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Project 2018: Ray Rush

10/13/17 at 02:34pm in Project 2018: Ray Rush (Latest Edit: 10/13/17 at 02:34pm by Shane.)
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It would appear that SEAS is closing Colossal Curl again, but replacing the enclosed funnel with a clear "orb." Unlike Adventure Island's recent additions, SeaWorld has opted to give the cloned attraction it's own unique name.

Aquatica Orlando Wrote:NEW FAMILY RAFT SLIDE OFFERS THREE-IN-ONE THRILLS FOR GUESTS OF ALL AGES
Ray Rush Coming to Aquatica Orlando in 2018


ORLANDO, Fla. (October 12, 2017) – A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark in spring 2018. Ray Rush promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together.
At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. First, riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.
"Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won't be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction" said Cathy Valeriano, Aquatica Orlando vice president. "Ray Rush is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando."
Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42" to appeal to families with children and will accommodate up to four riders per raft. The new slide will be located on the north side of the park next to Walkabout Waters.
In order to make way for the new attraction, HooRoo Run will close permanently on October 31, 2017. To accommodate construction, Walhalla Wave will temporarily close on this date and re-open in spring 2018 alongside Ray Rush. For a limited-time, Aquatica Pass Members will receive a one-time Quick Queue to ride both HooRoo Run and Walhalla Wave on select days in October before construction begins in November.
The best way to experience Aquatica is with an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass. For a limited-time, Florida residents can purchase an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass for only $10 per month with EZpay. Aquatica Pass Members enjoy unlimited admission and free parking as well as discounts and the opportunity to be among the first to ride Ray Rush when it opens in spring 2018. For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.
Assemble your squad and get ready to turn up the fun at Aquatica in 2018. Get the latest Ray Rush updates by following Aquatica on Facebook and the SeaWorld Blog. Join the #RayRush conversation using #SplashSquad2018.
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10/13/17 at 03:39pm in Project 2018: Ray Rush (Latest Edit: 10/13/17 at 03:43pm by Zachary.)
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Wait just a minute.

Unless I've missed some big ProSlide news, they don't build spherical slide sections like that. Judging by the concept art, this is a WhiteWater product. When was the last time SEAS worked with anyone other than ProSlide...? I wonder why they opted to here, especially after having already cloned ProSlide's take on this layout at Adventure Island. Fascinating turn of events.

If you had told me a few years ago that SEAS would be working with GravityGroup and WhiteWater in 2018, I'd have thought you were crazy...

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10/13/17 at 04:36pm in Project 2018: Ray Rush
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So this isn't a clone of Colossal Curl then? Or pretty damn close to a clone?

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10/13/17 at 11:23pm in Project 2018: Ray Rush
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10/14/17 at 07:04am in Project 2018: Ray Rush (Latest Edit: 10/14/17 at 07:05am by Zachary.)
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(10/13/17 04:36pm)Shane Wrote:  So this isn't a clone of Colossal Curl then? Or pretty damn close to a clone?

It looks more like what would result if WhiteWater was told to build a Colossal Curl clone. Harkens back to the time Arrow fulfilled an order for a B&M sit-down... Lips_sealed

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10/15/17 at 06:08pm in Project 2018: Ray Rush
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Hoodoo run was my favorite ride there. A loaded raft could get serious airtime on that ride.
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10/16/17 at 10:42am in Project 2018: Ray Rush
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Aw man, looks like we'll just miss the close of HooRoo Run for our visit in November. We love that ride!
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