Aquatica entrance

SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica water park will add four new water slides as part of a major expansion for 2010.

The LA Times has revealed details of the new slides, which will be housed in a new area close to the existing Whanau Way tower. It claims the four slides will all be first-of-a-kind attractions - giving Aquatica a boost in the fiercely competitive Orlando water park market.

Tornado Walls will feature two slides that see riders boarding six-person rafts, before being blasted up the face of a vertical wall by a magnetic launch. On reaching the top, they'll slide back down and then along an uphill section towards a final hill that will see the rafts going partially airborne.

The other two new additions are 40-foot tall Topsy-Turvy slides, manufactured by ProSlide. These are more traditional water slides, but feature a series of "funnels" where riders swirl in the current before being sent on down the next section. Guests will be able to choose between a 285-foot-long slide with two funnels or a much longer 460-foot slide with four funnels, and will travel down them in two-person inner tubes.

Aquatica opened in March 2008, promising to combine a traditional water park with the aquatic exhibitions for which SeaWorld is famous. However, it has been criticised by some for failing to do this, and for featuring fewer attractions than competing water parks.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions over at Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section.

Comments

This will be great for Aquatica- we didn't even go when we went to Florida in the summer as there didn't seem to be much there especially compared to the Disney waterparks!
The topsy-turvy slides sound amazing!!!

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