Building on the trend toward more skills-based attractions that offer interactivity, SCS
Interactive and WhiteWater West Industries in Richmond, British
Columbia, Canada, have introduced musical play components.
WhiteWater West Industries’ AquaTune
(pictured top, left) works as a standalone, or as part of an
existing AquaPlay structure. The basic model comes in a variety of
colors and features 12 notes that resemble the musical scale.
Participants engage by covering one of the 12 water-jet finger
holes. It operates on a 12V power supply; solar panel and other
powerless options are available.
The SCS HydroPhone also makes music out of water.
It’s designed as a standalone attraction or as an add-on to
an SCS HydroDek play unit. To create a melody, participants place
their fingers over any of the flute-like finger holes. The standard
model comes in either stainless steel or fiberglass and is
approximately 5 feet long. Custom options also are
Empex Watertoys of Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada, now is offering the Aquadek
T410-243S, a climb-and-slide structure designed
specifically for chlorinated sprayparks or beach-entry shallow
pools. The Aquadek provides step entry for adult access and three
different slide designs to accommodate children up to age 12.
Additionally, it includes a variety of water sprays and comes
preplumbed for water distribution. Fabricated from nonferrous,
composite and specialty plastics, it comes with a lifetime
corrosion warranty,weighs less than a metal version, and can be
surface mounted without elaborate foundations, minimizing
The ProSlide RideHOUSE, which debuted at the Olympic Watercube
in Beijing, features a number of water cannons, active water
sprays,and scaled-down versions of many ProSlide rides, some never
found on a multilevel water play structure before.
These include the OctopusRACER and FireSlides. The RideHOUSE at Watercube also features a high-volume, high-speed water dump and scaled-down versions of the TORNADO, the ProSlide BulletBOWL and 12 other water rides.
Waterplay Solutions’ Mega Soaker is a tripod
design, dump-bucket-style feature that reaches nearly 18 feet high
and drops as much as 90 gallons of water every 90 seconds on anyone
The Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada-based company put more than a
year of research and development into the product, which features
smooth lines, a circular form and hidden hardware. The tripod
design creates a unique aesthetic, increases the ease of
installation and reduces installation cost compared with similar
products, according to the manufacturer. Additionally, the
deflector plate is easily adjustable based on water effect
preferences, while further customizations include graphics on the
bucket and panel add-ons.
Emerald FX/Mazur of Norwalk, Ohio, now is offering custom themed slide elements
to provide an entertaining “face-lift” for existing
water slides. “As of now,we have eight separate designs to
choose from, with the ability to custom-create any design matching
any customer’s theme,” designer Ben Klunding
The themed elements are made of fiberglass and painted in a
UV-protected gel coat, developed to hold its shade/color for many
years. For additional excitement, operators may include a fog/smoke
Lasertech Productions is introducing Splash Encounters.
This state-of-the-art special effects system turns a regular water
slide into an interactive experience. Before embarking, riders
choose one of several theme options from a touch-screenmenu to
enhance their trip down the slide. Choices include scary as well as
fun themes to appeal to riders of all ages, and effects are created
with lights, fog and water screens.
Splash Encounters can be updated via the Internet and includes an
energy-saving sleep mode.
Another new option from the Mundelein, Ill.- based company is the
SlideFX Jukebox. The interactive Jukebox gives
riders the opportunity to experience any slide while listening to
one of 64 song choices, which can be updated and selected by the
Early this year, Murphy’s Waves will debut its StingRay half-pipe design
stationary wave machine. Stingray comes with short and long boards,
and uses shallow, fast-flowing water to provide a body board and
skim-boarding experience. The water flow can be easily adjusted
from the remote panel so that the ride is suitable for all age
groups and experience levels. The first installation will be in Kansas.