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Ropes on water! AquaCourse opens in Alabama

Put a ropes course in a waterpark? Why didn't anyone think of this before? Enter WhiteWater with its new AquaCourse, a multi-level play structure that sends safely harnessed guests through a course of ropes, towers, bridges and zip lines. The first unit has opened at Alabama's Splash Adventur (formerly Alabama Adventures Theme Park) in the USA.

By removing all of the barriers of typical waterplay structures, such as decks and handrails, guests can safely interact with others without any obstacles in the way. Geysers bubble up from below, sprays drop from overhead, water guns shoot from side to side and even spectators can get

Rides revealed for Yas Waterworld

WhiteWater has revealed that it is supplying 12 of 14 waterpark attractions for Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi. The other two will come from ProSlide, including a Hydro Magnetic Mammoth and Tornado. Vekoma, meanwhile is installing an interactive Splash Party water coaster.

Set on over 15 hectares at Yas Island – adjacent to Ferrari World – the new waterpark is expected to become one of the biggest in the Middle East, competing with existing United Arab Emirates facilities such as Wild Wadi and

Aquaventure at Atlantis, Dubai. WhiteWater’s contribution includes the world's first Rattler Megatube waterslide, plus an AquaLoop, AquaPlay AP300, AquaPlay Giant RainFortress (pictured below), AquaTune, Extreme River, Family Waves, FlowBarrel Ten Double, FlowRider Double (pictured above), Freefall Slide, Inner-Tube Slides, Kids' Slides, Rattler, Speed Slide, SuperBowl and Whizzard. The Canadian company will also deliver the world’s first SplashQuest, a live action video game adventure using a patented waterproof AquaGlove or SplashBand. Players activate dozens of fun water effects to score points while following clues to complete challenges as they actively explore the quest spread all over the waterpark.

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action by pulling a rope that dumps a bucket of water onto the head of those paying on the AquaCourse.

Up to 20 different types of automated and manually-operated water features can be combined in a variety of ways to make each AquaCourse installation as wet or dry as the operator desires.

Waterpark for Georgia’s newest city

Anaklia, which was awarded city status in August 2011, will welcome a waterpark as from this summer. The new facility will belocated at the Anaklia City Resort, a luxurious seaside development on Georgia’s Black Sea coast. AquaPark Anaklia has been designed by WhiteWater and will feature of the Canadian company’s newest waterslides, the Constrictor. The flume expands from 4.5ft (1.3 m) to 7ft (2.1m) and back again, delivering a series of spirals which allow riders to experience the tightest, highest banked turns in the waterpark industry.

Other WhiteWater attractions will include a Family Rattler, Master Blaster, Boomerango, AquaPlay AP350, AquaLoop, family wave pool, innertube slides, a speed slide and SuperBowl.

Adventure Forest at Wilderness at the Smokies

Following an exceptionally strong 2011 season, Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee, has opened a new attraction called Adventure Forest. “Unlike our other attractions, Adventure Forest is a ‘dry’ park,” notes Wilderness at the Smokies’ general manager Steve Cruz. “It features a three-storey ropes course, a multi-level enclosed laser tag arena, mini-bowling, black-light mini-golf, more than 100 arcade games, a laser maze, a 25ft tall spring ride, a 23ft climbing wall, party rooms, restaurant and lounge, plus other attractions that do not involve water – all of it indoors and open year-round.”

The new addition will be open to the general public, whereas the all the existing amenities are available only to Wilderness at the Smokies resort guests. Wilderness at the Smokies is the largest tourism investor in Sevier County after Dollywood. On June 1, Wilderness at the Smokies will open Wild Vortex, a 66ft-tall AquaLoop waterslide from WhiteWater.

14 MAY 2012

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