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Asia-Pacific


SlideWheel keep on turnin’


the world’s first rotating waterslide. Park World takes a closer look at this ground-breaking waterslide concept According to Stephan Mark Spiller, wiegand.maelzer


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CTO, the concept for the SlideWheel began with an idea posed by an 8-year-old boy and his father from Switzerland, who approached wiegand.maelzer asking why no one had yet built a rotating waterslide. Initial ideas looked at narrow tubes dropping out single


riders into a pool at the bottom, before moving on to wild shapes and knot-like structures. “Finally, we ended up with a beautiful symmetric star-like shape of a tube with the brilliant advantage of both start and exit being located in the same horizontal axis,” Spiller tells Park World. From there, wiegand.maelzer put together a team to


design the steel structure, mechanical parts, electric components, conveyors, light effects and control system for the whole ride. The final SlideWheel stands 22.5m tall, weighs 130 tons and is equipped with 2.7m diameter fibreglass elements, four friction drives, and three conveyor belts for raft handling and starting procedure.


erman-based waterslide manufacturer wiegand.maelzer took aquatic thrills to the next level last year with the launch of the SlideWheel -


A successful debut The first SlideWheel was installed at Chimelong Waterpark in Guangzhou China, earlier this year. “In 2017, a full-scale prototype was built up in our facility in Germany, to be tested and improved before delivery,” reveals Spiller. “At Chimelong, it took four months for installation and commissioning. Amazingly, we were able to complete the project in the timeline that has been set up more than one year prior to the opening, and the world’s first SlideWheel opened to the public on April 1, 2018.” At 24 meters high and 130 meters long, constantly


rotating, the SlideWheel makes a striking impression.The three colours indicate which section of the ride the guest is experiencing: green is acclimatisation, purple, acceleration, and orange is ascent. Three teams can be in the tube at any one time, meaning there is a total capacity of 12 people, working out to 480 teams per hour. After arriving at the start platform, riders take a seat in a


circular four-person raft. Sitting inside, they are automatically moved forward from the preparation conveyor to the start conveyor. The entrance to the SlideWheel is visible at this point, so the riders can see it rotating as they approach.


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