New slide open at Aquatica
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.