Adventure Island, Busch Gardens Tampa’s sister water park, recently invited us to a behind-the-scenes tour of their latest water slide under construction, Colossal Curl.

Colossal Curl at Adventure Island_Logo

True to its name and holding up to four passengers, this mega slide promises to deliver a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure, making it the ultimate family thrill slide and adding to the waterpark’s combination of corkscrews, waterfalls, high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages.




Colossal Curl is located in the center of the park, next to Mango Joe’s Café, and is taking the place of Gulf Scream. The slide is the tallest ride at Adventure Island at nearly 70 feet high and 560 feet in length, which will also give riders a chance to experience a free-fall element.

“It’s going to take about 40 seconds to get down the slide. It will be a totally different ride experience for everyone,” said Adventure Island engineer and Colossal Curl project manager, Andrew Schaffer.

The clover-shaped Colossal Curl rafts can seat up to four riders.
The clover-shaped Colossal Curl rafts can seat up to four riders.


This is Adventure Island’s first new ride since 2006, but we were told Colossal Curl has actually been in the planning stages since 1993!

“We wanted an attraction that was family thrill oriented. Something that had a good visual to it and we brought in elements of other attractions to make it unique to Florida,” said Adventure Island Vice President, Rusty Keene.

Adventure Island Vice President, Rusty Keene
Adventure Island Vice President, Rusty Keene


Here are some Fun Facts the park provided about Colossal Curl:

  • Construction began the day after the 2014 season ended with the demolition of Gulf Scream.
  • Colossal Curl™ will be the tallest ride at Adventure Island®, standing at approximately 70 feet tall.
  • The thrill slide’s fiberglass sections were built in Canada by ProSlide Technology, Inc.
  • More than 2.6 million pounds of concrete were poured to create the foundation for Colossal Curl.
  • More than 235,000 pounds of steel is used to support the thrill slide.
  • Colossal Curl weighs about 293,500 pounds.
  • There are 114 steps to reach the top of Colossal Curl’s tower.
  • Clover rafts make Colossal Curl perfect for families and friends to conquer together.
  • Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride Colossal Curl.
  • Colossal Curl’s ride path is approximately 622 feet long, taking riders about 40 seconds to conquer the Curl.

Adventure Island opens for the season on March 7, 2015. The park is hoping Colossal Curl will be ready to open with the rest of the park that day.

  • I didn’t even know Busch Gardens had a water park. Thank you Amy. Looks like a fun slide.

    • Amy VandenBoogert

      Yep they do! It’s just down the street on McKinley. You can see the tops of the slides when approaching the Busch Gardens parking lot. This year, they’re doing a deal where if you buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card (pay for a day, get the rest of the year free – for FL residents only though), you get an Adventure Island Fun Card for free!

  • jcruise86

    Rusty Keene looks depressed, like he really wanted a Schlitterbahn-humbling water coaster.

    But thanks for the update! i wish Raging Waters in San Dimas would get something new.

    I’d bet the indoor water park/hotel quickly rising Garden Grove (south of Disneyland on Harbor) is going to be very successful. People forget that we Southern Californians don’t swim as much for 8 months out of the year, and even on summer days where it’s over 100F, I’ll take the indoor park.

    • Amy VandenBoogert

      Rusty was actually very nice and took the time to answer everyone’s questions about the new slide.