COLOSSAL CURL™ CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
12/16/2013 9:17:00 AM
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The first pieces of Water Country USA’s new family thrill attraction Colossal Curl™ arrived at the water park Dec. 12. Colossal Curl, the first of its kind in North America, is scheduled to open in spring 2014. ©2013 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Click here to watch Water Country USA’s official Colossal Curl™ announcement
Colossal Curl™ Construction begins
New Family Thrill Attraction To Make A Splash
At Water Country USA® in Spring 2014
WILLIAMSBURG (December 16, 2013) – Construction of Colossal Curl™, Water Country USA’s newest family thrill attraction began today, marking the start of an aggressive schedule to complete the attraction in time for a spring 2014 opening.
Surveys, soil testing and other preliminary site work for Colossal Curl began earlier this fall, but the main phase of construction was scheduled to start this month.
“Today, we began clearing the site and excavating for the slide’s foundations," said Engineering Director Suzy Cheely who is overseeing construction of the Colossal Curl project. “The slide’s footings will form a solid foundation for Colossal Curl’s tower and other structural supports that will secure the slide’s fiberglass tubes and thrill elements.”
Crews will work this winter to prepare the area for the tower and ride assembly phase scheduled in the spring. Colossal Curl’s opening date has not been announced.
While slide assembly is still several months away, the first sections of colorful tubing arrived via tractor-trailer late last week. The pieces will eventually be assembled and attached to the slide’s support structures that make up the backbone of the attraction.
True to its name, Colossal Curl will thrill guests with a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure through a 552-foot-long water slide. The family thrill attraction features a funnel element that will swish and swirl up to four riders aboard a cloverleaf-shaped raft before whisking them through the slide’s enclosed tubes on their way to a wave element that hurtles them high above the park.
“Colossal Curl will tower over the park’s main entrance, showcasing the slide’s nearly 70-foot drop,” said Jeff Thomas, Water Country USA’s vice president. “It will make a statement about the world-class attractions we offer here at Water Country USA.”
The unique combination of funnel and wave thrill elements, makes Colossal Curl the only attraction of its kind in North America. The attraction will have the same 48-inch ride height requirement as Vanish Point®, which opened in 2011 and has thrilled guests with its drop-away floors and speed slides.
Water Country USA fans began speculating about the park’s new attraction on Oct. 28 when the first of three teaser videos appeared on the Williamsburg theme parks’ official social media sites. A final video, released Nov. 12, ended the speculation with an official ride announcement. Click here to view the videos.
Colossal Curl will make a splash at Water Country USA in spring 2014. For more information, visit www.watercountryusa.com/colossalcurl.
Guests can dive into summertime fun at Water Country USA®, Virginia’s largest water park. The park offers fun for the entire family with a retro surf theme, resort-style amenities and water rides. Attractions include Vanish Point®, a drop slide with two ways to drop straight down and out of sight. Water Country USA also includes pools, children’s play areas and lazy rivers, offering hours of fun in the summer sun. The park features resort-style amenities to help guests make the most of their day, including lounge chairs and deluxe cabana rentals. With Water Country USA’s refreshing water rides, live entertainment and delicious eateries, the park offers fun for everyone. For more information, visit watercountryusa.com.