Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Ray Rush Waterslide to Premier at Aquatica Orlando in 2018

Today we have another water park attraction announcement, this time at Aquatica Orlando.  A brand new thrilling family raft ride, named Ray Rush, will open at the park in 2018.

The slide is described as combining three different thrilling aspects into one mega-attraction.  The slide will start from 60 feet in the air, where family and friends will board a ray-shaped raft and instantly be propelled at 33 feet per second with water jets into the slide's first fully enclosed section.  It sounds almost a bit like the what can be found on some water coasters, so this is quite an interesting element.

The rafts will then "swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls" before moving into another enclosed section.

© Aquatica Orlando
The final element will be a drop into an "open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray."  One more enclosed section will follow the ray-shaped wall, then a final splash will end the attraction.  All the elements of Ray Rush can be seen in the concept art released today by Aquatica Orlando, seen above.

The attraction will replace the HooRoo Run slide, which was a family raft ride that featured a few small hills on the way down, that slide will close on October 31st.  That means it will share the same slide tower as Walhalla Wave, which will temporarily close while Ray Rush is constructed.

Ray Rush will require only a 42 inch height requirement, allowing many members of the family to slide together.  It is expected to be ready to open for summer, 2018.