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Six Flags gets wet!

SkyBox launch capsules are planned on several attractions

Following our round-up last issue of new rides for Six Flags parks in the United States, here’s a quick round- up of new waterpark attractions destined for various properties across the group. All of them come courtesy of ProSlide Technologies. At Splashwater Kingdom, part of The Great Escape in Lake George, New York, a two level water slide

complex called Alpine Freefalls is set to open in May. It will feature Cliffhanger, the park’s first freefall speed slide with Skybox launch capsule and Twisted Racer, a four-lane mat race through enclosed tunnels, culminating in a straight shot to the finish line where

Looping slides similar to those coming to Six Flags St Louis

each competitor’s time will be displayed on LED boards.

A ProSlide mat racer similar to that planned for The Great Escape

Zierer launch coaster for Busch Williamsburg

Construction has started on Verbolten, a new multi-launch rollercoaster by Zierer for Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia. Located in the American park’s Oktoberfest Village area, on the site of the former Big Bad Wolf coaster, the 2,835ft-long ride will feature two launches, themed elements, sound and light effects, high speed turns and an 88ft final drop to the water. Reaching a top speed of 53mph, guests will be seated in one of five 16-seat trains.

Zooom! at Flamingo Land

Guests at England’s Flamingo Land have been soaring high this season courtesy of the park’s ninth rollercoaster, Zooom! by Zamperla. The family-focused attraction features five suspended 4-seater planes, which travel along 172-metres of track. In a similar fashion to Zamperla’s smaller Flying Tigers ride, the planes lift as they turn each corner.

The world’s first duelling body bowl waterslide, 360Rush by SplashTacular, opened this summer at Spring Valley Beach waterpark in Blountsville, Alabama. Two riders race each one other from the top in a timed gating system that increases the suspense. When the countdown finishes, the riders drop simultaneously through an opaque floor into two almost vertical 32-inch diameter tubes, where they quickly accelerate at speeds of more than 30mph. “The drop gate is a different level of excitement all by itself,” says Spring

Valley Beach CEO, Travis Gilliland. “First you have the countdown, then the doors go out from under you.”

At the bottom, the two riders chase each other in a body bowl, circling around and around until finally settling at a gentle stop before climbing the stairs to ride again.

The slide was built using a new closed bag moulding system, which allowed

SplashTacular to produce better-quality fibreglass product in a shorter timeframe. Spring Valley Beach ordered the slide on January 1, and it opened to the public on July 1, leaving only 26 weeks from order date to installation and testing.

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Missouri’s Six Flags St Louis will add an extreme body slide to its Hurricane Harbor waterpark. Bonzai Pipeline features twin looping slides that sit side by side and a Skybox launching capsule. Over in New Jersey, ProSlide will retrofit Skyboxes to The Falls slide tower at Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags Great Adventure.

World’s first duelling Body Bowl

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