The Scorpion’s Tail: North America’s First Looping Waterslide
Noah’s Ark has just introduced North America’s first looping waterslide, set to debut Memorial weekend 2010. Once completed, “Scorpion’s Tail” will be just over 400-ft. in length. Riders will have to climb nearly 80 ft to the top of the lift tower to enter the launch rocket (a tube with a floor). On a countdown, the bottom will drop out of tube allowing gravity, water and force to take over whooshing the rider through a 45-degree angled loop-de-loop at speeds of up to 40 mph!
The ride’s manufacturer, Whitewater West describes the experience vividly, “If you jump out of an airplane you have a cord to pull to open the parachute. If you bungee jump off of a bridge you have a band tied to your ankles that will catch you. If you fall down a 300-ft. tower at an amusement park you sit on a seat. If you bungee jump off of a bridge you have a band tied to your ankles that will catch you. If you fall down a 300-ft. tower at an amusement park you sit on a seat and there’s a brake to stop you. If you go head first over a steep drop on a roller coaster you are strapped into a car on a track.
At Noah’s Ark this summer, riders will have nothing to grab onto… nothing to sit on…nothing to pull…and no restraints. The floor falls out and you fall, feet first, straight down a 10-story tower. Just your body, the water and the air around you, whooshing as you fall through it, taking you up, over and around the loop before you come to a stop at the end of the ride.”
Whew! Sounds like quite the thrill for adults and teens! Noah’s Ark also has the most amazing variety of water rides suitable for the rest of the family. Located on 70 acres in the heart of Wisconsin Dells, the largest waterpark in North America boasts 49 water slides, two giant wave pools, two “endless rivers,” four children’s water play areas, bumper boats, 18-hole miniature golf, and two high-capacity group amusement rides: “Flash Flood” and the “SpongeBob Squarepants 4-D Movie Theatre.”
The park is open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. For more information, please call Noah’s Ark Waterpark at (608) 254-6351, or visit www.noahsarkwaterpark.com.