New slide open at Aquat­ica

Tampa Bay Times - - Etc - BY SHARON KENNEDY WYNNE Times Staff Writer

SeaWorld’s prom­ise to add new thrills in­stead of an­i­mal en­ter­tain­ers is build­ing steam as a new ride has opened in the com­pany’s Aquat­ica wa­ter­park in Or­lando.

Ray Rush, a new slide with an open air half-pipe that re­sem­bles a manta ray, opened last week. It’s the first in Florida to com­bine en­closed tube sec­tions, a gi­ant sphere and a drop into an open-air half­pipe, ac­cord­ing to SeaWorld.

Ray Rush is a 60-foot-tall, fourper­son raft slide that in­cludes wa­ter jet launches. The height re­quire­ment is 42 inches.

Ray Rush has three slide el­e­ments. First, pow­er­ful wa­ter jets pro­pel the rafts into the first of sev­eral en­closed tube sec­tions. Next, riders en­ter a gi­ant translu­cent sphere, rock­ing back and forth as waves of wa­ter swirl around them. Fi­nally, riders will drop into the at­trac­tion’s sig­na­ture el­e­ment, an open-air half pipe that re­sem­bles the shape of a manta ray.

SeaWorld also an­nounced this week that its main park is join­ing its sis­ter park, Busch Gar­dens, in of­fer­ing free beer this sum­mer. Guests 21 and up can re­ceive up to two free 7-ounce beers per visit at Mama’s Pret­zel Kitchen Pa­tio in the park start­ing to­day through Sept. 2.


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