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The Tornado has landed: World's premier funnel slide now at Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas
Published on Tue, May 27, 2014 (1:49 p.m.)LAS VEGAS, May 27, 2014 – The Tornado has touched down in Las Vegas at Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas and joins the water park’s more than 25 slides and attractions for its second season. The acclaimed new slide that provides a zero gravity experience launched Memorial Day weekend coinciding with the beginning of the park’s daily operating schedule.
The only slide of its kind in Nevada, the Tornado is a four-person raft attraction that catapults riders from 36 feet in the air through a 110-foot tunnel before dropping them into the 45-foot-wide funnel where they spin back and forth through swirling water before plummeting into the eye of the storm. As the raft sweeps up the Tornado wall and crosses its centerline, guests experience weightlessness or zero gravity. With their raft almost vertical on the wall, riders report feeling like they are about to tip over, but the curved funnel wall keeps them perfectly safe. After a series of these oscillations, they descend through a tube to the exit pool.
The slide has been developed by industry leader ProSlide Technology. The innovation and ride performance of the ProSlide TORNADO has been recognized with many Best Water Ride honors, including the field’s most prestigious Impact Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).
“We were so happy to open the park in April, providing a longer season for guests; but I am even more excited and thankful that our construction partners have met our commitment to launch our new ride on time giving visitors a new way to enjoy outdoor water park fun, particularly with such an acclaimed slide as the Tornado,” said Takuya Ohki, general manager of Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas. “The Tornado’s true funnel shape is patented by ProSlide and can’t be replicated. It’s the physics of the funnel shape that create an unparalleled experience for riders. With the addition of the Tornado and the other improvements we’ve added at the park this year, we expect another phenomenal season.”
Special activities celebrating the launch of the Tornado were held with Tornado Twister games to benefit Opportunity Village, and a DJ, music and other competitions for prizes, including the limbo, dancing, hula hooping, and trivia.
Guests were invited to participate in Wet‘n’Wild’s “Twist to Assist” effort to support a local nonprofit organization by playing Tornado Twister on a giant inflatable Twister board. The cost to play was $5 per team – up to four people – with winners entered into a drawing for prizes. All proceeds from the games benefit Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization serving people in the Southern Nevada community with significant intellectual disabilities to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Founded in 1954, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected Community Habilitation Programs in the United States.
Ohki added park improvements include extended operating hours, more shade and seating, additional parking, warmer water in the kid’s area, and a new season pass option, providing several affordable ways to enjoy the park all summer.
Wet‘n’Wild also has added more special events, such as offering more Friday night Dive‘n’Movies and serving as a host site for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 20. To participate and for more information, visit
www.wetnwildlasvegas.com or https://www.facebook.com/WetnWildLasVegas.
Wet‘n’Wild’s three pass options all offer discounted pricing when buying four or more of the same type. For example, the current Season Pass, Gold Pass and VIP Pass discount is $69.99, $89.99 and $129.99, respectively with increasing benefits. Prices are subject to change. For details about season passes and daily admission tickets, park operating hours and days, group events, special events, and many in-park services, such as cabana, locker and tube rentals, visit www.wetnwildlasgas.com.
General park operating hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. or 10 p.m., depending on the day. For the most up-to-date information about the operating schedule and hours, visit: www.wetnwildlasvegas.com and click on Park Info.
Wet‘n’Wild is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Rd., just west of the I-215 and W. Sunset Road exit.
About Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas
One of the world’s most iconic water park brands, Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas opened for its second season with expanded hours, a longer operating season, a new slide opening Memorial Day weekend and other improvements. It is Nevada’s premier water park with more than 25 slides and attractions, and a place for both thrill seekers and families. For the more daring, the multimillion dollar park features the new Tornado, the world’s premier funnel slide that catapults riders through a swirling 45-foot-wide funnel; Rattler, the first slide of its kind in North America, and Constrictor, an extreme water slide featuring some of the tightest turns. Families and those desiring a more relaxing experience enjoy Splash Island, the interactive children’s area with kid friendly slides and a giant dumping bucket; Colorado Cooler lazy river; and Red Rock Bay wave pool. With great amenities including shaded areas, private cabanas and misting, Wet‘n’Wild is ideally located off I-215, at Sunset Road and Ft. Apache Road. The park is a partnership between Village Roadshow Theme Parks, the majority owner and overseer of day-to-day operations, and Las Vegas investors through SPB Partners, one of Nevada’s first private equity funds. For information, visit www.wetnwildlasvegas.com.
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