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Aquatoria Construction takes place on the waterpark

Construction of the world’s biggest aluminium- domed indoor waterpark is now underway in Donetsk, Ukraine. The 5,667 sq m Aquatoria structure is being built by the Canadian company OpenAire Inc and is set to open early next year. The free-standing dome will be 26m high with a diameter of 85m and feature a retractable design that slides open in a smooth rotating motion, opening up to 50% of the structure to sunlight and fresh air. Waterppark attractions will be supplied WhiteWater.

Donetsk is one of four cities co-hosting UEFA Euro 2012 football championships. Aquatoria promises to increase tourism and growth in this traditionally industrial area, creating a unique, appealing destination for locals and international visitors alike.

Freischütz at Bayern Park

The new signature attraction at Bayern Park in Reisbach, Bavaria, Freischtüz is Maurer Söhne’s latest LSM launch coaster. Featuring the most inversions of any coaster in Germany, the new ride is the first to feature a flying launch, with the option for the operator to send riders on a second circuit. This efficient ride uses energy recovered from the brakes to power the next launch. Fired out of the station at up to 80km/h, the adrenaline rush for the riders is particularly intense as the track climbs up Bayern Park’s hilly terrain.

After the launch, a top hat with an inversion, a loop, a half pipe combination with substantially banked curves and a complete 360º heart roll follow. After this passengers are taken through an inclined loop, a second 360º roll and then back into an extremely steep curve, back into the station and maybe – just maybe if the park is quiet enough – a second launch! One 12-seater train is used, comprising two 6-seater X-Car ride vehicles. Hourly capacity is around 600 riders based on a single 1-minute and 40- second ride time. Freischütz features a total of 483-metres (1,585ft) of track and a highest point of 24m (79ft).

LSM motors are used throughout, meaning no magnetic brakes. By the time you read this the ride should also be equipped with Maurer’s LED Fire Wheels for an eye-opening light show after dark.

A rendering of the finished project Snö Cove set for growth

After a successful second season, Pennsylvania’s Snö Cove waterpark is ready to expand.

The 25-acre attraction was created by adding summer-friendly facilities to the Snö Mountain ski resort. After pitching the price a little too high during the inaugural season, management slashed admission fees this year and found this was more than offset by the increased attendance, thus necessitating increased capacity. Current attractions include a lazy river, a wave pool by Family Fun Corp and Murphy's Waves, tube slides, body slides, an 8-lane pro racer, and a Tornado funnel slide, all from ProSlide. There is also a interactive children’s area with slides, fountains, sprayers and more. The entry fee of $19.99 ($16.99 concessions) also includes mini golf, batting cages, volleyball and bumper boats. For an upcharge the park offers the region’s only Zip Rider, a half-mile long cable ride from Terra-Nova that flies directly over the waterpark. Snö Mountain resumes its operations as a ski resort this winter.

The waterpark has been a summer success for the ski resort

Boulder Beach's Ricochet Rapids

WhiteWater West has installed a Family Python slide, its third this season, at Boulder Beach Waterpark, part of Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho. Named Ricochet Rapids, the new attraction is a fully-enclosed 737ft-long (225m) tube slide making full use of the park’s existing terrain. A highlight of the experience is a colossal 20ft (6.1m) MEGAtube section, where riders oscillate back and forth in five or six- person family rafts.

14 OCTOBER 2011

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