Friday, May 8, 2009

Wilderness Names Eck General Manager

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Joe Eck has named the new general manager for Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort. In this position he will be responsible for overseeing all resort operations.
Eck had been serving as the Sales and Marketing Director for the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort for nine years.
Eck serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau, and is a member of the Marketing Committee for the Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau. He is a member of Meeting Planners International (MPI) and Wisconsin State Association of Executives (WSAE).
Prior to joining the Wilderness, Eck served as an Associate Buyer for Sax Fifth Avenue regional headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis.
Eck has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a minor in Public Relations from UW-Whitewater. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Wisconsin Dells with their two children.
The Wilderness Territory, which consists of over 600 wooded acres in Wisconsin Dells, is the perfect destination for a fun-filled family vacation, meeting or special event. The Territory is home to Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, which features 444 guest rooms, 40 vacation villas, 76 Frontier Condominiums and 35 cabins. It is also home to Wilderness on the Lake which features 108 luxurious two and three bedroom condominium units overlooking Lake Delton; and Glacier Canyon Lodge, which features 448 upscale condominium units.
Combined, these three properties offer four indoor and four outdoor waterparks that total nearly 500,000 square feet – that’s over 12 football fields of water fun! The Territory is also home to Wild Rock Golf Club, The Woods 9-Hole Family Course; Dodge ‘Em City; Timberland Play Park, a 30,000 square-foot, four story adventure with ball blasters, slides and crawl spaces; the OK Corral Lazer Tag Arena; and The Wild Abyss and Wild Buccaneer 3-D black light mini golf courses.


CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on lifestyle properties, announced today that it has acquired the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park in Kapolei, on the island of Oahu, from a subsidiary of Village Roadshow
Limited (VRL:AU), a publicly traded global entertainment and media company based in Melbourne, Australia, and leased the park back to that entity to operate under a long-term lease. Park operations will not be impacted by the transaction.

Nestled amid the sunny slopes, cliffs and natural beauty of West Oahu, Hawaiian Waters is
Hawaii’s only water park. The park opened in 1999 and was acquired by Village Roadshow in
2008. Covering 29 acres in West Oahu, it can accommodate 6,000 guests, making it a significant
water park by world standards. Attractions include Shaka, “the world’s wildest half-pipe;”
Volcano Express, a 5 ½ story slide where four riders race to the finish line; and the Tornado, a
130-foot tunnel with a 50-foot drop, installed by Village Roadshow last summer as part of a
multi-million dollar expansion.

Effective this summer, Village Roadshow will rebrand the park as Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii, and will
also open a second Wet ‘n’ Wild water park in Phoenix, Ariz.

“This transaction is a homerun for both sides,” said Byron Carlock, president and CEO of CNL
Lifestyle Properties. “Village Roadshow is a major force in the entertainment industry. We were
looking for a vibrant operating partner with which to grow our portfolio of properties. Hawaiian
Waters is exactly the kind of quality attraction we look for, where families can make lasting
memories, and we look forward to working with Village Roadshow in the future.”

Graham Burke, managing director of Village Roadshow Limited said, “CNL Lifestyle Properties is the perfect partner for us as we grow our highly successful water park business in the United
States. This transaction provides us with financial flexibility, and a partner that shares our core
values and aspirations.”

Village Roadshow, founded in 1954, is a leading international entertainment and media company with its core businesses of Theme Parks, Film Distribution, Cinema, Radio, Film Production and Music. It is best known in the United States for its Los Angeles-based movie production business, which produced films such as the Matrix trilogy, the Oceans trilogy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Happy Feet, I Am Legend and Get Smart. The company is Australia’s largest theme park owner, with extensive holdings including: Sea World, in Queensland; Warner Bros. Movie World; Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World; the Australian Outback Spectacular; and the Sydney Aquarium, among others.

Including Hawaiian Waters, CNL Lifestyle Properties owns 25 attractions properties, making it
one of the largest regional theme park owners in the United States.