Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Massive "Wonambi" Water Slide to Debut at Raging Waves in 2016

Raging Waves, billed as Illinois' largest water park, has announced the addition of the Wonambi water slide for the park's 2016 season.  The ride's name further expands the park's Australian theme, as the Wonambi was a prehistoric constrictor snake native to Australia.  The bright red, orange and yellow attraction will be one of Proslide's TornadoWave slides, only the third of its kind to open in the United States.

© Raging Waters
This layout shows what Wonambi will offer riders when it opens this coming summer.  The ride starts with a couple gentle curves before the "constrictor" part of the slide's name kicks in with a tight 540 degree downward helix - completely enclosed as well.  The helix feeds directly into a large drop that is also partially enclosed and will send the 4 person rafts speeding into the giant wave element.  The rafts will slide high up the side of the wave until gravity takes over, providing a moment of zero gravity before heading down the final chute to the pool.

"Wonambi truly does take your breath away and it is one of the most dynamic and thrilling rides that a waterpark has to offer," said Randy Witt, Raging Waves co-owner.  "When it comes to offering thrills, Raging Waves leads the way in the Midwest."  The water park has also released a teaser video for Wonambi, embedded below.