The expansion will be the largest in the park’s history.
Set to open in May 2014, Hurricane Harbor will include an 800,000-gallon wave pool, a multi-slide tower, a "world’s first" single-slide tower combining two extreme slide thrills and an interactive children’s water play area, according to officials.
A tropical island theme will include new food locations; shopping; cabanas; and expansive deck, lounge and shade amenities.
Tickets will be free with admission to the park.
Rides and attractions will include Paradise Island for children; a multi-slide complex called Bahamas Blaster and Runaway Pipeline; a dual slide complex called Calypso Cobra; and Hurricane Bay, a state-of-the-art wave pool capable of producing 4-feet-high waves.
Dan Kaetzel, park president, said water parks are perfect for the South.
"In the South, you can never have too many opportunities to cool off, and Hurricane Harbor is the perfect complement to our world-class ride and entertainment package," Kaetzel said. "The addition of a huge new water park will add a whole new dimension that our guests have been asking for."
Economically, the park is expected to add 200-300 seasonal jobs.
"This year’s investment in Hurricane Harbor complements many other economic initiatives in Cobb County and is the first step of our multiyear investment plan that includes future expansion of the water park into an adjacent parcel of undeveloped land," Kaetzel said.
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