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As the World Waterpark Association’s (WWA) annual symposium goes virtual this year, H&LA’s David Sangree will be participating an a webinar panel, State of the Industry & Trends for 2021. David and the other panel members will discuss insights on how 2020 has impacted the water leisure industry in myriad ways and how 2021 might

COVID-19 Impact on U.S. Waterparks and Waterpark Resorts

The current COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant negative effect on the waterpark industry. Waterparks play a major role in providing entertainment, supporting job creation, fostering small business opportunities, and contributing to robust economic growth. Due to COVID-19, many outdoor waterparks delayed their season openings while others have decided, or were mandated, not to

Imagine Hotels and Resorts has just announced development of their first resort in Hollister, Missouri! The 575,000-square-foot indoor waterpark resort will be situated on 68 acres within the Hollister city limits, and will feature a wide-array of amenities to attract and entertain multiple generations of families. Congratulations to Imagine Hotels and Resorts on this exciting

Despite COVID-19 concerns, the waterpark industry is still dynamic and poised for growth. The latest article from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), which cites H&LA research, discusses total investment, design trends, new and emerging markets for waterparks, the diversity in development, and the optimism for the future of the industry. Published

Methodology of Waterpark Feasibility Studies

This article explains the major components of a waterpark feasibility study that should be analyzed as part of determining the potential success of a waterpark project.

As many waterparks and aquatic facilities begin to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Waterpark Association has offered some helpful considerations for operators that will help ensure safety among guests. The information provided in these considerations is designed to help operators develop reopening action plans that meet the needs of their

As many attractions struggle amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, this article from Bloomberg news highlights the struggles of a prominent Poconos indoor waterpark as they grapple with closure and further mandates to designed to combat the spread of COVID-19, Published by: Oshrat Carmiel/Bloomberg Published date: May 2020 One of America’s biggest indoor water

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused most waterparks and amusement parks to close or delay their seasonal openings, many operators are offering incentive for guests. One such operator is Schlitterbahn, who is extending their 2020 season passes to cover the 2021 season. We expect many parks and operators will offer similar perks

2020 U.S. and Canada Waterpark and Resort Trends

At the beginning of 2020, the continuing trend of two decades of growth was expected in the waterpark industry. Major projects will open throughout the United States in both the indoor and outdoor waterpark categories totaling over $1 billion in investment in 2020. Fourteen new standalone waterparks and one resort with outdoor waterpark are anticipated

2020 will be a big year for waterparks as construction is underway on a brand new, 223,000 square foot Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, Texas. The resort will come in at $550 million for construction, sit on 350 acres of land, and will be the largest indoor waterpark resort in the U.S. Check out some renderings of

Recreation Management published a great article on the waterpark industry, highlighting H&LA’s research for the 2019 waterpark season. Published by: Dave Ramont, Recreation Management Published date: October 2019 On a hot summer day, it’s pretty safe to say that most people would enjoy some refreshing ice cream. But it’s also a safe bet that many

Congratulations to our client, Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks on the announcement of their newest addition to Wilderness at the Smokies, Soaky Mountain Waterpark. H&LA completed the feasibility study for this expansion and we wish our client best of luck on this exciting expansion in 2020! Published by: Maggie Jones/Knoxville News Sentinel Published date: July 2019

Congrats to EPR Properties on Kartrite Resort! Set to open on Friday, this resort will be the largest waterpark in the state of New York at 80,000 square feet with 11 water attractions and 318,000 gallons of water! Published by: Joseph Spector/Poughkeepsie JournalPublished date: April, 2019 THOMPSON – The Kartrite that’s set to open Friday

Diving into waterpark growth trends in 2019

This article was first published in the April Edition of World Waterpark Magazine For the ever-growing waterpark industry, 2019 will be another year for robust growth as over $1 billion in investment is slated for indoor and outdoor waterparks and their related resorts. We project 21 municipal and private outdoor waterparks will open and three

Waterparks: What’s on Deck in 2018?

Introduction The waterpark industry continues to expand in North America, with more than $1 billion in new investment in indoor and outdoor waterparks and their related resorts in 2018. Nearly 60 expansions and new facilities will open in 2018. We project 14 municipal and eight private outdoor waterparks will open, outpacing 2017’s nine municipal and