LIGONIER, Pa., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- http://www.myprgenie.com -- Summer thrill seekers are invited to "catch a wave" this season at Idlewild & SoakZone (www.idlewild.com) when the park debuts an exciting new addition to its waterpark. A multi-million dollar family wave pool will replace Idlewild's aging swimming pool built in 1931.
"This wave pool is a thrilling addition that will take the excitement of the SoakZone to a whole new level for our Guests," said Jeff Croushore, park spokesperson. "We've already been recognized as the 'Best Children's Park,' but this attraction's appeal to kids and adults, will help bolster Idlewild's reputation of being one of the best parks for the entire family!"
Following intermittent periods of calm water conditions, a signal will sound and the pool will generate waves at timed intervals, allowing swimmers to ride the tide. The park plans to keep the velocity of the waves at a level that will offer a thrill to older guests but still allow younger children to enjoy the fun.
The new pool will feature a zero depth entry at its shallow end and a depth of 6 ft. at its deepest, with the following additional statistics:
* Water Capacity: 280,600 gallons
* Total Water Volume: 7,508 cu. ft.
* Water Surface Area: 14,728 sq. ft.
* Deep End Width: 70 ft.
* Shallow End Width: 137 ft.
* Pool Length: 182 ft.
The "beach" area surrounding the wave pool will feature chaise lounges offered first-come, first-served, and cabanas that guests may rent as a shady spot to escape the summer sun.
ABOUT IDLEWILD & SOAKZONE
Founded in 1878 as a simple picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, Idlewild & SoakZone (www.idlewild.com) is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and third-oldest in America. Idlewild is recognized as the world's best amusement park for children per Amusement Today magazine (http://www.amusementtoday.com) and one of the top five family amusement parks in the world by the National Amusement Park Historical Association (http://www.napha.org). Idlewild features seven fun theme areas such as SoakZone Waterpark, Story Book Forest, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Seasonal operations run from late May through Labor Day and "Hallowboo," a Halloween-themed event, takes place in October. Idlewild is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks that hosts over 14 million visitors annually at six theme parks, two animal parks, 10 waterparks, and 21 family entertainment centers. For more information, call 724.238.3666 or visit http://www.idlewild.com and http://www.palaceentertainment.com.
Contact: Jeff Croushore, [email protected], 724.238.3666 ext. 2302
SOURCE Idlewild & SoakZone