Getting Splash Happy

HOW WATERSLIDES, WAVE MACHINES AND TIPPING BUCKETS HAVE HELPED RECHARGE THE HOTEL TRADE

It takes more than a body slide to impress some jaded vacationers. One swoosh down Totem Tower at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Va., and Andrew Lappas, 5, seemed bored. "I thought, Uh-oh, one run and we're done?" his father, Chris Lappas, 40, recalls with a laugh. Before long they discovered the indoor water park's longer, steeper tunnel slides--they start atop a four-story staircase and snake in and out of the cavernous hall into a plunge pool below--and Andrew was hooked. "We proceeded to go down about 25 more times," Lappas says. "By the end of the day, the kid...

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