Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Taumata Racer Opens at Aquatica San Antonio March 10


For those who prefer life in the fast lane, Aquatica San Antonio’s newest waterslide – Taumata Racer® – will make its debut on March 10th, kicking off spring break in South Texas.

“Taumata Racer will be one of the fastest waterslides in Texas, combining competitive racing with the adrenaline rush of speeding downhill head first,” said Aquatica Vice President Byron Surrett. “It’s a thrilling experience that families and friends can enjoy together and gives our guests another fun way to beat the Texas heat.”

A high-speed competitive mat ride, Taumata Racer features six riders racing down a steep hill, head first. Positioned in six side-by-side lanes, riders will zoom around a 180-degree swooping turn, and in-and-out of a tunnel before racing down the 375-foot slide and across the finish line in under 10 seconds. Manufactured by WhiteWater West Industries, Taumata Racer is located on the north side of the tropically-themed waterpark and has a minimum rider height requirement of 42 inches.

Named for a famous hill in New Zealand, Taumata is short for the 85-letter Maori word “Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenuakitanatahu.” Roughly translated, this Guinness Book of World Records word means: “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who traveled about, played his flute to his loved one.”

The South Seas meets South Texas at Aquatica San Antonio for a waterpark experience only SeaWorld could create. Getting ready to set sail on its seventh season, it reigns as the premier water thrill park in South Texas, earning consistently high ratings from TripAdvisor. With attractions from serene to extreme, Aquatica combines up-close animal experiences with the amenities of a beachside resort. Aquatica will open daily through the week of spring break (March 10-18), as well as weekends throughout the spring, before beginning daily operation on June 1.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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