Wilderness Territory

Wilderness Territory is a large water resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. It is one of the largest indoor waterpark complexes[] in the world with a combined size of 240,000 square feet (22,000 m2). It is part of a chain of two resorts, the newer and smaller one being Wilderness at the Smokies in Tennessee. The chain also includes four small outdoor waterparks.

Timeline

In 1995, the Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort opened for business along U.S. Highway 12 (Wisconsin Dells Parkway) with a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) water park named Fort Wilderness. In 1999, the hotel added its second indoor waterpark, Klondike Kavern, and an additional sixty guest rooms.

In 2002, the resort opened the Wild West region of the hotel which has 162 guest rooms. It also includes Dodge 'Em City, a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) indoor play park featuring Timberland Playhouse and Lake Wilderness outdoor waterpark. In 2003, the Wild West Waterpark opened for business.

In 2003, a 108-condominium, upscale resort, called Wilderness on the Lake, opened for business. It is home to Cubby's Cove, a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) indoor/outdoor waterpark complete with an Infinity pool overlooking Lake Delton.

In the summer of 2005, to mark the resort's 10th anniversary, the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort opened two thrill rides, the Hurricane and Black Hole waterslides.

In April 2006, the Wilderness opened its largest indoor waterpark yet, the Wild WaterDome. This 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) waterpark is home to a large indoor wave pool, the Dueling Mammoths family raft ride, and a toddler play 'n spray area. The waterpark also features a FoilTec roof that is permeable to UV rays, allowing people to tan indoors. The resort also closed Fort Wilderness Waterpark, its first indoor waterpark.

In July 2006, Glacier Canyon Lodge, the Wilderness's third property, opened along with a 3.2 acre outdoor waterpark called the Lost World.

In 2008, the Wilderness unveiled Wild Rock Golf Club, a championship 18-hole course containing a difficult hole 17 called "Boneyard North", and renovated the Klondike Kavern waterpark.

In 2009, the Wilderness unveiled three indoor, 3-D, blacklight mini-golf courses, an outdoor mini-golf course, go-karts and a zip line adventure. The resort also opened Tombstone Town Haunted Hotel and Mineshaft Mirror Maze.

In 2010, the Wilderness renovated all of the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort guest rooms.

In 2012, the Wilderness opened the Northern Lights Sky Ropes Course, located in the Wild West region of the hotel. The resort also added the Lunar Loop and Cosmic Drop extreme thrill slides, and Pro Slide SuperLoopers in the Lost World Outdoor Waterpark.

Today, the Wilderness Territory occupies over 600 acres (2.4 km2) of land and provides guests with 1,163 lodging options among its three main properties (Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, Wilderness on the Lake and Glacier Canyon Lodge), in addition to its freestanding Vacation Villas, Cabins and New Frontier Condominiums. The Territory is home to four indoor and four outdoor waterparks totaling nearly 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2). The resort also features Wild Rock Golf Club, and the Wilderness Woods Par 3 Family Course. A skywalk is connected to the Glacier Canyon Lodge, and boats take guests to the Wilderness on the Lake Resort.[]

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