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New attendance record
park features an ancient
castle theme, including a
Cape of Good Hope
fortress with water slides and
interactive features for the
Ukraine’s largest waterpark celebrated a successful summer as kids.
thousands flocked to the renowned mineral waters of the Azov Sea. Many of its attractions,
Located in one of the former Soviet Republic’s most popular resorts, the however, focus on extreme
Cape of Good Hope in Berdyansk welcomed record crowds, and the water fun. Last season, for
best ever for a Ukrainian waterpark. example, it added three high
The 5.5-hectare facility, which is now in its third season, was fitted adrenaline attractions
out from scratch by the Turkish slide supplier Polin and boasts a total of including the Turbo Lance,
31 waterslides. Daily capacity is 3,500 guests. Tsunami and Zebra Black Hole (pictured above).
Surrounded by exotic plants and quirky-shaped swimming pools, the Turbo Lance (similar to a Boomerang slide) gives guests the thrill of
sliding along several different paths, and starts with a steep drop, after
which the single or twin-person tubes are propelled vertically up a wall.
They then experience an unforgettable reverse path taking them over a
hump and out into either a run out or slash pool. Tsunami, meanwhile,
is designed for end-to-end excitement and offers an unforgettable ride
experience featuring a staggered, extended half-pipe layout.
The Zebra Blackhole is an enclosed tube slide, and now one of the
park’s most popular attractions. It gets its name from the striped-
design, which is unique to Polin and provides a dramatic natural
lighting effect inside as riders race through it.
Other slides and attractions at the Cape of Good Hope include
Dolina Zmej (Valley of the Snakes), a 14-metre tower featuring a maze
of twister slides. The park’s tallest slide, however, is 15-metres tall,
while its longest totals 150-metres.
New product
The Cannonball, or Water Splash, is the newest product from Wiegand
Maelzer of Germany – and it’s quite a head-turner.
Adventurous riders are fired from the heel of an L-shaped pipe into
the lake or pool in front of them. After taking their seat, they press a
button to discharge a high pressure jet of water which rockets them up
to 2-metres into the air, and 10-metres in distance.
Refilling the pipe takes around 50 seconds, allowing operators to
launch around 60 “human cannonballs” an hour. A pool/lake with a
minimum length of 12 metres and a depth of 3 metres is required. A
sensor and video system are used to monitor the ride.
After trialling a number of prototypes at its premises in Rasdorf,
Wiegand-Maelzer unveiled the ride to the German public for the first
time this summer at an public open-air pool in Flötenteich, Oldenburg.
A second unit was supplied to the operators of a toboggan run in
Riedenburg, Bavaria. Enquiries has since followed from all over Europe,
the USA and as far away as Australia.
As well as waterslides, Wiegand Maelzer’s product range includes
playground slides, stainless steel and transparent tube slides and
toboggan runs.
See video of this imaginative attraction by reading the digital issue of
this magazine at
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