Today, Aquatica made an exciting announcement that a brand new water slide would be opening at their Orlando park! The new attraction will be called Ray Rush and will be a one-of-a-kind water slide guests are sure to love. There’s not long to wait until the new attraction is unveiled, as it’s expected to open in spring 2018. So, if you’re planning a holiday to Orlando soon, make sure you stop by and be one of the first to try it out.
Ray Rush will stand at almost 60-feet tall and will be a family-friendly thrill attraction. This means it won’t be too scary, but will still get your heart racing! Up to 4 people can ride at once, so you’ll be able to enjoy the experience as a group too.
First, riders will be launched at a rate of 33-feet per second with specially designed water jets that will send the rafts speeding into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will be sent swirling into a huge translucent sphere which spins the raft around the walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that’s shaped like a manta ray! The raft will speed back and forth on the wings of the manta before racing through another enclosed tube section and ending with a big splash.
Cathy Valeriano (Aquatica vice president) said “Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction”.
You’ll be able to see the ray as you approach the entrance to the park, which suggests it’s going to be pretty impressive. Cathy explained that it has been designed this way to tease guests and leave them guessing as to what’s in store. She also warned that you’ll be able to hear the screams echoing through the park!
To make way for the new attraction, Aquatica will be saying goodbye to HooRoo Run on 31st October. Ray Rush will take off from the same tower as Walhalla Wave and share the same splash-down pool, which guarantees a serious soaking! This means that Walhalla Wave will also be closing, but don’t worry, this is only during construction.
Ray Rush will be the first new attraction at the park since Ihu’s Breakaway Falls opened in 2014. The exhilarating attraction is only for the bravest of guests, as it features an 80-foot plunge, with riders dropping 20-24 feet per second!
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