Attractions industry news
09 Jul 2012
£4m Tropical Cyclone water ride for Center Parcs' Elveden Forest park
Image: Tropical Cyclone will open in November
Center Parcs has announced plans to build a new £4m water ride at its Elveden Forest park in Suffolk, which is inspired by some of the world's greatest "forces of nature".
Tropical Cyclone is to replicate the experience of rafting along three rivers - South Africa's Zambezi river; Japan's Naruto Whirlpools; and the Iguazu Falls in South America.
Proslide, SDC and Water Technology Inc are working alongside Center Parcs on the creation of Tropical Cyclone, which is due to open to guests in November.
The water ride will transport guests in four-person, clover-shaped rafts and cater for 720 rafters per hour. Each raft will travel at up to 24mph (39kmph).
Tropical Cyclone's water flow will reach 25,000l (6,604gal) per minute and the ride will stand 18m (59ft) tall. Features will include a 45-degree drop into a tornado funnel.
A Center Parcs spokesperson said: "The new £4m Tropical Cyclone water ride is the first of its kind created anywhere in the world and the ultimate family thrill experience.
"The new water ride is part of a longer term investment programme in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise across all four Center Parcs UK villages."