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Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks officials announced today that Soaky Mountain Waterpark will open on Saturday, June 27.
“We can’t wait to unveil our amazing new destination to the public,” says Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark. “It is such a fun place for families and truly features something for all ages to enjoy, all in a beautiful mountain-modern park setting.”
Because of the ongoing situation with coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, waterpark officials are strongly encouraging guests to purchase their daily admission tickets in advance at soakymountainwaterpark.com due to restricted capacity levels. Season pass holders will be accommodated. Masks will be optional in the park and not allowed in or on any water attractions.
Andrews says the leadership team feels comfortable opening since the CDC has stated there is no evidence that the coronavirus can spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. With proper operation, maintenance and disinfection, the virus should be removed or inactivated. The waterpark has also created a Safer at Play program.
Highlights of the new 50-acre Soaky Mountain Waterpark include:
- The Avalaunch — This first-of-its kind watercoaster has four flying saucers that create a drop-and-dive sensation and one wave curved wall.
- Soaky Surge — This massive 35,000 square foot wave pool is capable of generating waves up to 6 feet high.
- Black Bear Rapids — This not-so-lazy river adventure encompasses 24,000 square feet to float the day away.
- The Hive — This bee-themed play-and-spray feature has countless hands-on activities for younger children.
- Boomers Bay — This super fun kid activity pool area has smaller versions of the adult-size towering slides including Lil’ Rattlers and Mini Mayhem so kids can experience the thrills and chills of the waterpark on their level.
- Cabana pool — This 3,800 square foot flat-water cabana pool is perfect for those who simply want to relax poolside.
- Hang 10essee — This double FlowRider ensures everyone has an opportunity to catch a wave.
The brand new waterpark also has additional slides, including two five-person raft rides; a tubing tower with five flumes; two high-intensity body slides; and a four-lane, head-first mat racing challenge to satisfy everyone’s racing desires. Some of the slides feature translucent tubes which create a swirling array of light effects and others are themed in colors like the Rainbow’s Revenge, which features all of the colors of the rainbow, and the American Racer’s Rush which has red, white and blue stars and stripes.
The creators of the park also wanted to offer some unique food options, so they let their imaginations run wild. Building upon the popularity of food trucks, they went on a nationwide search to find some noteworthy vehicles, and they found them.
In Montana, they purchased a 1954 AEC (Chassis) Regent III with Park Royal Vehicles Bodywork, which in its day, was double decker bus for the London Transit System. It will now be home to Tacolicious, serving up Mexican favorites on the bottom level. It will offer seating on the upper level overlooking the waterpark and the Smoky Mountains. The truck will be located next to Black Bear Rapids. The other truck was purchased in Illinois and is now going to be home to the Rolly Macaroni food and beverage outlet, which will be serving up all sorts of mac and cheese with unique twists! It will be located by Soaky Surge.
Season passes are on sale now
Season admission passes are on sale now through June 26 for only $99.99 and include both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Daily admission tickets are $44.99 for anyone above 42 inches and $39.99 for anyone under 42 inches. Children ages three and up require a ticket.
The waterpark will be open through Labor Day with additional select days being considered through mid-September. Wilderness at the Smokies guests can purchase discounted admission for up to $20 off daily admission tickets.
Andrews adds that the waterpark officials have decided to postpone their grand opening celebration to the start of the 2021 season, opting for a a soft opening in 2020.
“We want to throw a big celebration to mark the opening of this fabulous waterpark,” says Andrews. “But for right now, we will have to wait and practice responsible social distancing and other safety precautions outlined in our Safer at Play Program.”
The new waterpark cost nearly $90 million to construct and will have nearly 500 full- and part-time job employees. It is anticipated to draw over 400,000 visitors annually, of which 100,000 will be new visitors to Sevier County. It is also expected to increase the average nightly stays in the region while generating approximately $400,000 annually in Tourism Development Zone Tax.
Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks currently owns and operates Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, and Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Lodge, and Wilderness on the Lake, Wild Rock Golf Course, Sundara Spa and Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells.
The waterpark will be open from 10 am to 7 pm and is located at 175 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville.
Wilderness at the Smokies guests who purchase tickets and season pass holders will be able to enjoy a sneak preview of the park on Thursday, June 25 from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday, June 26 from 10 am to 6 pm.
For more information visit SoakyMountainWaterpark.com.
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