Black Forest LLC is building a world-class entertainment venue in Albertville, MN that will feature an interactive indoor waterpark, an exploration-based out of home adventure, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Back-Lot edutainment experience and a 275 room Marriot Hotel and convention center.

The destination will be a special place where parents and children go to spend time together while they play, jump, climb, explore, and learn about our world through the incredible and often breathtaking experiences. And when they’re done exploring, they can go behind the scenes of some of the greatest films in history and create their own movies at the Sony Pictures back-lot experience. Finally, when they’re finished with the jungles of Madagascar or basking in the glory of stardom they can cool off in the Twin Cities

only completely interactive indoor waterpark. With multiple days of entertainment, this all-inclusive resort will become a must see tourist destination as well as a local’s favorite.

The prime, high traffic location is located along the easily accessible I-94 corridor (80,000 cars a day) and next to the Albertville Premium Outlet malls, a 430,000 square foot mall with over 5 million annual visitors. It’s also just 45 minutes from the Mall of America, a #5 in exports to China from the USA.

Black Forest LLC is partnership between Casey Darkenwald, Robert Kelly, Kevin Hanson, and iP2 Entertainment, leaders in Minnesota real estate development, construction, finance, and entertainment experiences respectively.

The Darkenwald Family has been involved in real estate for four generations.  Since 1969 Darkenwald has focused primarily on commercial/industrial land development, leasing and sales. Darkenwald has a record of successful development projects and management, with comprehensive experience in each stage of the commercial development process.  Projects typically have included transforming raw land into a variety of uses, from ten acre commercial developments to over one-hundred plus acre mixed use developments.

iP2 Entertainment is a diversified international family entertainment and media company building Out of Home entertainment experiences based on some of the most iconic brands in the world. The Company’s mission is to immerse families into the worlds of characters they know and love through innovative, memorable, and compelling experiences designed to entertain as well as educate through play and fun. Learn more at

Evolution Hospitality is a privately-owned, hospitality investment and management firm located in San Clemente, California. A sampling of Evolution-managed properties includes The Queen Mary, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Hotel Adagio San Francisco, Hyatt San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, Hotel MdR – A DoubleTree by Hilton in Marina del Rey, and the recently opened DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs. Learn more at

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