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ProSlide's website confirms that the Happy Magic Watercube water park will be one of the first of two locations to receive an installation of ProSlide's newest concept, the RideHOUSE.

 

http://www.proslide.com/rides_11.php and http://www.proslide.com/rides_11_inst.php

 

The all-new ProSlide RideHOUSE™ is ProSlide’s new custom multi-level "ActiveWaterPlay” structure for kids of all ages that is taking the waterpark industry by storm! The ProSlide RideHOUSE™ "Ride ‘n Play Systems" feature tons of water cannons, active water sprays, and are packed full of custom RideHOUSE™ versions of many of the ProSlide award-winning rides never before found on a multi-level water play structure of any kind. The RideHOUSE TOPSY-TURVY™, RideHOUSE OctopusRACER™, RideHOUSE FireSlides™ & GangSlides™ will have kids of all ages screaming for more and will entertain families for hours on end! The ProSlide RideHOUSE™ also features a signature High Volume, High Speed WaterDump that will soak everyone in its path! The RideHOUSE™ is in high demand at leading waterparks around the world, so get planning yours today!

 

It looks like some of the best elements of ProSlide's catalog will make it into one of the most unique and exciting projects for China in 2010... One more reason that I'll be saving up for a trip to China in the near future!

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That cannon ball thing looks awesome. Can you imagine a water park, or at least a kiddie area of a water with 3 or 4 of tracks above your head with different coloured cannon balls all leading to different pools?

 

The ride house also looks awesome. If there's no inner tubs involved, the tornado is going to be a pretty cool experience as a body slide.

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^Isn't that a different concept though?

 

 

To me it looks like the colored part below the ball moves up, collects watter, then drops and lets the water collected out of the ball resulting in the same effect as the water buckets on the WhiteWater West Aquaplay.

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^Isn't that a different concept though?

 

 

To me it looks like the colored part below the ball moves up, collects watter, then drops and lets the water collected out of the ball resulting in the same effect as the water buckets on the WhiteWater West Aquaplay.

 

You're right, it is a different concept.

The 'cannonball' is not actually being built at the Water Cube.....Themeparkman25 just decided to bring it up for some reason.

 

The Ridehouse at the Water Cube will indeed be using a "High Volume, High Speed WaterDump that will soak everyone in its path"

, so it is just the same thing as Whitewater West uses, except is is a sphere instead of a bucket shape.

 

Confusion over.

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I am wondering if they are looking to market to tourists as well as locals. I think it might be a bit tougher of a sell because the average tourist to Beijing probably doesn't bring a bathing suit! Have there been any rumors about capacity? I feel like the existing locker and changing areas couldn't handle as many people as could be in the park.

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The Water Cube appears to now be offically open for business as a public water park:

 

 

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid64814770001?bctid=506892713001 (Video Link)

 

Beijing’s famous Water Cube, or National Aquatics Center, the place where two dozen world records were set during the 2008 Summer Olympics (and where swimming sensation Michael Phelps landed eight gold medals) has been converted into a water park -- or at least half of it has.

 

Nearly a year in the making and with a price tag of around RMB 350 million (about US$51 million), the splash-tastic “Happy Magic Water Cube, Beijing Water Cube Water Park,” as the translated Chinese sign near the entrance says, opened its doors to the public on August 8.

 

Located next to the Bird’s Nest, or Olympic Stadium, the aquatics center, famous for its plasticky blue bubble-wrapped exterior, had been closed since last summer for the renovations. Its opening coincided with the second anniversary of the 2008 Olympics.

 

The official Xinhua news agency reported the aqueous amusement park was designed to bring renewed interest and draw more tourists to the often ghost town-like Olympic grounds.

 

The water park, which takes up about half of the 12,000-square-meter complex and, according to state media, is now the largest in Asia, features a wave pool, lazy river, spa area and 13 water slides and rides, including the Bullet Bowl, Speed Slide and Tornado.

 

Inside the Water Cube

 

 

A couple thousand visitors arrived for opening day, forking over a hefty RMB 200 for a ticket (children can get in for RMB 160), Xinhua reports. Interest had not waned on the day CNNGo paid a visit as thousands of mostly Chinese visitors arrived toting rafts and dressed in swim attire (rafts, swimsuits, towels and goggles are all on sale for those who forgot to bring them.

 

Bags and clothing can be stored in lockers that are located alongside changing rooms and showers outside the water world’s entrance on the ground floor. Renting a locker costs RMB 100, with RMB 80 given back when the rubber bracelets that open the lockers are returned.

 

Some visitors, like Jessie Zhang and Sherry Xie from the southern province of Yunnan, traveled thousands of miles to visit the new park. The two friends say it is the first time they had ever seen such a place: “It’s exciting and amazing,” says Xie, 20, noting that she got stuck in one of the painfully tiny tubes on one of the slides on her way through (don’t worry, there are around 60 life guards on duty.)

 

A few foreign faces were also in the mix, including one American who, while climbing the stairs of one of the tallest slides, keeps muttering something about “wishing there were more volunteers” before disappearing behind a roped-off entrance with a sign reading “Equipment Testing. Suspended.”

 

And siblings Mia and Taylor Croonquist of Seattle, Washington, find themselves at the top of the Aqueloop slide, which features a 40-foot free fall drop. It was the fourth time they had ridden it. “It never gets old,” Mia Croonquist, 13, says. “It whips you around a corner and then you are doused with water. It’s awesome.”

 

Taylor Croonquist, 28, adds: “Back in Seattle, we used to jump off bridges. It feels like that. A dead free fall before the water hits you.”

 

Source with additional photo gallery:

http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/play/beijings-watercube-water-park-now-open-040746?hpt=C2

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