Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” will further enhance its reputation in 2022, with several significant new waterpark features set to open, including North America’s first rotating waterslide. A variety of new non-waterpark attractions will also debut in Wisconsin Dells this year, ranging from dining, brewing and entertainment establishments to a 35,000-square foot public plaza, which can host concerts, farmers’ markets, seasonal celebrations and other events.
Waterpark Resort Attractions
This summer, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park Resort will open Medusa’s Slidewheel, America’s first rotating waterslide. Combining the movement of a Ferris wheel with the speed of a waterslide, it is set on a horizontal axis, rotating as guests slide through it. Medusa’s Slidewheel is the centerpiece of the expanded indoor waterpark at the resort; the 22,500 square foot addition will include a new children’s splash zone with fountains and a variety of interactive water features and swimming area.
In fall 2022, the indoor Wild West Waterpark at the Wilderness Resort will open two new “dueling” waterslides—a two-lane tube ride and a two-lane head-first mat racer. Each will feature multiple rally points where riders can see their competition as they dash down the slides, as well as translucent slide effects. The Wild West Waterpark is also getting a new themed multi-level play-and-spray structure, while the resort is completing a renovation of all 446 guest rooms.
Chula Vista Resort is opening a new waterslide attraction in their indoor waterpark that sports a rainbow-stripe effect. Sliders inside the new tube will experience a multi-hued light effect that creates dazzling visual movement inside the otherwise dark flume.
A new natural adventure park development called The Land of Natura is planned to open their first phase in the summer of 2022. This 40-acre parcel will include a 5-acre naturally filtered lake with America’s largest floating waterpark and North America’s longest canopy tour. More than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails through the woods, river beach access and kayak rentals, a greenhouse welcome center featuring native plants, and food trucks serving locally sourced specialties are also included in this initial phase. The full development is expected to take between three and five years to complete at an estimated total cost of $60 million and will span over 150 acres.
Downtown Wisconsin Dells will soon boast a new gathering spot, with the addition of the 35,000-square foot Elm Street Plaza set to open in late summer. It will feature a covered stage area, special lighting and sound systems, concession stands, seating, Wi-Fi and a mural wall. There will also be interactive water features, including a six-foot Kugel ball, dancing fountains and in-ground geysers. Planned programming includes free nightly entertainment throughout the warmer months, farmers’ markets, pop-up markets, seasonal celebrations and other events.
Downtown Wisconsin Dells will welcome Yeti Yard Next Level Adventure Park later this summer. The park will feature the Himalayan Speedway, complete with a 640 ft. elevated racetrack for go-carting. An 18-hole all turf mini-golf course will complete the Yeti Yard on ground level.
New and Expanded Dining
A converted 1909 mansion in downtown Dells is now home to Latte Stone Brewing Co., a small-batch, nano brewpub. Latte Stone features a tasting room-style bar serving crafted-in-house brews and local craft beers, as well as local and international wines. It also offers a unique Pacific Island tapas menu, made fresh daily using longtime family recipes from the island of Guam. During the summer months, brewpub guests can sip their suds while listening to live entertainment in Latte Stone’s large, dog-friendly beer garden.
Also new this year is Koselig Garden, a restaurant/taproom at the Norwegian-inspired barn event venue Vennebu Hill. Boasting hilltop views of the Wisconsin River and Baraboo Bluff range, it offers a menu of popular Norwegian and Wisconsin delights along with a full bar. (“Koselig” means "cozy garden" in Norwegian.)
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has added a new watering hole, Redd’s Piano Bar. In addition to live entertainment, it features a huge wine list and hand-crafted cocktails.
Broken Bottle Winery is ramping up their production facility to make wines for both Broken Bottle and their sister winery Baraboo Bluff. Broken Bottle has also added a kitchen for serving pizzas and snack boards on the weekends when they have live music.
Designed specifically for families, Lake City Social features a wide-ranging (and very kid-friendly) menu and an expansive dining room filled with long tables and booths to accommodate groups of any size.
As an expansion of its hugely popular Woodland accommodations, Sundara Inn & Spa has added eight new luxury suites throughout the property’s dense pine forest. Set back from the main resort, the newest guestrooms incorporate biophilic design, chic spa bathrooms and private screened-in patios, including some with outdoor fireplaces and heated oversized soak baths. Along with the suites, Sundara also added an open-air yoga deck with complimentary yoga classes spring through fall.
This summer, the outdoor Aloha Beach Resort at Natura Destinations will open to visitors. The property’s expanded beach area now incorporates an inflatable waterpark on Lake Delton. Across the way, their sister property, Natura Treescape Resort, has added several “tiny homes” with views to Wisconsin Dells’ first natural waterpark lagoon.
Additions, Expansions and Renovations
Dells Watersports: Full-Service Marina & Boat Rentals has expanded its showroom, service operations and product lines to include pontoons, deck boats, kayaks and fishing craft. Dells Watersports also offers watercraft rentals of all types.
Wizard Quest has relocated to a bigger building in downtown Wisconsin Dells, which is nearly three times the size of the original location. There are 16 different “quests” offered for guests ages 12 and up at this combination digital/real life gaming emporium.
Take Flight located in the Wilderness Resort, continues to offer trips to Hawaii with their Flight of Aloha. For the summer, riders can book their ticket for World Flight, which will journey over the world’s most iconic landscapes.
Two Dells area escape room attractions have expanded for 2022. Booby Trap Escape Rooms has debuted a new escape room themed “Cell Block E,” while DOA (Destination of Adventure) Room Escape at Wilderness on the Lake will introduce “Mission Mars” this summer.
Tom Foolerys Adventure Park is more playful than ever, thanks to the addition of mini bowling for children, blacklight mini golf for the family and ax-throwing for adults.
Several new scary scenes were recently added to the walk-thru Haunted Mansion attraction in downtown Wisconsin Dells.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum is expanding and turning over nearly 100 percent of their exhibits to make way for new artifacts. Museum visitors can also now use scientific methods and modern algorithms to determine their personal “style” of weird – a first for any Ripley’s Museum in the country.
Totally 80’s turns the beloved 1980s era into a social media hot spot, complete with photo experiences that come to life with fashion, movie sets and props. Have your smartphone ready!
Timbavati Wildlife Park has added two red pandas, Ping and Puck, which can be observed both outdoors and indoors. Also new for 2022 is the park’s Reserve Membership Season Pass, which includes park admission, the Safari Train Ride and camel or pony rides for the entire park season.
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