• Bigger and Better

     
    POSTED January 18, 2017
     

In case you haven’t heard the news, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains is about to complete Phase II of the resort, which means it will soon be home to America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. Upon completion, the true 220,000-square-foot waterpark expansion will include the following additions:

* Dungeons of Hout Bay Wave Pool

* Lazy River Expansion

* Screaming Hyena slide featuring a trap-door start that drops you into a near-vertical plunge at up to 25 miles per hour

* Sahara Sidewinder, an indoor looping waterslide, will take you from high above on a 250-plus-foot journey to an amazing splashdown below

* Coral Cove kids’ play area

* Taken from the local name for Victoria Falls in southern Africa, "The Smoke That Thunders" promises to deliver an unforgettable waterslide experience

* Kenya's Korkscrew zig-zag slide

* The Cheetah Race mat slide

* Zig Zag Zebra tunnel slide

* Additional Swim-Up Bar

* New Cabana Island will offer guests a prime location to call home base while they splish splash the day away

The expansion will also bring the following amenities for guests to enjoy:

* 520 new rooms, which equates to nearly 1,000 guest rooms in the resort, featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom suites

* 30,000-square-foot extension to the family entertainment center, offering 60,000 total square feet of dry fun

* Gorilla Grove Treetop Outdoor Aerial Adventure Park (now open)

* Kalahari Fitness and Training Center

With the addition of the three new dining options, America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark will offer 12 dining options for guests. Phase II dining additions include:

* Double Cut Charcoal Grill/Liquor Bar, the signature steak house experience

* Sortino's Italian Kitchen, featuring wood-fired pizza and fun family dining

* Marrakesh Market

The distinction of America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark surpasses the current titleholder—Kalahari Resorts’ location in Sandusky, Ohio.

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Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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