Tommy Bartlett Water Show | Permanently Closed – Thank you for 69 years of wonderful memories!
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Tommy Bartlett Show

Tommy Bartlett Show

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Statement from Tom Diehl, president and co-owner of the Tommy Bartlett Show:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the Tommy Bartlett Show will not be able to make a comeback in 2021 as we had hoped. After 69 years, we are permanently shuttering the business. From May through September 6, we experienced a complete loss of revenue when we had to cancel our 2020 summer season on Lake Delton due to the pandemic. Each fall, we begin to plan for the next season, and with so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the pandemic and travel, we cannot undergo additional financial risk and investment to begin planning for summer 2021. While we are grateful that we have had almost seven decades of entertaining visitors in Wisconsin Dells, we have no choice but to close the Show.” 

Classic Experience

It was back in 1952 that Tommy Bartlett brought his traveling Water Ski & Jumping Boat Thrill Show to perform for what was to have been a limited run in Wisconsin Dells. Instead, the show never left. For 69 years, it was the longest-running, live, outdoor entertainment show of its kind. In fact, more than 20 million spectators have taken their seats in the amphitheater-style stands and enjoyed 90 minutes of extreme water-skiing and Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics. The show brought entertainers from around the globe together on one stage from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

Convention Overview
The Sky is the Limit - it is also our Roof! Professional water-skiers perform flips, jumps, spins, bare-footing stunts & high flying excitement atop our water-jet propelled FlyBoard! Signature three-tier human pyramid. Daredevil entertainers & comedy juggling. Evening show - colorful Entrancing Waters finale.
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Celebrating 60 years on water, on stage and high in the sky! Professional water skiers perform flips, jumps, spins & build the signature three-tier human pyramid. Daredevil entertainers, comedy juggling. Evening Show features an Entrancing Waters finale. SHOWS DAILY at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. Rain or Shine.
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2013-03-07My husband took me to Wisconsin for my first time for our honeymoon. I loved the Tommy Bartlett show. Now we go every summer with our kids. They love it too!
2010-06-27What I like about the water at our last visit was the seating and the clowns they were asume the whole show was so amazing from the sky performance to the firework and the water skiers I like it when the performers inter act with the crowd it makes the show even more enjoyable. the show is breath taking if your in the Dells come on down to the Tommy Barlett Show.
2008-06-12Hi, I lived in your back yard when I was little kid, from 1953 to 1963. We listened nightly to the Tahitian Drum Dancers, Lawrence Welk and several other favorites. My dad used to take our boat out onto Lake Delton and we parked across the bay from you and watched the 'back of the show'. It was always thrilling to see the wonderful people that you had to entertain us. I wish you the best and hope that your lake comes back stronger and better than ever. Congratulations on your 55 years of business. Glad to hear you are open. People are interested in being updated with your progress. God bless you. Thanks for the joy you have always given to your faithful fans.
2008-03-25I have been going to the WI Dells now every year for the past 11 years. I can not go there without visiting your Bartlett Show at least once every visit I make. The excitment and energy your show puts on is worth every penny I pay to see your show. Its a non stop thrilling adventure that I just cant get enough of. The Dells has so much to offer but in my opinion, without the Tommy Bartlett water ski show, it wouldnt be the same. Thank you for year after year of exciting and professional shows.
-BarryCombined Locks,WI

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"The lake being back for the summer of 2009 is a tremendous boost to all the affected businesses. I'm deeply grateful to all those who worked so hard to ensure the lake's return."


Then there's Dawn Baker, co-owner of Baker's Sunset Bay Resort, a spot so popular for Wisconsin Dells family reunions and return guests that it's like old home week there every day of the summer. On the infamous day, Baker stood in disbelief, watching the waters pull away from her beach. She was interviewed often by reporters wanting to get her first-hand perspective. Today, she's happy to provide it.

“We felt like we had lost our best friend when we lost the lake. It's exciting to see our old friend again."

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General Manager at Original Wisconsin Ducks®, Dan Gavinski, had to reroute their land-to-water tours last summer, bypassing the lake and spending more time on the Wisconsin River. This summer, the Duck tour will once again include the famous splashdown in Lake Delton.

"It brought a smile to all of our faces when the repair work was completed and the lake began to refill. Our passengers will get a real treat when they see the new lake up close on our amphibious tours."


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