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Count's Splash Castle at San Diego's Sesame Place

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As announced during the 2023 IAAPA Expo, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has paired up with ProSlide Technology with planned multiple-year installations of ProSlide's RideHouse waterplay slides and structures.

Last year's successful launch of Count's Splash Castle at San Diego's Sesame Place has led to more splashing good fun with ProSlide attractions. Three RideHouse installations similar to Count's Splash Castle will be added to SeaWorld parks in San Antonio, Tampa, and an undisclosed additional fourth park location.

The RideHouse attraction is a good selection for SeaWorld given its customizable diversity and appeal to both families and young kids. Made of multiple levels, the modular RideHouse is large enough to hold adults, allowing parents and children to enjoy the slides together. Each attraction will come at a cost of about $1.5 million, making it an affordable custom attraction for the parks.

According to ProSlide Technology senior vice president for global strategic partnerships, Jeffrey Janovich, one of the biggest appeals of these structures is guest ability to interact with different water features while ascending to the top of the slides.

“There's a sense of discovery,” he explains. “It's not just about sliding. It's about playing and engaging…on an elevated structure” before the slide experience itself.

As to the themes of each attraction, at Aquatica San Antonio, the slide will be known as Tikitapu Splash, while in Tampa's Adventure Island, it will be Castaway Falls. Both are slated for 2024 openings. The fourth, as yet unnamed, ProSlide attraction is scheduled for 2025.

Along with their different names, each attraction will have a very different and individual look designed to fit the park locations. Janovich relates that the original play structures which the ProSlide rides will be replacing, “had a very similar, almost identical look.” But in comparison, the new ProSlide RideHouse attractions will provide a complete custom design including both “site and theming requirements.”

Tampa's Castaway Falls will include over 100 different play elements, as well as four slides and three large-scale tipping buckets which will soak guests with over 1,300 gallons of water. Waterplay features will include everything from a variety of sliding or spinning buckets to spray jets and water shooters, water curtains, and soakers. Castaway Falls will replace an older attraction called Splash Attack, doubling its predecessor's size and capabilities.

Chris Baker, vice president of Adventure Island in Tampa describes the new attraction as one that guests of all ages will be eager to “dive into.” It will represent the park's tropical theming as part of a lush jungle retreat. It also forms a key aspect of Adventure Island's continued overall refurbishment and modernizing that so far has included the Rapids Racer, and the Wahoo Remix waterslides as well as a new tropically themed full-service beverage stop, the Hang-Ten Tiki Bar. In 2023, the park debuted a zero-depth pool area for the park's youngest guests called Shaka Laka Shores, which includes 25 different water play features. Other new attractions include a new cabana and lounge area, and the renovation of Captain Pete's.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island president Stewart Clark attests that “We are thrilled about Adventure Island's 2024 season…with the unveiling of Castaway Falls, the largest expansion in the water park's history continues, adding attractions, dining options and events to enhance the guest experience.” He describes the ride as being perfect for all ages and designed to harmonize with the park's relaxing tropic ambiance. Castaway Falls marks the latest part of the waterpark's expansion in over four decades.

Meanwhile, at Aquatica in Texas, Tikitapu Splash will have a footprint of over 15,000-square-feet, with three tipping buckets, four waterslides, and 104 play elements, among them geysers, water cannons, and waterspouts.

The new attraction will be positioned next to the shallow water pools of Whanau Waters, designed for the youngest park guests. Aquatica president David Skelton describes Tikitapu Splash as being one part of the parks “commitment to fun and innovation…” with a new “playland extravaganza” for the whole family. The theming here will very much differ from Tampa. The new Texas slide structure will utilize a theme that fits its name, taken from that of a small lake on New Zealand's North Island, and inspired by the MÄori culture of New Zealand. In fact, the name Tikitapu originates in MÄori history, referring to a sacred necklace said to be lost in the lake by the daughter of a Maori chief.

Regardless of where the last, still unnamed ProSlide Technology attraction ends up, according to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment corporate manager Conner Carr, ProSlide and SeaWorld have built a robust 20-year working relationship, one which has helped their parks to create a positive guest experience. “A good guest experience means making good memories,” she asserts, something that both SeaWorld and ProSlide are committed to providing.

Last November, ProSlide Technology Inc. won Leading-Edge Awards from the World Waterpark Association (WWA) for two of its recent projects, one of which was a 8,000-square-foot RideHouse concept, developed for IdaH2O at Roaring Springs, Idaho; the other was the Rocket Blast water coaster at Waldameer Water World in Pennsylvania, a toboggan style raft water coaster that can seat four riders and race them through the twists and turns of tunnels, on downhill runs, and up hills powered by water jets.

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