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Sugar rush

Inspired by sweets, candy, ice cream and vibrant colours, the Aquadolce range was launched by leading water park equipment manufacturer Empex Watertoys at the Euro Attractions Show last month. President Wyeth Tracy tells Park World why this vibrant new design is the perfect way to harness the ‘pester power’


esigned to appeal to kids of all ages, the effervescent new design of Empex's latest theme features colourful paint lines, organic

forms, and abstract representations of sweet treats like lollipops, jelly beans and ice cream sundaes. The focal point is a dynamic Aquadolce climb ‘n’ slide Aquadek, surrounded by interactive water play features and fibreglass slides for kids. Empex Watertoys’ aim is to present products with

the best quality, the best colour and the best guarantee of fun, Tracy tells Park World. “What could be more enticing for kids than candy colours and better still, water features and water play structures that become a candy store?” The inspiration for the design struck whilst Tracy

was visiting a candy store. “I looked at the mountain of jelly beans, and a light went on and I started to think about a new exciting colour scheme with playful images of vibrant water features. Jelly beans escalated to the twirls of color that make up lollipops, the rich orange of sherbet, the seductive mint greens and purples and yellow in vibrant multi-color sprinkles. Then we proceeded to think about gumballs, ice cream sundaes and cupcakes. How about a cherry on top?”

The swirls of colour are added to the individual

water features, which then surround a large Aquadolce climb and slide structure, with the overall effect of a magical world of sweet treats and aquatic fun for children and adults alike.

Variations on a theme Designed to make a great addition to any splash pad or splash park, the Aquadolce collection has more than 20 colourful water features varying in size from 40cm to over 3.3 metres, and has a wide range of potential applications - indoors, outdoors, rooftops, cruise ships, hotels, municipal centres, etc. It encourages physical and mental development through active and creative play, allowing young guests to imagine and dream through play and colour stimulation. Interactivity has always been a

key focus for Empex Watertoys, Water Wheels, levers, buttons, spinning tops have all been incorporated into Aquadolce in strategic ways in order to balance and maximise interaction with safety.

“Using a larger pipe size helps to accentuate the

vibrant colours of this theme,” explains Tracy. “Empex’s signature tactile rounded forms are paramount for safe play, and these forms lend themselves well to the theme. Spheres, domes, twists, ripples, wiggles, circles and balls are intermixed into a myriad of playful shapes and structures, and then candy colours are added to create the magical aquatic play area.” He continues: “Young children are drawn to the

colourful play features like bees to honey! It will be a visual and playful event they will remember after they have left for home. Children have the ‘pester power’ and will pester the parents to return. This generally results in the whole family going to the venue and results in increased per capita spending.” Splashparks are a relatively small investment for

operators, and one which has the potential to increase the length of stay in a theme park or waterpark anywhere from four to six hours. The Aquadolce ensures there is a creative variety of interactive play features to entertain kids as they rotate through the different sweets.



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