GENERAL STATS:

  • Number of waterparks in North America: More than 1,200*

    *These numbers comprise all waterpark facilities, including municipal/city-owned pools with waterpark features, as well as corporately owned waterparks, independently owned waterparks and indoor waterpark resorts/hotels.

  • Estimated attendance at North American waterparks during the Summer 2012 season: about 85 million (includes United States, Canada and Mexico). On average the industry attendance total grows 3-5 percent each year.

  • Estimated attendance at Top 20 worldwide waterparks in 2012: about 25 million, up 5.4 percent from 2011. (These statistics compiled by TEA/AECOM for the 2012 Global Attractions Attendance Report. See the "Other Articles" section to view the whole report)

  • Number of waterparks throughout the rest of the world: about 720

  • Average attendance growth per year (North America over last 5 years): 2.2 percent

    FUN FACTS:

    (Note: The information that follows has been compiled from facts supplied to the WWA by outside sources. If discrepancies are noted, please contact the WWA).

  • First "official" waterpark created: Wet 'N Wild, Orlando, Fla., by George Millay (b.1929, d.2006) (creator and founder of Sea World); WWA officially proclaimed Millay as "Father of the Waterpark Industry" in 2004 and awarded him with the Association's first-and only, to date-"Lifetime Achievement Award."

  • First U.S. Indoor waterpark: Polynesian Resort Hotel & Suites, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., 1994

  • First U.S. wave pool: Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe, Ariz., opened in 1969

  • Longest indoor leisure river in the U.S.: "Zambezi River," Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

  • Tallest, fastest single-person, free-fall waterslide in the world: 120-foot tall "Summit Plummet," Blizzard Beach, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

  • Tallest waterslide: "Kilimanjaro," Aldeia das Aguas Park Resort, Barra do Pirai, Brazil (Guinness World Record-certified)

  • Longest inner tube waterslide: "Magic-Eye," Galaxy Erding, Germany (Guinness World Record-certified)

  • Largest outdoor wave pool in the U.S.: "Typhoon Lagoon," Orlando, Fla., at 500 feet wide by about 450 feet long, it is the largest in terms of bather capacity, annual visitors and water volume.

  • Largest outdoor wave pool in the world: City Walk, Bangkok, Thailand, at 13,600 square meters and 10,000 cubic meters.

  • Largest swimming pool (by area): "Crystal Lagoon,"SanAlfonso del Mar Resort, Algarrobo, Chile (Guinness World Record-certified)

  • Largest indoor waterpark in the United States under one roof: Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio (173,000 square feet)

  • Largest indoor waterpark square footage at one resort in the United States: Wilderness Hotel, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (seven waterparks at one resort totaling 470,830 square feet).

  • Largest indoor waterpark in North America: World Waterpark, West Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (5 acres and 2.7 million gallons of water)

  • Largest indoor waterpark in the world: Tropical Islands, Brand, Germany (710,000 square feet)

  • Largest outdoor waterpark in the United States: Noah's Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (90 acres)

  • "The Waterpark Capital of the World" (largest concentration of waterparks in one area): Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (20 waterparks within 19.5 square miles, with more than 200 waterslides and 16 million gallons of water) Source: Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

  • Fastest-growing segments of the waterpark industry in North America: Municipally-owned/city-owned waterparks and indoor waterparks attached to hotels or resorts

  • Fastest-growing regions of the world: Asia, Middle East, specifically the United Arab Emirates and South America.

    POPULAR TOP-WATERPARK LISTS:

    U.S. waterparks with the highest attendance*

    (according to TEA/AECOM Attendance Report 2012)

    1. Typhoon Lagoon (2,100,000), Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
    2. Blizzard Beach (1,929,000), Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
    3. Aquatica (1,538,000), Orlando, FL
    4. Wet'n Wild (1,247,000), Orlando, FL
    5. Schlitterbahn (1,017,000), New Braunfels, TX
    6. Water Country USA (748,000), Williamsburg, VA
    7. Noah's Ark (666,000), Wisconsin Dells, WI
    8. Adventure Island (651,000), Tampa, FL
    9. Schlitterbahn (546,000), Galveston, TX
    10. Hyland Hills Water World (538,000), Denver, CO
    11. Six Flags-Hurricane Harbor (508,000), Arlington, TX
    12. Six Flags-White Water (505,000), Marietta, GA
    13. Raging Waters (480,000), San Dimas, CA
    14. SPLISH-SPLASH (463,000), Riverhead, NY
    15. Wet N' Wild (461,000), Phoenix, AZ
    16. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (424,000), Jackson, NJ
    17. Wet 'n Wild Emerald Point (406,000), Greensboro, NC
    18. Soak City Cedar Point (403,000), Sandusky, OH
    19. Zoombezi Bay (389,000), Powell, OH
    20. Camelbeach (367,000), Tannersville, PA
    Top waterparks in the World with the highest attendance*

    (according to TEA/AECOM Attendance Report 2012)

    1. Typhoon Lagoon (2,100,000), Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
    2. Chimelong Water Park (2,021,000), Guangzhou, China
    3. Blizzard Beach (1,929,000), Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
    4. Ocean World (1,72,000), Gangwon-Do, South Korea
    5. Aquatica (1,538,000), Orlando, FL
    6. Caribbean Bay (1,508,000), Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea
    7. Aquaventure (1,300,000), Dubai, U.A.E.
    8. Wet 'N Wild Water World (1,247,000), Orlando, FL
    9. Wet N Wild Gold Coast (1,200,000), Gold Coast, QLD Australia
    10. Sunway Lagoon (1,200,000), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    11. Resom Spa Castle (1,158,000), Chungcheongnam-Do, South Korea
    12. Schlitterbahn (1,017,000), New Braunfels, TX
    13. Atlantis Water Adventure (1,000,000), Jakarta, Indonesia
    14. Summerland (990,000), Tokyo, Japan
    15. Happy Magic Water Cube (968,000), Beijing, China
    16. The Jungle Water Adventure (951,000), Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
    17. Wild Wadi (860,000), Dubai, U.A.E.
    18. Siam Water Park (800,000), Tenerife, Spain
    19. Ocean Park Water Adventure (750,000), Jakarta, Indonesia
    20. Water Country (748,000), Williamsburg, VA

    Top waterparks in Asia-Pacific with the highest attendance*

    (according to TEA/AECOM Attendance Report 2012)

    1. Chimelong Waterpark (2,021,000), Guangzhou, China
    2. Ocean World (1,720,000), Gangwon-Do, South Korea
    3. Caribbean Bay (1,508,000), Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea
    4. Wet N Wild (1,200,000), Gold Coast, Australia
    5. Sunway Lagoon (1,200,000), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    6. Resom Spa Castle (1,158,000), Chungcheongnam-Do, South Korea
    7. Atlantis Water Adventure (1,000,000), Jakarta, Indonesia
    8. Summerland (990,000), Toyko, Japan
    9. Happy Magic Water Cube (968,000), Beijing, China
    10. The Jungle Water Adventure (951,000), Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
    11. Ocean Park Water Adventure (750,000), Jakarta, Indonesia
    12. Water Kingdom (700,000), Mumbai, India
    13. Resom Ocean Castle (638,000), Chungcheongnam-Do, South Korea
    14. Olympic Water Cube Indoor Waterpark (605,000), Beijing, China
    15. Seorak Waterpia (590,000), Gangwon-Do, South Korea


    This information has been compiled by the World Waterpark Association (WWA) from a variety of sources. Please credit WWA for its use unless otherwise indicated.


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