Photos: Best new water parks for 2014

The Midwest water park chain plans to open a $500-million resort with a rapids river, surfing simulator, swim-up bars and other signature attractions found at other Schlitterbahn parks.

1) Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi (Texas) (Schlitterbahn)

The Midwest water park chain plans to open a $500-million resort with a rapids river, surfing simulator, swim-up bars and other signature attractions found at other Schlitterbahn parks.

A $22-million contract with WhiteWater West will introduce dueling Master Blaster water coasters and an AquaLoop inverted looping slide as well as the Canadian company's Rattler, Python, Boomerango, Abyss and Whizzard slides. The new water park will also include a pair of wave pools, a surfing simulator and a water play structure.

2) Lotte World (South Korea) (Lotte World)

A $22-million contract with WhiteWater West will introduce dueling Master Blaster water coasters and an AquaLoop inverted looping slide as well as the Canadian company's Rattler, Python, Boomerango, Abyss and Whizzard slides. The new water park will also include a pair of wave pools, a surfing simulator and a water play structure.

The newest resort in the water park-centric hotel chain will include water slides, rapids rides and lazy rivers along with an aquarium. The Atlantis water parks in Dubai and the Bahamas feature central temple icons with tube slides that pass through sea life-filled pools.

3) Atlantis (China) (Atlantis)

The newest resort in the water park-centric hotel chain will include water slides, rapids rides and lazy rivers along with an aquarium. The Atlantis water parks in Dubai and the Bahamas feature central temple icons with tube slides that pass through sea life-filled pools.

The Wisconsin Dells theme park plans to double the size of the 65,000-square-foot Medusa's indoor water park, making it the second largest indoor water park in the United States. The adjacent Poseidon's outdoor water park features a wave pool that generates 9-foot-tall swells every 90 seconds.

4) Mt. Olympus (Wisconsin) (Mt. Olympus)

The Wisconsin Dells theme park plans to double the size of the 65,000-square-foot Medusa's indoor water park, making it the second largest indoor water park in the United States. The adjacent Poseidon's outdoor water park features a wave pool that generates 9-foot-tall swells every 90 seconds.

The $23-million water park in suburban Henderson will feature a 1950s and '60s beach theme. Polin will provide many of the slides including the world's first Surf Safari with a wave-shaped bowl as well as a mat racer slide with a unique uphill finale.

5) Cowabunga Bay Las Vegas (Nevada) (Polin)

The $23-million water park in suburban Henderson will feature a 1950s and '60s beach theme. Polin will provide many of the slides including the world's first Surf Safari with a wave-shaped bowl as well as a mat racer slide with a unique uphill finale.

The newest addition to the Hawaiian Falls chain, the $21.5-million water and adventure park in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville will feature tube, body and speed slides along with zip lines, obstacle courses and climbing structures.

6) Hawaiian Falls (Texas) (Hawaiian Falls)

The newest addition to the Hawaiian Falls chain, the $21.5-million water and adventure park in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville will feature tube, body and speed slides along with zip lines, obstacle courses and climbing structures.

The theme park's new $21.7-million PlopsaAqua indoor water park will feature a theme based on Vickie the Viking, star of a German-Austrian television cartoon and a series of live-action films.

7) Plopsaland de Panne (Belgium) (Plopsaland)

The theme park's new $21.7-million PlopsaAqua indoor water park will feature a theme based on Vickie the Viking, star of a German-Austrian television cartoon and a series of live-action films.

The amusement park in the suburbs west of Atlanta plans to add a Hurricane Harbor water park with a Caribbean theme on land currently occupied by the Southern Star Amphitheater.

8) Six Flags Over Georgia (Six Flags)

The amusement park in the suburbs west of Atlanta plans to add a Hurricane Harbor water park with a Caribbean theme on land currently occupied by the Southern Star Amphitheater.

The $11.5-million water park at the Warner Bros. theme park southeast of the Spanish capital will be themed with Looney Tunes, Flintstones and Scooby-Doo characters. The water park will be built in two phases, with the wave pools, water playgrounds and lazy river set to open in 2014 and a series of water slides to follow.

9) Parque Warner Madrid (Spain) (Parque Warner Madrid)

The $11.5-million water park at the Warner Bros. theme park southeast of the Spanish capital will be themed with Looney Tunes, Flintstones and Scooby-Doo characters. The water park will be built in two phases, with the wave pools, water playgrounds and lazy river set to open in 2014 and a series of water slides to follow.

Located about an hour south of Dallas, the new $9-million water park will boast an AquaLoop inverted looping slide, a Python slide by WhiteWater West and a stationary wave machine while the adventure park will include a zip line and other attractions.

10) Corsicana Water and Adventure Park (Texas) (WhiteWater West)

Located about an hour south of Dallas, the new $9-million water park will boast an AquaLoop inverted looping slide, a Python slide by WhiteWater West and a stationary wave machine while the adventure park will include a zip line and other attractions.

The newest addition to the water park-centric hotel chain will include a wave pool, lazy river and a water play structure.

11) Great Wolf Lodge (Massachusetts) (Great Wolf Lodge)

The newest addition to the water park-centric hotel chain will include a wave pool, lazy river and a water play structure.

Plans to reopen the shuttered Louisville amusement park in 2014 call for a doubling in size of the Hurricane Bay water park. Hurricane Bay added the Deluge water coaster just before Kentucky Kingdom closed in 2009.

12) Kentucky Kingdom (Kentucky Kingdom )

Plans to reopen the shuttered Louisville amusement park in 2014 call for a doubling in size of the Hurricane Bay water park. Hurricane Bay added the Deluge water coaster just before Kentucky Kingdom closed in 2009.

Located in the suburbs south of Cologne, the park known for its elaborate thematic environments will add a water park as part of an expansion that includes a 6,000-seat theater and several hotels.

13) Phantasialand (Germany) (Phantasialand )

Located in the suburbs south of Cologne, the park known for its elaborate thematic environments will add a water park as part of an expansion that includes a 6,000-seat theater and several hotels.

The Seville theme park will add a $6.5-million water park with a wave pool and slides.

14) Isla Magica (Spain) (Isla Magica )

The Seville theme park will add a $6.5-million water park with a wave pool and slides.

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Let's take a closer look at the top new water parks around the world for 2014, including some major projects by big industry players and several significant additions by smaller parks. Here is our top 14 for 2014: