Wednesday, July 17, 2024

WhiteWater receives IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Over/Under

At the IAAPA Expo, WhiteWater received a Brass Ring Award for the Over/Under in the Best New Product: Water Park Ride/Attraction category. A first-of-its-kind fusion water slide, the Over/Under at Guangzhou Sunac Water Park is the world’s first interactive multi-player gaming water slide. Featuring WhiteWater’s first installations of Team Slideboarding and Double Exit Manta, the attraction challenges teams to work together in order to score enough points to be rewarded with a thrilling victory lap and avoid the shame of the losers’ exit.

“We designed the Over/Under to give guests an extra dimension in their ride experience. Instead ofcreating a slide that’s the longest, tallest, or fastest, we decided to incorporate a storyline and place the choice of which path to take into the riders’ hands, gamifying the ride and making this a shared interactive experience,” said Paul Chutter, Chief Development Officer of WhiteWater.

“Riders can interact with groups of friends or strangers to challenge each other, so instead of a ‘one try, you’ve seen it all’ slide, the Over/Under gives guests a repeat value. Every time they ride the slide, it’s a slightly different experience,” he continued.

Over/Under consists of one of our most iconic features, Manta. With a big drop and a high wall climb, for the winning rafts at least, the slide leaves an impression. Its two different exits make it an attraction that’s sure to attract guests of all ages. This mix of thrill and challenge appeals to a wide range of demographics and play types—making it an experience that can be shared by the entire family in 6- person rafts.

Based on our experience from Slideboarding, our Creative Design team knew that a storyline was the most straightforward and simplest way to deliver rider instructions. They developed an easy to remember story delivered by an animated panda, Shui Shui, on a TV screen at the top of the slide, giving them a shared mission, a mission with consequences—winners would be rewarded, and losers would have their rides end early. This element of challenge helps to encourage repeat ridership, as well as create a buzz-worthy park differentiator.

The brand new smart raft that riders get into on the Over/Under features a low-voltage master control pack that registers signals from the 6 sets of handle controllers which then sends a signal back to the decision station of the slide. The decision station receives the raft’s score and then wirelessly changes the drive settings—blaster jets are turned on for the winners, and jets are turned down for the losers. This lets the rafts travel either uphill or down, giving winners and losers a different ending.

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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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