Tornado sightings in the valley may increase come Memorial Day weekend, but residents need not worry. This is not a weather emergency phenomenon.
Wet ‘n’ Wild, 7055 S. Fort Apache Road, is set to debut Tornado, a funnel-shaped water slide, during the holiday weekend.
According to Rick Hunter, president and CEO of ProSlide Technology, the four-person raft attraction has a diameter of 45 feet and stands about 4½ stories tall.
“From an attraction perspective, we wanted to have this ride (at Wet ‘n’ Wild) because Tornado is seen as the leading water park attraction,” said Tim Fisher, CEO of Village Roadshow Theme Parks. “In many ways, it legitimizes Wet ‘n’ Wild as being a major water park, and it gives more scale in terms of the different variety of rides.”
The design features a 110-foot-long tube that drops about 500 feet into a large funnel. The rafters oscillate nearly 2½ stories up the sides of the funnel, experiencing zero-gravity force before exiting out the “eye of the storm” into a splash pool.
“The anticipation builds during the in-run. Then the bottom drops out, and within a split second, you’re up the wall,” Hunter said. “You feel like, ‘Oh my, I’m going to peel off the wall,’ but as it sweeps you into the narrow part of the funnel, it keeps everyone safely inside the (raft).”
Hunter said the company has built about 140 Tornado slides worldwide, and about 80 of them are as big as the one set for Wet ‘n’ Wild.
“They really have hit a home run on adding Tornado,” Hunter said. “It adds more capacity and thrill into the overall mix, which is great for guests. It’s a new family thrill attraction.”
Wet ‘n’ Wild is set to open April 12 for the summer season. New additions to the park are to include additional parking, more shade and heated water for the children’s play area.
“We try to address the concerns our consumers have,” Fisher said. “We want to offer them a safe, comfortable and exciting experience.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit wetnwildlasvegas.com or call 702-979-1600.
Contact Southwest/Spring Valley View reporter Caitlyn Belcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0403.