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July 18, 2024

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Soaky Mountain Waterpark is All Set to Open On June 27

The new state-of-the-art waterpark will open with guidelines in place so families can enjoy the park safely.

It's time to make a huge splash: Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks are opening the new Soaky Mountain Waterpark on Saturday, June 27 at 10 am. The new, massive state-of-the-art 50-acre waterpark is located at 175 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville, Tenn. Wilderness at the Smokies guests who purchase tickets and season pass holders will be able to enjoy a sneak preview of the park on Thursday, June 25 from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday, June 26 from 10 am to 6 pm.

      “We can’t wait to unveil our amazing new destination to the public," says Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark. "It is such a fun place for families and truly features something for all ages to enjoy, all in a beautiful mountain-modern park setting.”

   Andrews says that due to the COVID-19, waterpark officials are strongly encouraging guests to purchase daily admission tickets in advance at due to restricted capacity levels. Season pass holders will be accommodated. Masks will be optional in the park and not allowed in or on any water attractions.

   Despite these COVID-19 challenges, Andrews assures everyone that his leadership team feels comfortable opening because the CDC has stated there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. With proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (e.g. with chlorine or bromine) the virus should be removed or inactivated. Andrew’s team has also created a Safer at Play safety program they will be following. It is posted on

   Highlights of new Soaky Mountain Waterpark include the Avalaunch, a first-of-its kind watercoaster with four flying saucer features that create a drop-and-dive sensation and one wave curved wall; Soaky Surge, a massive, 35,000 square foot wave pool capable of generating waves 6 feet high; Black Bear Rapids, an adventure river encompassing 24,000 square feet; and The Hive, a bee-themed play-and-spray feature with countless hands-on activities for younger children.

   There is also Boomers Bay, a super fun kid activity pool area with smaller versions of the adult-size towering slides including Lil’ Rattlers and Mini Mayhem so kids can experience the thrills and chills of the waterpark on their level; an adventure pool with a water obstacle course; a 3,800 square foot flat-water cabana pool for relaxing poolside; and Hang 10essee, a double FlowRider.

  Check out everything you need to know at and make plans to visit this summer!

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