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sections intertwined with other rides. notes Van Dam. “There are some smaller facilities,
Making Magic
The waterpark will also be home to China’s first but the quality and design of these are sub-par. I
This eagerly-awaited new facility AquaLoop looping waterslide courtesy of WhiteWater expect that the Watercube will raise the bar for
is being developed by Forrec and West, a Tornado, Bullet Bowl, tube slides, body waterparks in China.”
its partners for Beijing Happy
slides, a lazy river, wave pool and other water play “The industry in China is growing quickly as the
Watercube Waterpark Ltd. This
features. Chinese public demands quality waterparks with
successful private enterprise is in
Unlike most indoor facilities though, the towers and international operations,” observes Alan Mahony. The
the early stages of making a
slides must be fully contained within the building, Australian waterpark veteran has been contracted to
name for itself in the waterpark,
theme park and resort
requiring strategic placement of all attractions and oversee construction on site, as well as providing
development business in China.
thematic elements. The finished product will provide operations expertise as the park prepares to open this
It already has plans for several
capacity for up to 2,700 guests at a time. coming June.
more projects in the coming
The Happy Magic Watercube will be marketed “This promises to be one of the leading indoor
years. primarily at local families. However, the National waterparks in the world,” concludes Van
“The client has been wonderful Aquatic Center is currently the third most visited Dam. “It will provide
to work with,” confirms Forrec
attraction in Beijing, after the Great Wall and the enjoyment for many families
vice-president Anthony Van Dam.
neighbouring Bird’s Nest stadium. Around 20,000 and, thanks to the unique
“They have very high
people a day come to the marvel at the building’s design, offer two very different
expectations and are focused on
structure, so tourists from all over China and but memorable experiences by
quality and innovation. Although
the company and its leadership
beyond are expected to enjoy the waterpark once it is day and night. We
are humble and have made an
open. can’t wait to see it
effort to remain anonymous, I
“Surprisingly there is little competition locally,” open.”
expect you will be hearing
much more of them in
the coming years.”
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