Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark

April 1, 2015
Serves as Most Innovative Waterpark in the U.S.

 TANNERSVILLE, Pa. –The $163 million Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark serves as the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast and the largest hotel and most innovative waterpark ever constructed in the U.S. in a single phase.

Voted the #1 indoor waterpark in the U.S. by USA TODAYS’s “10Best Readers’ Choice” poll, the colossal, 125,000 square-foot Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, part of the 170,000 square-foot indoor family adventure center, features seven pools, 13 waterslides and a multitude of thrilling water attractions. Combining waterpark fan favorites with several never-before-seen attractions and slides in an immersive world exploration and discovery theme, Aquatopia premieres as the most innovative and educational indoor water and adventure park ever created. At the helm is fictitious legendary explorer, Kartrite Van Der Berris, who has filled the waterpark with wonders from his worldly expeditions.

An Illustration of Kartrite’s Expeditions

The Great Kanagawa Wavepool features a snowcap-topped mountain, complete with a real Sno-Cat that uses thousands of LED light and sound effects to create the illusion of an avalanche plummeting into the pool. The Australian-surfing themed Bombora FlowRider® lets guests ride the waves alone or with a partner. Aquatopia’s The Lost River is a vast departure from a typical lazy river, enthralling guests with a dark adventure river ride through the jungle into a mysterious temple to find clues before emerging into daylight and a 60-foot waterfall. Perched on its launching pad high above Flyboys, the adults-only swim up bar, is Kartrite’s DHC-2 Beaver Float Plane, affectionately named, “Spirit of Tannersville.”

Aquatopia’s World Premiere Attractions

As its name implies, the Venus SlydeTrap devours riders on a three- to six-person family rafting tube. The only combination family raft ride of its kind in the world, the Venus SlydeTrap fuses three thrilling waterslide experiences into one slide. The 600-foot long, fully enclosed family rafting experience has a record-breaking sphere and open ‘manta’ wall ride. Starting with a heart-pounding drop, riders speed down an enclosed serpentine flume before they are injected into a 16-foot sphere where they bank around 90-degree turns, and finally are plunged back into darkness. Next, riders are propelled back into the rushing waters where they experience wall crawling Zero-G oscillations before being swallowed and spit back out into a plunge pool below.

Kartrite’s Quest is the World’s First ‘Next Generation’ fully themed and immersive multi-level AquaPlay structure. Like a traditional interactive play structure, Kartrite’s Quest features a 1,000-gallon, themed giant dumping bucket perched more than 52 feet overhead and 84 interactive water effects, including bubbler and geyser jets, rotating dumping troughs, hose jets, pull ropes, tipping cones, water guns, plunger jets, water wheels and water cannons. From that point on, a new wave of technology was incorporated into the design to make Kartrite’s Quest the world’s first attraction of its magnitude. Kartrite’s Quest was created not only to be interactive, but educational as well. Children are able to take hold of their own exploration as they encounter dozens of highly themed elements including: “The Flags of the World” navigation symbols, constellations, Kartrite’s Library, high flying hang glider, giant carved tree, huge sail, zodiac expedition boat, periscope, Atlantis-themed kids-zone and giant logbook with ink blotter and quill.

The Storm Chaser, a gravity-defying water-based coaster, is North America’s longest indoor uphill water coaster, measuring an adrenaline-charged 756 feet. Coaster enthusiasts can chase the storm on a one- or two-person tube slide that travels uphill on jetted water. Shortly after riders take their seats, they maneuver between open and fully enclosed dark and translucent sections of the slide. Five drops and four breathtaking curves give riders a feeling of weightlessness, providing thrills to the very end.

Situated under 1.5 acres of Texlon® transparent roof – the largest install in North America – Aquatopia’s innovative design allows guests to soak up the sun indoors at a comfortable 84-degrees year-round. More than 120 lifeguards trained and certified through Ellis & Associates oversee the safety operations and regulations for Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark.

Development and Production Crew

Aquatic Development Group (ADG), a leading designer and builder of waterparks and recreational water and mountainside attractions across the U.S., was the lead designer and builder of Aquatopia. Drawing on decades of experience, ADG’s team designed the park to include exceptional attention to detail with distinctive features that guests of all ages and interests will enjoy. From the one-of-a-kind “dark” river adventure to the amazing roofing system, ADG’s product innovations and designs continue to find new avenues for delivering exciting recreational attractions that appeal to visitors and enhance the park’s profitability. WhiteWater West served as the lead waterslide supplier and installer, including the world premiere of the ‘Next Generation’ AquaPlay structure.

“This has been an extraordinary project because of my own personal involvement and vested interest in Camelback,” said Ken Ellis, an owner of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, co-owner of Camelback Resort and Camelbeach Waterpark, and owner, president and CEO of Aquatic Development Group. “I’m extremely proud of the talented and diligent team at ADG, the innovative slide attractions by WhiteWater West, the incredibly executed details by Weber Group, and the work put forth by so many others who brought our vision to life. Aquatopia is incredibly innovative because we had the full force of the industry’s best people behind it.”

WhiteWater West president and CEO Geoff Chutter noted, “The efforts put into the development of Aquatopia were extremely collaborative. As we brought innovative and exciting products to the table, ADG introduced theming and narrative to further elevate the play experience. The unique colors, theming and the intricate story of Kartrite’s Expeditions will blow guests away.”

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark was developed by a unique group of owners, each bringing distinct and noteworthy experience to the project. Camelback Resort and Camelbeach Waterpark co-owners Arthur Berry III and Aquatic Development Group CEO Ken Ellis, partnered with Pete Helland Jr., Pat Helland, Tim Lucke and Tim Gantz of Stand Rock Hospitality, who each have a long legacy in indoor and outdoor waterpark development and management.

A Four-Season Destination

Nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains at the base of Camelback Resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, the new Camelback Lodge features 453 luxury guest suites, three restaurants including a ski-in/ski-out, multiple bars and eateries, adult and kid spas, indoor adventure center and the colossal, 125,000 square-foot Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. Although Aquatopia is exclusively for Camelback Lodge overnight guests and is included with the price of a guest room, the restaurants and many of the amenities are open to the public, including the adult and kids spa and arcade. Transforming Camelback Resort into a four-season adventure destination, Camelback Lodge complements the existing seasonal outdoor waterpark, skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, ziplining, treetops obstacle course, mountain coaster and more.

The heart of the Pocono Mountains draws visitors from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia with 28 million people living within 180 miles of this historic recreation vacation destination.

For more information about Camelback Lodge or to make a reservation, call 855.515.1283 or visit



Camelback Resort and Camelbeach Waterpark co-owners Arthur Berry III and Aquatic Development Group CEO Ken Ellis first met on the Saratoga, New York campus of Skidmore College in 1982. Through their friendship and common vision to bring fun to their family and friends, they purchased Camelback Resort in June 2005. Located in the Pocono Mountains, with close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia and metro markets, Camelback Resort is nationally known in the ski industry for converting new skiers and snowboarders in the Northeast to lifetime snowsports enthusiasts. Berry and Ellis have built on the rich history of Camelback Resort by: expanding operations to offer world-recognized terrain-based ski learning programs, winning the coveted Conversion Cup in 2014 from the National Ski Area Association; expanding the snowtubing park to be the largest in the country; adding new attractions at Camelbeach Waterpark, the largest outdoor waterpark in Pennsylvania; and developing Camelback Mountain Adventures, with zip-lines, Segway tours, multiple tree-tops ropes courses and a Mountain Coaster. On May 1, 2015, after nearly two years of construction, Berry and Ellis opened the doors to Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, offering a mountain-based indoor waterpark hotel and changing Camelback Resort from a seasonal day trip, to an overnight, year-round destination. The $163 million Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is the largest single expenditure in the 52-year history of Camelback Resort and the largest national ski resort improvement in 2015.

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark was built in partnership and is co-managed by Stand Rock Hospitality. Comprised of four partners with a long legacy in the indoor and outdoor waterpark and entertainment industry, Pete Helland Jr., Pat Helland, Tim Lucke and Tim Gantz, and are no strangers to grand-scale waterpark resorts. Hailing from Wisconsin Dells, Wis., the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” each partner brings substantial experience, among them the former owner and operator of America’s Largest Outdoor Waterpark, Noah’s Ark. More recently, Stand Rock Hospitality developed and manages the 716 keyWilderness at the Smokies Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and helped develop and is co-owner of the largest indoor waterpark resort property in the U.S., Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Aquatic Design Group

ADG, Inc.  designs and builds waterparks and recreational water and mountainside attractions for all types of venues from amusement parks and resorts to ski mountains and small aquatic settings.  Their innovative InDepthTM approach focuses on their client's success by utilizing a revenue generating design philosophy that is applied to every project, whether for a complete waterpark design/build or single product manufacture and install. All of their products and designs, from WaterfrontsTM and FlowRiders® to Mountain Slides and Coasters, are developed to create an experience for their client's customers that encourage incidental purchases, entice repeat visits and increase length of stay. ADG is the leading expert in recreational environments designed to draw diverse crowds, maximize revenue and increase guest satisfaction, having installed more than 90% of all wave systems in the U.S. and providing design/build and equipment services to more than 4,000 leisure, resort and amusement facilities worldwide.

WhiteWater West

WhiteWater West is a supplier of the world’s most innovative waterslides and water attractions. WhiteWater West started manufacturing waterpark products in 1980 and has now completed over 5,000 installations worldwide for both the waterpark and attractions industry. With more than 600 employees in 21 global offices, WhiteWater has created smiles and captured the imaginations of millions of guests. WhiteWater provides dedicated professionals to each phase of the project to deliver all projects on time, on budget and to the industry’s highest quality and safety standards ensuring the ultimate customer experience, from concept to completion. Recently, WhiteWater was awarded Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation for its excellence in management and business practices.

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