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November 20, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
A water park company that created the world's first uphill water coaster is ready for its next big thing -- and we really mean "big. " Schlitterbahn is building the world's tallest and fastest water slide in its Kansas City, Kan., park. Verrückt -- which means “insane” in German, will be about 17 stories high, and riders will shoot down it at a minimum speed of 65 mph. It's scheduled to open in May 2014. Company officials aren't releasing the exact height until they consult with the folks from Guinness World Records, Winter Prosapio, corporate director of communications at Schlitterbahn, told the Los Angeles Times.
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December 17, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new water slides coming in 2014 to water parks around the world, but then I realized a number of big attractions have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. Photos: Best new water slides for 2014  | Best new water parks for 2014 It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a good year for water park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
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April 30, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Southern California is long overdue for a water coaster. For the uninitiated, a water coaster is a water park slide that mimics the ups and downs of a traditional roller coaster with the help of conveyor belts, water jets or magnetic propulsion. Photos: Top 10 water coasters in the United States I rode my first water coaster last summer and instantly fell in love. Now I'm desperate to get one within 300 miles of Southern California. My family and I experienced our first water coaster during a cross-country theme park trip last August.
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November 20, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
A water park company that created the world's first uphill water coaster is ready for its next big thing -- and we really mean "big. " Schlitterbahn is building the world's tallest and fastest water slide in its Kansas City, Kan., park. Verrückt -- which means “insane” in German, will be about 17 stories high, and riders will shoot down it at a minimum speed of 65 mph. It's scheduled to open in May 2014. Company officials aren't releasing the exact height until they consult with the folks from Guinness World Records, Winter Prosapio, corporate director of communications at Schlitterbahn, told the Los Angeles Times.
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December 16, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
It already seems that 2014 is shaping up as a great year for water park fans around the world, as a number of new parks teeming with body slides, wave pools and lazy rivers are planned for the United States, Europe and Asia. Photos: Best new water parks for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at domestic and international water parks. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed and new ones announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
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July 19, 1998
The most popular U.S. water parks, with 1997 attendance: 1.) Wet 'n' Wild; Orlando Fla., 1.30 million 2.) Blizzard Beach; Orlando, Fla., 1.26 million 3.) Typhoon Lagoon; Orlando, Fla., 1.26 million 4.) Schlitterbahn; New Braunfels, Texas, 800,000 5.) Raging Waters (pictured at left); San Dimas, Calif., 706,000 6.) Water Country USA; Williamsburg, Va., 630,000 7.) Six Flags Hurricane Harbor; Arlington, Texas, 600,000 8.) Adventure Island; Tampa, Fla., 533,000 9.) White Water; Marietta, Ga.
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July 22, 1991 | TONY PERRY
Gnarly news. If the perfect Artificial Wave for landlocked surfers is created, it figures to be invented at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography by two La Jolla surfers turned entrepreneurs. Sounds right. And then tested at a German-flavored amusement park in the hill country of Texas, near San Antonio. Oh, really? Explanation: The Boogie Bahn, developed by Tom Lochtefeld and Carl Ekstrom through a contract with Scripps, is now in operation.
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April 30, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
By now, everybody knows what to expect from your standard-issue ho-hum water park: body and tube slide complexes with funnels and bowls, deluge-inducing water play towers for the little ones, undulating wave pools and relaxing lazy rivers. Photos: 20 best water parks in the world Pretty much everything you typically find at a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a Great Wolf Lodge resort or any Wet 'n Wild. The best water parks in the world, however, have been busy adding the latest cutting-edge attractions, such as magnetically propelled water coasters, inverted looping slides, stationary wave machines and interactive water games.
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August 5, 2001 | EILEEN OGINTZ
More than 35 new coasters are making their debut this year at U.S. theme parks, according to the International Assn. of Amusement Parks and Attractions. They range from the Lego Technic Coaster at Legoland in Carlsbad, a ride for junior coaster lovers between 6 and 12, to the $12-million Titan Hypercoaster at Six Flags in Arlington, Texas, a 245-foot-tall behemoth that can reach 85 mph.
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August 16, 1992 | JACK ADLER
Travelers heading to Texas in the upcoming months should look into discount programs available in San Antonio and Ft. Worth. The discounts can be found at a variety of hotels, restaurants and entertainment attractions in both cities. Among the participating hotels in the "San Antonio Vacation Experience" are the Sheraton Gunter, Holiday Inn Riverwalk, Marriott Riverwalk, Fairmount, Wyndham San Antonio, Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk and San Antonio Airport Hilton.
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April 30, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Southern California is long overdue for a water coaster. For the uninitiated, a water coaster is a water park slide that mimics the ups and downs of a traditional roller coaster with the help of conveyor belts, water jets or magnetic propulsion. Photos: Top 10 water coasters in the United States I rode my first water coaster last summer and instantly fell in love. Now I'm desperate to get one within 300 miles of Southern California. My family and I experienced our first water coaster during a cross-country theme park trip last August.
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August 19, 1992 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Searching for the perfect wave, Tom Lochtefeld found it in his mind. A surfer since childhood, Lochtefeld grew up in La Jolla hearing stories about where to find the best surf. Friends raved about the ruler-edge point break at Malibu; the sandbar-groomed cylinders at Kirra Point in Australia and the gaping tunnels that explode precisely over coral reefs in Uluwatu, Indonesia. Four years ago Lochtefeld turned 35 and decided he had heard enough.
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