As reported by Global Amusements & Play, “Ropes Courses Incorporated (RCI) and Kalahari Resorts and Conventions are once again partnering on a project that will debut several RCI adventure products to the public, amongst other amenities including world-class dining, an indoor waterpark, arcades and more.
“Starting in November 2020, an entirely new resort built by Kalahari will be open to patrons in Round Rock, Texas and it will be the largest resort constructed by the company to date. A 36-foot (11m) Sky Trail aerial attraction, child-centric Sky Tykes attraction and 7 Clip ‘n Climb climbing walls are planned to challenge guests and serve as focal point activities inside of the resort’s adventure park, Tom Foolerys.
The 80,000 sq. ft. theme park situated inside of the larger resort is set to feature 250 arcade games, bowling and miniature golf in addition to the RCI adventure products. With plans to embrace a high energy environment and promote a free spirit mentality, Tom Foolerys will be a spot for families to unwind, make lasting memories and have a go on either the Sky Trail, Sky Tykes, Clip ‘n Climb climbing walls or all three combined.
The 13 pole, 2 level Sky Trail itself will showcase 44 distinct interactive elements for participants to engage with such as two curved Sky Rails for individuals to glide across and a Walk the Plank element which consists of a 6-inch wide beam with a color-wheel at its end that draws participants further along the beam for a chance to pull the hanging cable and set the spinning wheel in motion.
Clip ‘n Climb climbing walls, 7 in total, will be integrated into the space near the larger Sky Trail and will each feature a variety of colors, designs and difficulty levels. A few of the climbing walls set to exist within the space include “Astroball”, “Twister” and “Face to Face”. The Sky Tykes attraction will be located in close proximity to the other two RCI attractions, underneath the Sky Trail, and will have its very own Sky Rail and 10 interactive elements for children 4′ tall (1.2m) and under.
“With the combined efforts of RCI, and Kalahari Development, Tom Foolerys will itself be an indoor destination that has never before been seen,” explained Dave Thalacker, Kalahari Development Project Manager. “The massive complex is a fully themed, state of the art land and we feel these attractions are without a doubt, ones that our guests will enjoy over and over again.”
This is not the first time that RCI and Kalahari have joined forces as the two companies came together for the development of a Sky Trail with Sky Tykes inside of their Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin location in 2008 and a 3-story Sky Trail within the Safari Outdoor Adventure Park at Kalahari’s Sandusky, Ohio location in 2010.
“It is through valued partnerships like the one with RCI, that Kalahari has dreamed new destinations,” added Thalacker. “RCI has proven itself with durable, extremely well-engineered, products that have stood the test of time.”
The total capacity of the Sky Trail will be approximately 60 participants, 12 for the Clip ‘n Climb climbing walls and 15 for the Sky Tykes attraction.
“Working with the Kalahari team over the years has been exciting as we not only get to see the integration of our adventure products but the overall expansion and development of their resort experience as well,” said Jim Liggett, President, and Founder of RCI. “The Round Rock location will be their biggest yet and we’re confident guests of all ages will thoroughly enjoy every aspect of the entertainment provided.”
What this could mean? Todd Nelson (CEO Kalahari Resorts) continues to raise the bar and expand the famous Kalahari brand in both the waterpark industry and the resort and convention center sectors. I have followed Todd’s career from his start in Wisconsin Dells and was fortunate to work with him on the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky OH, though only for the design and layout of the games and attractions and kiosk-style retail sections of the project. Ropes Curses Inc. is another company that I have closely followed and Jim Liggett is another one of those special visionaries and creative genius. Putting the two Teams together will most likely produce a resort and theme park that every one of us in the industry needs to follow and learn from, and surely visit when it opens in 2020.