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(SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.) – The new, 50-acre Soaky Mountain Waterpark, located at 175 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville, Tenn. today announced some upcoming promotions to thank essential workers and others.

According to Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark, “We are grateful for those who are helping our country through this challenging time and want to recognize them for their hard work, dedication, and effort.”

From August 3-8, any essential workers as defined by Governor Lee’s Executive Order 22 (https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee22.pdf) with a valid ID or paystub will be able to get into the waterpark for just $29.99. From August 10-13, active or retired military members, first responders and hospital workers with a valid ID or paystub will get in for $29.99. Both promotions allow a person to purchase up to 4 additional discounted tickets so they can bring family members or guests.

The waterpark will also be hosting a “Welcome Neighboring Counties” promotion July 27- July 31, where residents with a valid ID from Sevier, Knox, Blount, Jefferson, or Cocke counties can visit the park for just $29.99.

For additional information on any of these promotions Please visit https://www.facebook.com/SoakyMountain/ and click on the Events tab.

Highlights of new Soaky Mountain Waterpark include the Avalaunch, a first-of-its-kind water coaster 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 surfing simulator.

In addition to the Avalaunch watercoaster, there are other massive slides including two five-person raft rides; a tubing tower with five flumes; two high-intensity body slides; and a four-lane, head-first mat racing challenge to satisfy everyone’s racing desires. Some of the slides feature translucent tubes which create a swirling array of light effects. Others are themed in colors, like the Rainbow’s Revenge, which features all of the colors of the rainbow and the American Racer’s Rush, which features red, white, and blue stars and stripes.

Full price daily admission tickets are $44.99 for anyone taller than 42 inches and $39.99 for anyone 42 inches or below. Children ages three and up require a ticket. The waterpark will be open through Labor Day. Wilderness at the Smokies guests can purchase discounted admission for up to $20 off daily admission tickets.

The new waterpark cost nearly $90 million to construct and will have nearly 500 full- and part-time job employees. It is anticipated to draw over 400,000 visitors annually, of which 100,000 will be new visitors to Sevier County. It is also expected to increase the average nightly stays in the region while generating approximately $400,000 annually in Tourism Development Zone Tax.

 Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks currently owns and operates Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville and Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Lodge, and Wilderness on the Lake, Wild Rock Golf Course, Sundara Spa and Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. For more information visit: SoakyMountainWaterpark.com.

The owner and founder of The Smoky Mountain Life, Kim Hunt, is a lifelong resident of southeast Tennessee and lover of all things Smoky Mountains. 

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