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ABC makes a splash at Legoland Malaysia

Opened along with the rest of the park on September 15, Dino Island at Legoland Malaysia provides a welcome retreat from the tropical heat. The flume was supplied by ABC Rides, and follows the installation over the years of various other water rides and tower rides from the Swiss manufacturer at Merlin Entertainments’ properties in Europe. After leaving the station area, each 8-seater boat sails through various right and left turns before entering the 12-metre-tall lift. At the top, riders then travel through a dark section and a small drop and

then back out into the open ready for the big plunge, producing an impressive splash that is great fun for spectators to watch.

The ride is built according to DIN 4112/EN 13814 standards. Running down the chute on supporting wheels, the boat also has side wheels to guide its path. Once back in the station the boat is lifted up onto a ramp, allowing for safe loading/unloading. A buffer separates the loading area from the unloading area and keeps a safe distance between boats.

The dispatch time between boats is 34 seconds, while total ride time is just over three minutes. Eight boats are used, providing a theoretical hourly capacity of 850. Children must be at least six years of age or over 1.2m-tall if riding with an adult or nine years and 1.4m if riding alone. WhiteWater in Europe

Summer 2012 was a very busy one for WhiteWater – particularly in Europe. “WhiteWater has noticed renewed growth in waterpark cultivation in Europe,” notes Sean Hinton, the company’s vice-president of business development for Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. “We recently opened an office in Barcelona to address this growth and we look forward to bringing some original, innovative attractions to the European market.” Three WhiteWater-supplied waterparks opened recently in Eastern Europe. Featuring breathtaking views of the Black Sea, Aqua Lazika in Anaklia, Georgia, debuted with the country’s president

Mikheil Saakashvili on hand to celebrate. The waterpark features the world’s first Family Rattler, the only Constrictor in the region, as well as a host of other attractions from the Canadian manufacturer.

In Ukraine, Donetsk Waterpark enjoys the distinction of being the world’s largest indoor waterpark inside a retractable aliminium-dome, boasting an area of 5,667 sq m (61,000 sq ft). One of the highlights of this project is the first Triple Charger, offering three twisting inner-tubes that nest together to form a distinctive Bowl shape. The Triple Charger allows riders to challenge each other to a thrilling race through a series of exciting twists and turns and because of its unique configuration, it features increased throughput and a compact footprint. Featuring an explorer theme, Romania’s Divertiland Park is an entertainment complex that recently completed its first phase with an amusement park and a waterpark. The waterpark, La Plaja Acua Park, spans 40,000 sq m (430,556 sq ft) and features something for everyone. The AquaPlay RainFortress is the highlight, with its detailed Egyptian theming and gigantic tipping bucket.

LEFT: Family Rattler at Aqua Laziak in Georgia 12 OCTOBER 2012

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