SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica water park has confirmed that it will add a new attraction, Omaka Rocka, by March 2010.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Omaka Rocka will feature two slides, and will share a tower with the existing Whanau Way slides. The new slides are ProSlide Topsy-Turvy models, and include a series of three "funnels" where riders swirl in the current before being sent on down the next section.
According to Aquatica, guests will ride in two-person rafts and will experience "near weightlessness" when traversing the funnels. Portions of the slides will be enclosed, although the slides themselves will be semi-transparent to allow guests below to see riders travelling down them. The name Omaka Rocka is said to mean "rocking river" and to originate from the South Seas.
Theme Park Tourist first covered the details of Aquatica's new attractions last month. At the time, the LA Times reported that the park was set to add 4 new slides - the two Topsy-Turvy slides, plus two Tornado Walls slides (also built by ProSlide). These would see riders boarding six-person rafts, before being blasted up the face of a vertical wall by a magnetic launch. However, Aquatica is yet to confirm that the additional slides are also opening in 2010.
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.
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