Hersheypark, the 121-acre amusement park in Hershey, Pa., announced today its’ plans for two new family thrill attractions for The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park – Breakers Edge Water Coaster and Whitecap Racer.
Breakers Edge Water Coaster will be the world’s first HydroMAGNETIC water coaster with flying saucer turns and the 14th coaster at Hersheypark. Whitecap Racer will be the world’s longest mat racer. The new attractions will be located between Shoreline Sprayground attraction and Intercoastal Waterway lazy river and are slated to debut for Memorial Day weekend of 2018.
“We are very excited to announce not one, but two new attractions for 2018 to The Boardwalk At Hersheypark,” said Kevin Stumpf, General Manager Attractions & Entertainment of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. “Our guests always ask for coasters, water and family experiences…these attractions will deliver on all three.”
Breakers Edge Water Coaster will be the world’s first HydroMAGNETIC water coaster with flying saucer turns to smoothly rocket riders through splash-filled hills and sweet thrills that are perfect for the whole family. The four-person inline raft gives families a bobsled ride feeling as gravity drops and smooth Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) power guests up and down hills and turns. This water coaster has an estimated hourly ride capacity of 600 guests and a ride time of about one minute.
Whitecap Racer will be the world’s longest mat racer and will take guests 70 feet high as they race to the finish in six side-by-side tunnels to the bottom. Each rider speeds through two tight 360-degree loops, while open racing lanes with low separator lanes allow racers to see and hear each other as they challenge each other using a slider timing system.
ProSlide Technology Inc. is the manufacturer of both attractions. Both rides are family-friendly and have a height requirement of a Reese’s category and up (42″ and up).
The new attractions will be the biggest splash to The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park since it opened for the Park’s centennial season in 2007. The area features six water slides, a lazy river, wave pool and more than 600 interactive water features. These new attractions join more than 70 rides available for guests during the 2018 season at Hersheypark Amusement Park as part of a 3-parks-in-one Hersheypark admission, including ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park.
For more information, visit www.hersheypark.com.
Abundant water supplies in the mountains of Colorado will extend the whitewater rafting season this year, according to the Arkansas River Outfitters Association.
“We are having an unprecedented season,” AROA President Brandon Slate said. “We’ve already seen unbelievable river flows into August and that is expected to continue through Labor Day.”
August trips are delivering fun rafting typically seen in late June or July on the Arkansas River, Wilderness Aware Rafting guide Catelin Miles said.
“This is the prefect level to run the river because you still have big splashes that cover the boat,” Miles said. “Every day, we have spring water but with warmer summer temperatures.”
Colorado’s Arkansas River is fed by snowmelt from the state’s highest rocky peaks, bringing whitewater tumbling down for the nearly quarter-million visitors that go paddling each season. The river offers Class II-V sections as it drops 4,650 feet over 100 miles before leaving the Rocky Mountains.
Frequent afternoon rains this year naturally watered crops in the southeast portion of the state, allowing snowmelt to be stored in high-altitude reservoirs that were still full as of the second week of August.
“Water storage is in good shape and recreation benefits greatly from that,” AROA Executive Director Bob Hamel said.
As agricultural producers need the water for irrigation, it will be released from reservoirs and sent downstream through popular rafting sections such as Browns Canyon National Monument and the Royal Gorge, extending the boating season into the fall.
Variety is what makes the Arkansas River the country’s most popular rafting destination. The Class III sections in Browns Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon are available to kids ages 7 and up. The trips are popular for intermediate-level rapids and granite spire walls that plunge to the river banks.
The Royal Gorge offers more technical Class IV boating challenges and stunning beauty as the river flows through a 1,200-foot granite chasm and under the Royal Gorge Bridge towering overhead.
Visitors can choose from half-day, full-day and multi-day camping trips on the river.
For information about current water levels and booking a Colorado whitewater rafting adventure, contact an Arkansas River outfitter at www.ArkansasRiverOutfitters.org.
A successful water management agreement on the Arkansas River exemplifies Colorado’s dedication to its natural resources and the visitor experiences they support, according to the Arkansas River Outfitters Association (AROA).
The Arkansas River Voluntary Flow Management Program helps ensure there is water for whitewater rafting on the river well into August. The cooperative agreement among water users is unique in that it includes recreation in water management decisions.
AROA is part of the agreement with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and other agencies that not only supports summer flows for whitewater rafting, but also manages water year-round for a healthy fishery.
The program, which started in 1990, is a model management technique for all other rivers in the American West. It allows whitewater rafting outfitters to offer the longest boating season in Colorado, AROA Executive Director Bob Hamel said.
“The water program recognizes that recreation is part of our lifestyle, and that its economic impact is important,” Hamel said.
Whitewater rafting generated $179.8 million in spending among the state’s commercial users last year, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association.
The Arkansas River is America’s most popular whitewater rafting destination, hosting nearly a quarter of a million visitors last season and attracting kayakers and private rafters from around the world. The river hosts more than 40 percent of the state’s commercial rafting market, in part due to the longer season, but also because its 100-plus miles of whitewater rapids offer something for nearly everyone.
Technical boating, mild family float trips, multi-day camping and inn-to-inn rafting, plus standup paddle boarding and kayaking, are popular trips among families and friends of all ages.
With the mountain towns of Salida, Buena Vista and Cañon City nearby, visitors lengthen their stays and plan additional outdoor fun like horseback riding, ATV tours and hiking the area’s concentration of 14,000-foot peaks.
More than 100 miles of the Arkansas River was designated Gold Medal in 2014, meaning anglers can expect trophy trout fishing on a long, contiguous river segment that constitutes nearly a third of the state’s Gold Medal miles.
During a special preview of D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled a first look at the epic, richly detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands under development at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. This stunning exhibition, on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion at D23 Expo, is yet another example of the breathtaking new worlds, immersive storytelling and transformational guest experiences that set Disney apart.
“To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” Chapek said. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”
OWA’s 21-ride themed amusement park, The Park at OWA, located in Foley, Alabama, will officially open its doors to the public July 21, 2017. Designed as a family fun destination, The Park at OWA will offer each and every guest a unique adventure.
Beginning opening day, guests will enjoy everything The Park at OWA has to offer: 21 rides (including the Rollin’ Thunder); a variety of midway games; quick service dining options; and the Parkside Gift Shop filled with one-of-a-kind Park at OWA treasures. The Park opens at 10 am daily.
Tickets will be available online at VisitOWA.com beginning July 18, 2017 at 10 am. Tickets may also be purchased on site opening day at The Park at OWA Admissions Office. Group discounts and packages will be available and more details can be found at VisitOWA.com.
“Our Tribe is excited to offer a family destination near Alabama’s beautiful beaches that will create memories this summer and for years to come,” commented Poarch Creek Indians Tribal Chair and CEO, Stephanie A. Bryan. Ms. Bryan continued, “We are also proud that OWA is positively impacting families living in Foley and the surrounding region through the job creation generated by this development.”
While The Park at OWA is set to open July 21st, the retail and dining tenants at OWA will open in phases beginning early in September 2017. The announced tenants include Wahlburgers, Sunglass World, Fairhope Soap Company, Alvin’s Island, Hershey’s Ice Cream Shop, and Utopia among others.
The Park at OWA’s official opening day promises to be full of fun and thrills. We invite you to spend this special July 21st plummeting down the Rollin’ Thunder coaster, spinning on brightly colored teacups, and enjoying classic midway games.
For more information regarding opening day details, please go to VisitOWA.com.