In 2005, the former Big Chief Karts & Coasters merged with the Treasure Island attractions, Family Land outdoor water park, and Bay of Dreams indoor water park to form Mt. Olympus Water Park and Theme Park Resort. The Greek God-themed “mega park” now boasts an impressive collection of wood coasters, outrageous go-kart tracks, and a huge assortment of water park rides. With its indoor water and theme parks, it also offers weatherproof, year-round fun.
Let's run down the main components of Mt. Olympus:
Outdoor Theme Park
The medium-sized park includes a great collection of wooden coasters and go-kart tracks. One of the thrill ride highlights is Hades 360, a highly regarded 160-foot-tall coaster that features one of the world's longest underground tunnels (hence the name), an unusually steep drop, speeds up to 70 mph, and inversions (which is unusual for a wooden coaster). Other coasters include Cyclops, which climbs 70 feet and hits 58 mph, and the 90-foot-tall, 60 mph Zeus. The park also offers The Manticore, a 140-foot-tall swing ride, a SkyCoaster called Almighty Hermes, a petting zoo, and a kiddie train.
Go-karts include Titan's Tower and Trojan Horse, which incorporate elevated tracks, The Underworld, which sends riders careening on an underground track, and Hermes, a “Turbo” track that Mt. Olympus says offers the fastest speeds among its collection. The park also offers tracks for intermediate and junior riders.
Outdoor Water Park
While not as large as the nearby Noah's Ark (which is one of the country's biggest water parks), Neptune's Outdoor Water Park is nonetheless quite big and offers a good array of water slides and other water-filled attractions. Two wave pools offer plenty of surfing action. Triton's Fury and Triton's Rage are two family raft rides. The Demon's Drop and Dragon's Tail are two intense speed slides.
Watery activities for younger children include Huck's Lagoon and Kiddie City. The Lost City of Atlantis is a large, interactive water play center that has activities for both younger and older visitors, including a tipping bucket. Other attractions include a mat racing slide, a lazy river, the more intense River Troy, and a huge pool surrounded by beach sand.
Mt. Olympus Indoor Water Park
At 55,000 square feet, the Mt. Olympus indoor water park isn't large, especially compared to some of the Dells' enormous park resorts such as the Wilderness and the Kalahari. It is themed to resemble a Mayan jungle with original native artwork and stone sculptures. Of course, there are water slides as well—over 1,500 feet to be exact—and they twist and turn in the rafters and throughout the large complex. A cute pirate's ship in the center of the park serves as an interactive water play area. There are also hot tubs and a lazy river.
Indoor Theme Park
The smallest of the four parks at Mt. Olympus, the indoor theme park nonetheless offers some fun rides and other diversions. The attractions are largely geared to younger visitors and include a kiddie swing, a tea cups ride, and a spinning plane ride. Among other features are go-karts, a mini freefall tower, a rock climbing wall, and an arcade with redemption games and bowling lanes.
Admission Info, Hotels, Dining, and Location
As with many of the indoor water park resorts in Wisconsin Dells, Mount Olympus offers overnight accommodations and includes park admission in its room rates. All four parks are available for hotel guests (although the outdoor ones are only open in the warmer months). In the summer, visitors not staying on property can purchase tickets, which grants them access to all four parks. Children 2 years and under are free. During the rest of the year, the parks are generally only open to registered hotel guests.
On-property accommodations include the Mt. Olympus Resort and Hotel Rome. Guests can book standard rooms and suites in a variety of configurations. Cabins and tent sites are available at the Mt. Olympus Camp Resort. Parking at the hotels and parks, WiFi, and pool towels are included with the room rates.
The hotels and parks offer concession stands, a coffee shop, and a bar and grill. There are many restaurants nearby on the Parkway as well as throughout the Dells.
Mt. Olympus is located at 1881 Wisconsin Dells Parkway in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. From Milwaukee, take I-94W to Exit 87 towards Wisconsin Dells, then right on Hwy 12 to the resort on the right. From Chicago, take I-90W to Exit 87 towards Wisconsin Dells, and from Minneapolis, take I-94E to Exit 87 towards Wisconsin Dells.