SeaWorld's Aquatica Waterpark to premier new slide in 2018

'HooRoo Run' will close permanently Oct. 31 to accommodate construction

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A rendering of the new three-in-one Ray Rush waterslide

ORLANDO, Fla. - A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park in spring 2018. "Ray Rush" promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure that 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 that spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air half-pipe 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” Aquatica Orlando vice president Cathy Valeriano said. “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 inches 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 Oct. 31. 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. 

For a limited time, Florida residents can purchase an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass for only $10 per month with EZpay. Aquatica Pass members get unlimited admission and free parking as well as discounts and the opportunity to be among the first to ride "Ray Rush" when it opens.

For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

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