Thorpe Park has confirmed that its new attraction for 2011 will be named Storm Surge, with the park releasing concept art for the planned water ride.
The artwork, posted to Thorpe Park Mania, also shows off the logo and colour scheme for the new ride. Both the name and colouring will be retained from Storm Surge's previous home at Florida's closed Cypress Gardens theme park, which is now being converted into LEGOLAND Florida by Thorpe Park owners Merlin Entertainments Group.
Storm Surge will see guests boarding rubber rafts that can hold up to 6 people, before being carried up a conveyor belt to the top of a 19.4 metre-tall hill. They will then be propelled by water down a spiral chute, with the rafts spinning rapidly on the descent before splashing down into a channel at ground level.
New additions to Storm Surge will include water cannons located around the edge of the ride, which will enable onlookers to soak riders as they float by. Despite appearances, riders will not get wet as they spin down the ride's flume, but the cannons should ensure that they won't exit the ride in a completely dry state.
The former Octopus Garden children's area in the centre of the park will host the new attraction, with its rides having been removed in September. The spinning rapids ride is set to open in March 2011, and extensive work is now underway to prepare the site for its arrival.
Storm Surge is set to become park of the park's Amity Cove area, with a "natural disaster" theme being likely. The ride is due to open in spring 2011.
More details of Storm Surge can be found in Theme Park Tourist's extensive preview, while further construction images can be found in our gallery.
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