DESCRIPTION: ZOOMbabwe (zoom-BOB-way) is the World’s Largest Enclosed Waterslide. An in-the-dark thrill ride, ZOOMbabwe will transport families down 10 stories with steep drops, fast back-and-forth action, banked curves, and a huge splash back into the sunlight. Nearly 900-feet long, the purple ZOOMbabwe will provide twists and turns, sudden drops, and the thrill of riding in complete darkness.
FEATURES: ZOOMbabwe riders will ascend the slide tower, winding into the woods where The Legend roller coaster soars. Once launched, rafts—each containing up to 4 persons—will plunge into total darkness. The purple tube is 9 feet in diameter, with the exception of three sections, where the width of the ride augments to 12 feet. There are also six “accelerators” or steep drops that will add additional speed and thrill to the ride.
HEIGHT/LENGTH: ZOOMbabwe is 102 feet tall and 887 feet long, making it the World’sLargest Enclosed Waterslide.
WIDTH: The diameter of ZOOMbabwe ranges from 9 to 12 feet.
RIDE TIME: 50 seconds from launch to splashdown.
THEME: In keeping with Splashin’ Safari’s African/Californian theming, ZOOMbabwe will make use of colorful African masks and a variety of safari sound effects.
RAFTS: 24 rafts, each 6½ feet wide, with a capacity of up to 4 guests each (maximum 2 adults per raft); maximum weight per raft is 600 pounds.
CAPACITY: 1,000 Guests per hour.
SIZE: ZOOMbabwe will add four acres to Splashin’ Safari, bringing the water park’s size to 22 acres.
POOL DEPTH: The water depth of the splash pool ranges from zero to three feet.
HEIGHT LIMIT: Minimum 36 inches; children 36-to-48 inches tall must ride with an adult.
INVESTMENT: $1.7 million—the largest investment in Splashin’ Safari’s history.
RIDE DESIGNER: ProSlide Technologies, Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Released: 4 October, 2001
Media contact: Paula Werne, email@example.com; 812-937-5209