AquaLoop

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AquaLoop
AquaLoop at Wet'n'Wild Water World.jpg
Four AquaLoops at Wet'n'Wild Gold Cost in Australia.
General Statistics
Type Water slide
Designer WhiteWater West, AQUARENA
Height 17 m (56 ft)
Drop 16 m (52 ft)
Length 88.4 m (290 ft)
Speed 60 km/h (37 mph)
Duration 7 seconds
Installations 20+
Restrictions Riders must be at least 120 cm (3 ft 11 in) in height and weigh between 45 kg (99 lb) and 130 kg (290 lb) to ride.[1]

An AquaLoop is a type of body water slide where single riders are dropped down a near vertical slide and into an inclined loop. They are usually located in water parks.

History[edit]

Austrian manufacturer Aquarena developed the world's first mass-produced fully inverted looping water slide, known as the AquaLoop.[2] The slide is currently licensed and distributed by Canadian water slide manufacturer WhiteWater West.[3] There are nearly 20 AquaLoop installations around the world.[4] The first installation was at Terme 3000 water park, Slovenia in 2008.[5] Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast was the first to install more than one AquaLoop at a single location.[6][7][8] The AquaLoop uses a trap-door to release riders down a 17-metre (56 ft) near-vertical decent at a speed of up to 60 kilometres per hour (37 mph). Riders experience 2.5 Gs in less than 2 seconds.[9] The whole ride is over within 7 seconds.[10]

Ride[edit]

An AquaLoop is launched from a 17-metre (56 ft) platform. A single rider is loaded into a launch chamber where they stand with their hands across their chest. After a countdown, a trapdoor opens and the rider immediately drops 16 metres (52 ft) inside a near vertical slide. The rider accelerates to 60 kilometres per hour (37 mph) in just 2 seconds before entering the loop element. This element is a variation of the traditional vertical loop because it lies on an angle of approximately 45°. This variation of a loop is called an inclined loop. The 88.4-metre (290 ft) slide is over within 7 seconds.[10][11]

Installations[edit]

AquaLoop at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast
Name Water park Location Number of slides Opened
360Rush Wet'n'Wild Sydney Australia Prospect, New South Wales, Australia 4 slides 12 December 2013 [12]
AquaLoop Paradise Island Water Park China Chengdu, China 1 slide 28 June 2013 [citation needed]
AquaLoop Beijing Watercube Water Park China Beijing, China 1 slide 8 August 2010 [13][14]
Mambo Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin' United States Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 4 slides 2012 [15]
Aqualoop Calypso Park Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 2 slides 24 June 2011 [16]
AquaLoop Caribbean Bay South Korea Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea 4 slides 17 June 2011 [17]
AquaLoop El Rollo Mexico Tlaquiltenango, Morelos, Mexico 1 slide 2014 [18]
El abismo Parque Acuático Ixtapan Mexico Ixtapan de la Sal, State of Mexico, Mexico 1 slide 2010 [19]
La Chute Jay Peak Resort United States Jay, Vermont, USA 1 slide 25 November 2011 [4]
Aqualoop Jolly Roger Amusement Park United States Ocean City, Maryland, USA 1 slide 2012 [citation needed]
Aqualoop Terme 3000 Slovenia Moravske Toplice, Slovenia 1 slide May 2008 [20]
AquaLoop Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast Australia Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 4 slides 18 September 2010 [21]
AquaLoop Camping Le Pommier France Villeneuve-de-Berg, Ardeche, France 1 slide June 2013 [22]
AquaLooping Aqua Magis Germany Plettenberg, Germany 1 slide 19 September 2008 [23]
Climax Waterbom Park Indonesia Kuta, Bali, Indonesia 1 slide 2011 [citation needed]
Cyclone World Waterpark Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 1 slide 12 August 2011 [citation needed]
L2 Wave Austria Wörgl, Austria 1 slide with double loop March 2010 [24][25]
Liwa Loop Yas Waterworld United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 1 slide Unknown [citation needed]
Looping-Rutsche Aqualand Germany Köln, Germany 1 slide 11 April 2009 [26]
Lunar Loop Wilderness Territory United States Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA 1 slide June 2012 [citation needed]
Scorpion's Tail Noah's Ark Water Park United States Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA 1 slide 29 May 2010 [4]
Booster Loop Aquaparc Switzerland Le Bouveret, Valais, Switzerland 1 slide 8 May 2010 [27]
Unknown Therme Amadé Austria Altenmarkt, Austria 1 slide August 2011 [28]
Pegasus II Kristall Palm Beach Germany Stein, Germany 1 slide with double loop 12 December 2012 [29]
Hurricane Loop Miramar Germany Weinheim, Germany 1 slide with double loop July 2012 [30]

Similar water slides[edit]

The first known existence of a looping water slide was at Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey in the mid-1980s. Their water slide featured a vertical loop but was repeatedly closed due to safety concerns.[31][32][33]

More recently, ProSlide developed the SuperLOOP which features a fast, downward spiralling helix after a trapdoor release.[34] The first installation was The Wedgie at WhiteWater World.[35] It was marketed as a looping water slide despite riders never actually experiencing an inversion.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AquaLoop - Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast". MyFun. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "AquaLOOP". Aquarena. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "AquaLoop". WhiteWater West. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c MacDonald, Brady (22 November 2009). "Water parks vie to open first U.S. looping water slide". LA Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Aqualoop". Aquarena. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "WhiteWater launches Dueling AquaLoops". WhiteWater West. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Fun the theme for school holidays". Gold Coast Bulletin. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Ardern, Lucy; Westthorp, Tanya (30 December 2009). "Gold Coast theme parks in ride war". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "New attractions for Coast theme parks". Gold Coast Bulletin. 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Stojceska, Milena (17 September 2010). "Wet'n'Wild's new AquaLoop set to thrill". Gold Coast Bulletin. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  11. ^ WhiteWater West (12 January 2010). "AquaLoop". YouTube. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "360Rush (Wet'n'Wild Sydney)". Parkz. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Farrar, Lara. "Beijing's Water Cube now has slides, rides, a wave pool and spa". CNNGO. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Attractions - AquaLoop". Beijing Watercube Waterpark. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Weltweit erste Aqualoop Loopingrutsche". 
  16. ^ Levine, Arthur. "Calypso Waterpark". About.com. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "아쿠아 루프 오픈기념 1,000명에게 쏜다!". Samsung Everland. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "El Rollo Aqualoop". 
  19. ^ "El abismo". 
  20. ^ "Weltweit erste Aqualoop Loopingrutsche". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "AquaLoop (Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast)". Parkz. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  22. ^ "Aqua Park - Aqua Breeze". Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "AquaMagis Plettenberg - Looping-Wasser-Rutsche". AquaMagis. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "L2 - die Doppel-Looping Rutsche". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  25. ^ ""L2" - The World's First Double-Loop Water Slide". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "Aqualand in Köln mit Loopingrutsche". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "L'Aquaparc du Bouveret inaugure le Booster Loop le 8 mai 2010". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  28. ^ "THERME AMADÉ - Water Slides". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  29. ^ "Kristall Palm Beach in Stein - Doppel-Looping Rutsche". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  30. ^ "Rutschvergnügen - Miramar". 
  31. ^ Austin, op. cit., 21.
  32. ^ Fergus, Tom; May 2006; "Another Action Park Employee Spills His Guts", in "The Reaction to Traction at Action Park"; Weird NJ, 29.
  33. ^ Braybrook, Steve; May 2006; "A Survivor from Action Park Writes In", in "The Reaction to Traction at Action Park"; Weird NJ, 29.
  34. ^ "SuperLOOP". ProSlide. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  35. ^ "SuperLOOP - Installations". ProSlide. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  36. ^ WhiteWater World (7 April 2010). "THE WEDGIE WATER SLIDE". Commercial. YouTube. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 

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