Part 1 of this post can be found here

As I wrote about earlier in the week, I had the chance to take a tour of the new Wisconsin Dells Kalahari Indoor Theme Park last weekend.  It doesn’t officially open for another week.  It is a spectacular attraction that is going to be very popular among visitors to the Dells.  At the bottom of this post you’ll see several pictures I took during my tour.  There are several observations that I made that I didn’t cover in Part 1 of my post, that I will cover here. 

There are a couple of different pricing options for guests of the theme park.  All day passes are available for $30 (or $20 if you’re a guest of the hotel).  The all day pass includes unlimited rides on the Ferris wheel, mini-golf, ropes course, rock climbing wall, merry-go-round, soft play area, and laser tag.  You also get a maximum of 2 rides on the go karts with an all day pass.  Rob White, the General Manager of the theme park explained to me that they expect the go karts to be extremely poplular and decided to limit the rides to 2 in order to give everyone a chance to ride.  Bowling and the golf simulators are not included in the all day passes.  Tickets for individual attractions are available as well, and are priced as follows:

  • Go Karts – $6 per person
  • Ferris Wheel – $3 per person
  • Soft Play Area – $3 per person (free for hotel guests)
  • Merry-Go-Round – $4 per person
  • Mini-Golf – $5 per person
  • Ropes Course – $7 per person
  • Rock Climbing Wall – $5 per person
  • Laser Tag – $6 per person
  • Golf Simulator – $25 per person per hour (clubs included)
  • Bowling – $4.50 per game
  • Bowling Shoes rental – $2.50

I had reported earlier in the year that the name of the theme park was going to be Kilimanjaro.  When I visited, I noticed that there was no reference at all to this name and asked Rob why it was dropped.  He said that they decided to include Kalahari in the name, and keep it simple by naming it the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park.  I liked the Kilimanjaro name, but understand the reason for the change.

Damon’s Grill was previously a stand alone building.  As a part of the theme park construction, they connected Damon’s to the hotel, and the theme park.  The opposite end of the theme park connects to the Desert Star Cinema.  Now that everything is connected, Kalahari guests who are staying in the Sands Condominium building can now walk from their room all the way to the movie theater if they wish.  This would be an extremely long walk – approaching a mile.  Kalahari offers a free shuttle bus for guests for those who don’t want to walk such a long distance. 

One of the things you’ll notice if you take a look at the pictures below is the artist painting one of the murals in the theme park.  I was surprised to learn that all of the beautiful murals that are painted throughout the Kalahari complex have been hand painted.

During my visit to the Dells back in April, is when I first noticed construction on the theme park.  At the time it hadn’t even been announced yet.  When I asked people working at the hotel what was going on, they wouldn’t tell me.  When the theme park was officially announced in May they said it would be open by Christmas.   I had trouble believing that a project of this magnitude could be completed in such a short period of time.  Touring the theme park, I still wonder how they could have completed this incredible facility so quickly.   When the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park opens their doors for business one week from today, it will be one of the top attractions in the Dells for many years to come. 

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2 Responses to “Additional Thoughts on the New Kalahari Indoor Theme Park”

  1. wow…looks incredible! We’re going the week after xmas. My kids can’t wait.

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