is in support of the five Niagara Region Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations. Participants in the Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls “World’s Largest Waterslide-athon” will be asked to donate $1 per slide, with proceeds going to the Niagara Region Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations. Great Wolf Resorts corporate office will be matching each donation across all 11 lodges up to $50,000.

 

In addition, Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls will be matching each donation made in Niagara up to $5,000. All funds raised and matched in Niagara will be donated to the local Big Brother Big Sister organizations.

 

“Join us at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls for Fun in Fundraising as we splash our way to a Guinness World Record as we support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Great Wolf Lodge is proud to be offering this exciting community event at our wonderful waterpark. We invite any and all groups, teams and clubs to join the pack in this worthy cause for one of our communities’ most important organizations,” says Keith Simmonds, General Manager of the lodge.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters and other local groups such as local high schools and businesses will be participating in the event. All rider names will be entered into a number of exciting draws, including a chance to WIN A FREE NIGHT STAY INCLUDING MEALS FOR 4, SCOOPS KIDS SPA AND LOTS OF OTHER GOODIES.

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http://www.blooloop.com/PressReleases/Great-Wolf-Resorts-Announces-Acquisition-of-Controlling-Interest-in-Creative-Kingdoms/2309

 

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. North America's largest family of indoor waterpark resorts, announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Creative Kingdoms, LLC, a developer of experiential gaming products including MagiQuest®, a high-tech, interactive, fantasy entertainment game available at nine Great Wolf Lodge® resorts.

 

The Company has acquired a 62.4% preferred equity interest in Creative Kingdoms in exchange for all of the $8.7 million principal balance, plus accrued interest, of convertible indebtedness owed by Creative Kingdoms to Great Wolf Resorts. The transaction closed on June 7, 2010.

 

"We are very excited to begin the next phase of our relationship with Creative Kingdoms," said Kim Schaefer, Great Wolf Resorts Chief Executive Officer.

 

"Since installing our first MagiQuest game at a Great Wolf resort in 2006, this high-tech, interactive live-action adventure game has become a key attraction for our guests. This acquisition allows us to protect an important proprietary amenity and revenue stream. Additionally, combining Creative Kingdom's remarkable record of imagination and innovation, and its extensive patent portfolio, with our sales and marketing platform should create opportunities to further grow the unique products and expand the MagiQuest platform in the next several years, providing us with an attractive potential return on our investment."

 

"By strengthening our partnership with Great Wolf Resorts, we are well positioned to continue our strategic growth while bringing new products to market," said Denise Weston, President and Chief Imagination Officer at Creative Kingdoms. "We are already experiencing the benefits of this alliance and look forward to ongoing expansion."

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A few weeks ago a hotel and water park was announced for Garden Grove, right down the street from Disney, literally. Well, the operator of the property has finally been revealed: Great Wolf Resorts!

 

GARDEN GROVE – Great Wolf Resorts announced Monday that they will operate a six-acre water park hotel in the city that's a stones throw away from Disneyland.

Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove's International West Resort will be a full-service, family destination resort with 600 suites, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, 100,000 square feet indoor water park and additional indoor entertainment areas and amenities, officials said.

 

The park operator – which touts itself as "North America's largest family of indoor water park resorts" – pushes the water park resort closer to becoming a reality, despite a lawsuit from residents at an RV park, which will have to be eliminated to make room for it.

 

City staff visited a number of the company's properties and were impressed by the operator, said Economic Development Director Chet Yoshizaki.

"They have a good track record and own and operate a number of water park hotels across the country,'' he said. "Not only do they operate a great water park but a number of amenities as part of the hotel that is conducive for kids and families.''

 

Yoshizaki said city officials and the park developer Colorado-based McWhinney agreed that Great Wolf, based in Madison, Wis., would be the most suitable to operate the park.

 

The 10.3-acre site for the $300 million project is near the intersection of Harbor and Garden Grove boulevards, about a mile from Disneyland. Groundbreaking on the project is expected in 2012.

 

Last month, the city paid $1.4 million to buy what city officials called the last piece of land needed to make way for the water park resort.

The purchase meant the Humdinger Bar - a long-time fixture on Harbor Boulevard – will have to move.

 

The development was met with opposition after City Council members unanimously voted in favor of the park in May 2009, setting in motion the development of a 600-room hotel with a three-acre attached water park. The development means the city will have to vacate the Travel Country RV Park. The residents there sued the city in August for fair relocation.

 

In April, council members approved paying McWhinney $42 million upfront after the hotel opens by issuing a bond.

 

The redevelopment agency had originally agreed to pay the amount over a period of 15 years. However, the developer requested the amount in its totality when the hotel opens.

 

City officials estimate that the city will get $8.5 million a year in bed tax, property and sales taxes once the hotel opens. Yoshizaki said the debt will be paid off with those profits and that residents will not see anything on their property tax bills as a result of this bond.

 

That number is based on a 66 percent occupancy rate, which is a conservative estimate for the Orange County resort area, said City Manager Matt Fertal.

He explained how the company's hotels are unique in that they have different themes. In addition, kids who don't utilize the water park still take advantage of multiple programs geared toward children such as games and recreational activities. "It's not just a water park," he said. "It's an all-around good environment for kids."

http://www.ocregister.com/news/park-255324-city-water.html

 

And here is a link to Link a map of the hotel and water park complex.

 

This looks really cool, and will really clean up that end of Harbor!

 

NEWS: I wend ahead and updated the title and subtitle to be a bit more descriptive. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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No one has been posting a reply since march 06 2010 so I will post a video of the poconos double barrel drop, the last funnel resembles white water rafting more than a typical tornado-like ride but it looks fun.

Also a new video of the triple twist and the other topsy turvys just came out.

 

Pretty cool so far.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaSEircEpfA

some vesions of the topsy turvys

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I went on the Tantrums in Aquatica called "Omaka Rocka", they feed quite well like a regular water slide, but what may drive you away is the "pre" line to get an inner-tube because it looks like the line is super long, but it's not.

 

I have to say that these slides are very fun to ride and get you completely soaked (more then usual on a regular inner-tube slide).

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