Istanbul, Turkey (July 25, 2012) — The King Cobra may not be native to the United States. But the king-sized snake-themed waterslide from Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems (Istanbul, Turkey) recently slithered into a new home there in Jackson, N.J. On July 24, the extreme racing waterslide unleashed its venomous fury on guests at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, enticing them with stomach-churning speeds and adrenaline-pumping drops.
Polin-a world leader in the aquatics industry-installed the first King Cobra waterslide in Europe before exporting the massive serpent to Turkey and Russia. This year, in addition to the New Jersey installation, the company-which has designed, manufactured and installed waterparks in 80 countries around the globe-will create new habitats for the sinuous slide in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Sohret Pakis, Polin’s Marketing Manager, said: “We knew that waterslide fans were greatly anticipating when King Cobra would be introduced in the United States. The ride had already gotten a lot of attention and interest from fans in other parts of the world. The question was, who would be the first to offer this unique ride in the U.S.?” Polin was pleased to work out an arrangement for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to be that site. “We are very excited about King Cobra’s first U.S. installation,” Pakis said. “We are so glad and proud that it is Six Flags Great Adventure.”
Together, Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor create America’s largest regional theme park. Hurricane Harbor waterpark, located on 45 acres, features more than 20 high-speed thrill slides, a family water playground, a million-gallon wave pool and a half-mile-long leisure river.
Polin’s supersized cobra version is no less threatening than the real one. Bold red, black and white scales provide an imposing veneer over the exterior and interior of the slide’s massive 50-foot (15.24-meter) height and 260-foot (790-meter) length.
The core feature of King Cobra is its unique configuration that enables two riders to race along a circular path filled with twists, turns and surprises. Water pressure of 3,875 gallons (14,668 liters) per minute catapults riders through open and closed tubes before they brave a heart-pounding plunge nearly 25 feet (8 meters) down a 50-degree slope.
Along the way, riders accelerate to speeds of up to 32 mph (51 km/h).
Six Flags Great Adventure Park President John Fitzgerald said, “We are confident that King Cobra’s intense ride experience and unparalleled design will make it our most popular and entertaining water attraction.”
Alper Cetiner, Polin Project Manager, echoed Fitzgerald’s comments. “With so many special features, we expect the ride to be more successful than even anticipated
King Cobra Fast Facts
HEIGHT: 50 feet/15.24 meters-the same as the world’slargest snake, a titanoboa!
SPEED: 32 mph/51 kph-as fast asSix Flags Great Adventure’s Skull Mountain indoor roller coaster!
LENGTH: 260 feet/790 meters-the sameas 26 actual king cobras laid end-to-end!
WATER PRESSURE: 3,875 gallons/14,668 liters per minute-the amount needed toflush a whopping 2,422 toilets!
FINAL DROP: 51-degree angle-steeper than the drop on Six Flags Great Adventure’s Green Lantern and Rolling Thunder roller coasters!
About Six Flags Great Adventure
Together, Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor make up one of America’s largest regional theme parks. Opened in 1974, the park is located between New York City and Philadelphia, two of the largest cities in the U.S. Six Flags Great Adventure is home to Kingda Ka, the tallest roller coaster in the world and the fastest in North America, as well as El Toro, the No. 1 wooden roller coaster in the world. The park also offers the largest drive-through safari outside of Africa with more than 1,200 animals from six continents. Hurricane Harbor Water Park covers 45 acres and features more than 20 high-speed thrill slides, a family water playground, a million-gallon wave pool and a half-mile-long leisure river. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
About Six Flags Entertainment Corp.
Six Flags Entertainment Corp. is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.0 billion in revenue and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com
About Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems
Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems was founded in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1976 and has become one of the world’s leading companies in the design, manufacture and installation of waterparks, waterslides and water-play attractions. Polin is intimately involved in all the projects it takes on, guiding each step from concept to completion. Polin has been a pioneer in the advancement and application of closed-molded manufacturing technology in waterslide development. Since 2006, Polin has converted more than 95 percent of its annual fiberglass production to resin transfer molding (RTM). Polin offers both bowl rides and family rides featuring RTM techniques. Polin also offers its unique and patented Natural Light Effect technology, Special Pattern Effects technology in RTM and translucent RTM waterslides. Polin features a wide range of slides, including signature rides such as the patented King Cobra, Magic Spheres, Spheres, Magi Cone and Space Shuttle. Polin is committed to providing the best-quality product and service by investing in continuous research and development. The company plans to further expand its L-RTM line while introducing new signature rides and innovations. For more information, visit www.polin.com.tr