Typhoon Texas to operate water park in Pflugerville
Katy’s Typhoon Texas Waterpark will become the new operator of a water park located near Austin in the city of Pflugerville.
Pflugerville officials have agreed on an estimated $1 million per-year lease contract with Typhoon Texas for the rights to operate the park. The deal comes only months after Typhoon Texas held its grand opening at its location near Katy Mills Mall, and the move is indicative of water park officials trying to expand the business’ footprint to other areas of the state.
“The timing was right,” said Ray DeLaughter, a co-owner of Typhoon Texas. “This is a unique opportunity because there’s not many markets that are able to support a water park, and especially not one two hours away from our own location.” The lease deal will run through 2043, with Typhoon Texas having the option to own the park then, according to DeLaughter.
The water park in Pflugerville, which covers about 23 acres, has been operated by the financially struggling Hawaiian Falls.
Typhoon Texas officials became aware that Hawaiian Falls would no longer continue to lease the space and decided that the opportunity to take over in Pflugerville, which has a population of more than 50,000 people and is located near the major market of Austin, would be profitable, according to Bernard Kaplan, a Typhoon Texas spokesperson.
Kaplan said the group was also encouraged by a successful first summer in Katy, though it will not reveal attendance numbers and other performance figures for competitive reasons.
Water park officials plan to upgrade the Pflugerville park and add a kids play structure, as well as a “splash pad” for its first year and other attractions in the future. DeLaughter said.
Typhoon Texas opened in May to much fanfare as the Katy area’s first major attraction besides its well-known mall. It’s one of just a few large water parks in the region. The 25-acre park, which is privately owned, includes nine water rides, a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a lazy river and a Texas-style barbecue restaurant. It also has 18 acres next to it for expansion.
The park is hosting its “Winter fest,” which offers attractions such as ice skating, miles of lights and a Christmas-themed theatrical performance.
The Pflugerville water park will open in May under the Typhoon Texas banner, Kaplan said. Park officials do not have plans for another expansion.
“Typhoon Texas is looking to bring the same water park experience found here to Pflugerville,” Kaplan said. “Typhoon Texas was looking at the possibility of growing its brand in the state, and this was a good fit.”
Visit www.typhoontexas.com for information.