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Beat the desert heat! Legoland Water Park Dubai

When it opens next year, the new Legoland Dubai theme park will also feature a waterpark, a wise move from operator Merlin Entertainments given such facilities are among the leading attractions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Great news too for local families too, knowing they will have a cool and refreshing way to escape the heat. Aimed at children ages two to 12, the facility will feature some of the attractions tried and tested at

the existing Legoland Water Parks in the US and Malaysia, including a half-million gallon wave pool, the popular Build-A-Raft River and interactive Imagination Station, which lets children construct bridges, dams and cities and test their designs against the flow of water. Merlin will operate the park in conjunction with Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR), which is developing a cluster of three key theme parks including Legoland. The other two, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks, will be operated by Parques Reunidos. The development will also feature the Riverland Dubai retail/dining/entertainment district and Lapita Polynesian-themed family resort. “We are committed to offering unforgettable experiences for guests of all ages at Dubai Parks and

Resorts,” notes CEO Raed Al Nuaimi. “We are therefore very pleased to partner with Merlin Entertainments to bring this unique waterpark concept to the UAE. With the addition of the Legoland Water Park to our existing offering, we will now have a destination that boasts six major parks which together have over 100 rides and attractions.” Honey I shrunk the waterslides! Kid’s Boomerango

A large waterpark in Indonesia has added two of the smallest attractions available from WhiteWater. Cute aren’t they? The new Kid’s AquaSphere and

Kid’s Boomerango are new kid-sized versions of their “grown up” counterparts and can be found at Go! Wet at Grand Wisata, Eastern Jakarta. Both the slides are the first of

their kind. WhiteWater designed them with gentle slopes and speeds

in mind so they can be incorporated into shallower pools to ensure a safe and fun experience for even the youngest waterpark guests. “It was fun seeing these miniature versions of our usually massive waterslides come to life,” says Michael Ayotte, WhiteWater project manager. “Grand Wisata went above and beyond at their waterpark to provide younger visitors with the same level of excitement that their older brothers and sisters will experience!” Go! Wet is a 5-acre waterpark, the largest in all of Indonesia, and can

Deal Proposed to revitalise Rye Playland

A new $25 million deal has been announced to revitalise the historic Playland amusement park in Rye, New York. The investment, which must go before Westchester County legislators for

approval, would lead to the addition of new rides and restaurants and upgrade the existing infrastructure, while retaining the unique character of this family-friendly park. The deal was spearheaded by Nicholas Singer, partner and co-founder of Standard Amusements LLC and a Westchester native who spent his youth visiting the park and skating at the ice rink on its grounds. Operating expertise will be provided by former Cedar Fair COO Jack Falfas.


accommodate approximately 6,000 guests per day. The park’s operator aims to attract tourists and visitors from abroad while still catering to local park guests with the slogan “‘The Natural Gateway to Excitement”. Additional attractions include an assortment of larger WhiteWater slides, two custom-themed AquaPlay structures, a wave river and Indonesia’s largest wave pool.

Kid’s AquaSphere

MAY 2015

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