PHOTOS: Massive Ray Rush Waterslide Sections Installed at SeaWorld’s Aquatica

Over the past several weeks, construction crews have been hard at work installing news slide pieces to the highly anticipated water attraction, Ray Rush. Ocean colored blue and green slide and tube pieces have already completed  – including the giant manta ray shaped half-pipe.

 

Early Wednesday morning a construction milestone was hit when a huge 12,000-pound fiberglass sphere was lifted into position. This will become to be the very first thing park goers see when they walk through the entrance of Aquatica.

The slide will tower 60 feet above the park’s entrance and groups of 4 will swirl and slide up and down the sides of the sphere walls as a part of the 508-foot ride experience. Riders will be launched with water jets into the first of several huge enclosed tube sections. Riders will then swirl into the giant translucent sphere. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a big splash.

The ride is rapidly nearing completion and even though there hasn’t been an opening date announced yet, we hope to hear one soon!

 

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