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If you don't have kids or consider "fun parks" the least fun thing on the planet, you'll want to file this news under "Another place to avoid when traveling." But if you have rugrats you need to occupy, or you're a big, waterslide-lovin' kid yourself, rejoice! The Radisson Hotel Albuquerque has a new waterpark, opening on March 12, just in time for spring break.
If you're not familiar with the waterpark concept, firstly: commiserations. Waterslide collisions are the stuff childhood is made of. The Radisson's set up includes all the waterpark staples: indoor and outdoor slides, an activity pool, wading pool, hot tub, lazy river, tipping bucket, and the most unfortunately named thing we've heard of since the iPad, the FlowRider.
Indoor water parks are no longer for the Midwestern family weekend getaways. Now, a hotel in Albuquerque is getting in on the action.
Even though you could probably swim outside in a real pool here, the owner of the Park Plaza Hotel & Conference Center has decided an indoor water park is just what the town needs.
True, the peeps of Albuquerque can't go surfing so the planned Surfrider feature of the water park might be a big draw, despite how much we detest these hotel-waterpark hybrids. Also included in the park rides are:
a 34-foot-high, 325-foot-long water tube ride; a 275-foot-long water slide; a lazy river feature that turns to rapids at night and a bucket that dumps 700 gallons of water onto eager patrons.
There's also fluorescent glow-in-the-dark water slides, music videos that will be projected on sheets of water and an arcade and pizza parlour. (How 80s!)
The cost of admission for the public would be $28 but for guests we assume its complimentary. And once the water park is completed the place will no longer be known as the Park Plaza. Instead, after $6 million in upgrades, the place will turn into the Radisson Resort & Waterpark expected to open in Fall 2007.
Is the St. Regis Resort and Action Funland not too far behind?
· Hotel plans to add water park offering indoor surfing, slides [Albuquerque Tribune]
· Indoor Water Parks [HotelChatter]