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Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City
Schlitterbahn Kansas City logo.svg
Location Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Coordinates 39°07′15″N 94°48′15″W / 39.12083°N 94.80417°W / 39.12083; -94.80417Coordinates: 39°07′15″N 94°48′15″W / 39.12083°N 94.80417°W / 39.12083; -94.80417
Opened July 15, 2009 (2009-07-15)
Closed September 3, 2018 (2018-09-03)
Status Closed
Area 370 acres (1.5 km2)
Pools 2 pools
Water slides 14 water slides
Children's areas 2 children's areas
Schlitterbahn Kansas City (44619756661)
Aerial photo of Schlitterbahn Kansas City in September 2018

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City was a water park that opened on July 15, 2009 in Kansas City, Kansas. It was announced in September 2005 by Schlitterbahn Waterparks. The 370-acre (1.5 km2), $750 million development included a nearly 40-acre (160,000 m2) waterpark, which is Schlitterbahn's fourth waterpark and its first outside Texas.

Groundbreaking took place September 18, 2007 on the land formerly occupied by the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds and the Unified Government courthouse annex, across Interstate 435 from the Kansas Speedway and Village West.

History

Phase 1 included the opening of 12 water attractions, 3 restaurants, and 2 shops. Of those attractions, three were purchased from the former Geauga Lake amusement park in Ohio. Phase 2, named Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Resort was originally planned to include over 1,000 hotel rooms, a Scheels sporting goods store, and a Riverwalk area consisting of shops and restaurants on 300 acres surrounding the water park. Those plans were stalled and eventually abandoned due to the ongoing Great Recession. An expansion of the water park opened on April 30, 2011, with six new attractions.

Aftermath

In 2018, the last operating season of the park, four attractions remained closed throughout the season after an audit by regulators found that each did not comply with the Kansas Amusement Ride Act.

Demolition of Verrückt began on November 1, 2018. The park did not open for the 2019 season.

On June 13, 2019 Cedar Fair agreed to buy Schlitterbahn's two parks in New Braunfels and Galveston for a price of $261 million. Additionally, Cedar Fair had the option for up to 120 days to buy the Kansas City location "for an additional $6 million". Cedar Fair did not pursue purchasing the property within those 120 days and the park remains standing but not operating.

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