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Spray parks gain
AquaLoop
favour in US
goes global
According to a report from Hotel & Leisure Advisor, an American hospitality
Sales of the AquaLoop, the
consulting firm, spray parks are helping operators of indoor waterparks to attract
world's first looping waterslide,
visitors, extend stays and raise concession sales.
are on the rise. This exciting
Features such as water cannons, dumping buckets and ground sprays have
attraction offers gravity-defying
been instrumental in transforming regional attractions challenged by low off-
fun as riders shoot out of a trap
season attendance into all-day, all-year family destinations. In some cases return door into a freefall and through
on investment has been just a matter of weeks. a looping slide at speeds of up to
“Since putting in a spray park, membership and concession sales are both up 37 mph.
about 35%,” says Jean Benchimol of Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, The German-designed product
Massachusetts. “We’ve become an all-day destination not just locally, but also for was picked up by WhiteWater West last summer and orders have now been
those out of town.” confirmed for delivery between 2010 and 2012.
Splashpad Playspace (pictured below) is a jungle oasis-themed spray park just These include installations at Beijing’s Happy Magic Watercube, Noah's
inside the zoo entrance, but included in the main admission price. Unpredictable Ark in Wisconsin, Jay Peak in Vermont, four units for Village Roadshow in
sprayers and spillers keep kids guessing, “who’ll get wet.” Control of the water Australia, plus further units for China, Bali, India, Ontario, California and
features can be put into children’s hands via a flower-shaped activator.
Mexico.
“With almost no promotion, the spray park paid for itself in 10 weeks,” adds
Existing AquaLoops can be found in Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Japan
Benchimol. “It’s increased
and Mexico.
interest in repeat visits, birthday
parties, summer camps, field
trips and education
programmes.”
Maurer Sales strong
The water features run in a
322-second sequence when
Maurer Söhne reports the sale of two rollercoasters to Rainbow Magic Land,
someone touches the activator.
Valmontone, near Rome. The rides will open when this new park is unveiled in
This means the spray park only
2011 and include a 2,460ft-long launch coaster with an hourly capacity of
operates when children play
1,000 and a 1,411ft-long indoor spinning coaster that can carry 850 guests
there, rather than running
an hour.
continuously all day long. The
A SkyLoop with X-car ride vehicles, similar to the G-Force at Drayton Manor
result is less water and power
in England, is destined for the World Joyland Park in Changzhou, China. A new
use and less water evaporation.
four-abreast X-car is also available.
steep vertical slides into a wide bowl where riders
New waterslide concepts
“chase” each other for several revolutions before
landing safely in a shallow braking pool.
Waterslide manufacturer Polin has opened a third
Double Wave
factory in Turkey, and hopes to be busy with orders
SplashRally
for two new attractions.
The Dragero is a 40-metre-long, four-lane mat
racing slide that starts with a big drop, then travels
uphill, through a tunnel, round a corner and back
down into a dry run out – at roughly the same
place riders started. The tunnel segment includes
natural lighting effects. Orders have already been
received from Iran and Hungary.
The Double Wave, meanwhile, is a four-
person ride featuring a pair of criss-crossing slopes
and a dry-run out. The first versions of the ride will
be constructed in Turkey and North Africa.
Dragero
Customers wanting a brighter product than the
360Rush
models you see here can benefit from Polin’s
patented “Magic Shine” finish.
SplashRally is one of two new waterslide
attractions from Splashtacular. Featuring a six-lane
water raceway and figure-eight layout, riders – or
racers – sit in two or three-passenger tubes and
race to a grand prix style finish marked by water
cannons and rider’s times.
The other new Splashtacular ride is 360Rush,
which launches two riders simultaneously down
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