Known for its “thrills,” Mt. Olympus Water Park and Theme Park is looking to “chill” this summer with its latest, giant water attraction -- and citizens of Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells are invited to check it out, for free.
Promising “Something Huge, Something Water!” on billboards across the Dells-Delton area since last fall, the waterpark, theme park and resort will make good on that promise later this spring with the opening of “The Great Pool of Delphi,” a 27,000-square-foot, 500,000-gallon swimming pool and water attraction.
Set to be the “largest swimming pool yet in the Waterpark Capital of the World” when it opens in June, according to an announcement Monday by Mt. Olympus owners Eva and Nick Laskaris, the $4-million attraction will bring a beach-like atmosphere to the area of the park along Wisconsin Dells Parkway down the hill from the go-kart track and the park’s iconic Trojan Horse.
“It’s back to the basics,” Nick Laskaris said Monday as he and his wife toured the construction site, with hints of the new pool feature already evident as construction that began late last fall picks up pace.
“We’ve got so much thrill already in this park, a little bit of relaxing will be good,” said Laskaris.
The Laskarises were inspired to add the swimming pool feature by their visits to such world-renowned resorts as Atlantis in the Bahamas, where giant pools offer lounging relaxation alongside water slides and other water park features. The couple’s mutual love for the beach also was a factor in their decision.
“The number one attraction in the whole world,” Nick Laskaris said, “is the beach,” Eva Laskaris added.
“We’ve got the ocean over there,” Nick Laskaris said, pointing toward “Poseidon’s Rage” wave pool and back toward the construction site, “and we’ve got the lounging over here. It needs that mix.”
“I love lounging in the pools -- I like relaxing with a nice drink in my hand,” Eva Laskaris said with a laugh.
The Laskarises’ hope is that both “Millenials” and families with children will be drawn to the “Great Pool.”
“Our daughters are in that (Millenial) group, between age 16 and 36, and they’re excited about this,” Nick Laskaris said.
The Laskarises also have been inspired to “to give back to the community,” in the words of Nick Laskaris. With the opening of the new pool, residents of Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells will have free, unlimited access to Mt. Olympus’ outdoor water park, including the new “Great Pool of Delphi,” all summer long.
The idea for the local promotion stemmed in part from Nick Laskaris’s fond, boyhood memories of riding his bike to the local pool, he said Monday.
“In most communities they have to build a municipal pool -- here, we’re going to have more than just a municipal pool, we have a wave pool and water slides, and it doesn’t cost the taxpayer one dollar -- we’re giving it to them,” said Laskaris, adding that “the jury is still out” on whether the “free for residents” feature might last beyond 2016.
Its aim toward relaxing notwithstanding, the giant, new pool will be accompanied by the grand flourishes that have come to characterize the park and resort complex. Those flourishes will include a 100-foot geyser, a 50-foot waterfall, four “islands” featuring tanning decks and a children’s splash pad, with two “zero-depth, beach-style entrances and cabanas rimming the perimeter,” according to the news release.
The pool will hold up to 2,000 people, and the entire pool area along the front of the park will accommodate approximately 4,000, Laskaris said.
The new pool’s name is inspired by “the actual archaeological site in Greece, the spot considered to be the center of the world,” according to Mt. Olympus’s news release.