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Legoland Waterpark
Plans revealed in California
The first glimpse of the world’s first Lego-themed waterpark was provided recently wading areas, cabanas, shops and snack carts
at Legoland California Resort. The Carlsbad property will also unveil a new 4D will complete the offering.
film in 2010 featuring the Lego character Clutch Powers . It has been suggested Lego-themed
The 10th anniversary season in 2009 was a record year for Legoland California waterparks will be rolled out to other Merlin
according to general manager Peter Ronchetti, marking six years of continuous Entertainments properties around the world in
growth and a 6% leap in attendance over 2008. Guest satisfaction ratings were in the years to come.
the high 90s. The season also marked the first full year of operation for Sea Life
RIGHT: A Lego Master Builder demonstrates
Carlsbad, the family aquarium located next to Legoland.
the waterpark concept
“Many theme parks across the country have reported difficult trading and
necessary cost control actions as a result of the challenging economic climate over
recent months,” noted Ronchetti. “So we feel very fortunate with all of the
expansion here at Legoland California Resort to be able to report that our
Hawaiian Falls
attendance continues to grow.”
Legoland California’s owner, Merlin Entertainments, is investing more than $15
million dollars into the resort this season. The 5.5 acre Legoland Water Park opens
Torpedoed
in June, located at the north end of the existing park behind Fun Town. Entrance
All three Hawaiian Falls waterparks in Texas will
will be available for a $10 upgrade.
open a Torpedo thrill ride for the 2010 season.
Geared for families with children aged two to 12, the
Created by WhiteWater West, each
centrepiece of the waterpark will be a 45ft splash
attraction will comprise two speed slides linked
tower which will pour hundreds of gallons of water
to a four-storey tower. Riders will step into a
over kids standing beneath.
capsule at the top of the ride. Anticipation
Also featured will be several
will build with a countdown and special
The launch capsule at the
water slides including a six-
effects. A hatch will then open under their
start of the ride
person raft slide and one-
feet, turning the riders into human torpedoes as
person tube slide, plus a zoo-
they freefall at speeds up to 40mph down the slide.
themed waterplay area and
Located in Garland, The Colony and Mansfield, Hawaiian Falls will be
slides for toddler. Guests can
the first waterparks in the world to have such an attraction, where
relax on the Build-A-Raft river
passengers can race one another down the slides.
(lazy river) using a themed
Lego raft.
Spread throughout the
waterpark will be more
Omaka
than 20 Lego models and
interactive water features. Two beach
Rocka
ProSlide’s new two-man Topsy-
Wailua Kapua
Turvy tubing ride opens this
spring at Aquatica in Orlando,
Construction at Lost Island in Waterloo, Iowa, is right on schedule for the
where it will appear with the
waterpark’s new waterslide coaster, which will open In time for the venue’s
name Omaka Rocka.
10th anniversary in June.
This “surprise” slide offers a
Wailua Kapua, which translates to “purple Hawaiian river dragon,” is a
unique catalogue of thrills
990ft-long ProSlide hydro-magnetic Rocket coaster. ProSlide crews having
including high-speed tube and half-pipe funnels as riders negotiate an unexpected
been working tirelessly to have the new blue and purple ride ready for the
series of twist and turns. They will speed down flumes into massive funnels, sliding
new season amidst cold winter weather and heavy Iowa winds.
high up one side and then the other, rocking back and forth, feeling a sensation of
Although the ride itself is powered by magnets, Wailua Kapua will also
near weightlessness. Coming out of the funnel, riders will skim into a drenching
have one of the first ride-up conveyors in the world. Instead of a series of
splashdown. Aquatica is a sister property to SeaWorld Orlando.
stairs leading up to the
beginning of the ride, guests
will get in the four-person
boats at the bottom of the first
hill and ride the conveyor up
to the top before the first
drops begin.
Lost Island also features
other ProSlide water rides like
the Tornado, CannonBowl,
OctopusRacer and Dark
Mammoth.
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