PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the official opening day of AQUAVENTURE, the new, unprecedented 63-acre waterscape at Atlantis, Paradise Island. This experience, which redefines the concept of a waterpark, positions Atlantis as one of the largest water-themed attractions in the world, containing over twenty million gallons of water altogether. This non-stop water experience consists of thrilling new water slides, a mile- long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before- seen special effects that add an extreme level of excitement to the overall experience.
AQUAVENTURE takes known water-based attractions such as water slides, river rapids, waterfalls and water holes, and adds first-of-its-kind special effects and technology, bringing them all together in a lush environment that is both immersive and interconnected. Once guests are situated in their inner tubes and enter the attraction, they are propelled along by water escalators, waves, water surges and master blaster technology. Unlike traditional water slides that require the participant to leave the water and climb back to the start, at AQUAVENTURE guests never have to leave the water as they are propelled back up the slide tower via conveyors.
The Power Tower is the grand icon of AQUAVENTURE. At 120 feet tall, the tower will offer guests the choice of four adrenaline-inducing water slides including:
-- The Abyss - an exhilarating body slide where guests drop a near- vertical 50 feet into total darkness, through a tumbling waterfall finishing in a deep cenote filled with menacing Alligator Gars.
-- The Drop, The Falls and The Surge - these three inner tube slides use "master-blaster" technology, creating roller coasters from jets of water that propel riders up and downhill at a fast pace.
Surrounding the Power Tower is a complex river ride system with waves pushing inner tube riders through lush landscape. The river loop, called The Current harbors 7-foot high elevations and drops, as well as an area called The Rapids, featuring white-water rapids.
The river loop consists of a transport system that allows guests to float along or return to the waterslides without ever having to get off their tubes, thus creating one continuous never-ending ride. A conveyor takes riders up to the highest point of the river, where one will either continue the loop around the Power Tower through rapids, or enter the slide complex to travel on a conveyor to the top of the tower to ride the slides. The tower slides, as well as the rapids loop, all flow into zero-entry pools.
Both the Power Tower and The Current incorporate special effects in the tunnels and caves to stimulate every one of the senses. A water curtain video technology, created by Technifex, gives guests a one-of-a-kind experience using fire, water, mechanical systems, smoke/fog and video technologies. For the first time ever, this technology is incorporated into a tube in darkness, offering riders an unprecedented thrill that will change every time they take the ride.