West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark's new attraction is one big ball of fun

July 16, 2014
by West Edmonton Mall

World Waterpark’s newest attraction is, in all respects, a ball.
 
Hurricane, which opened over the weekend in the southwest corner of the park, is an inflatable ball within a ball that contains water and rotates, creating a slippery but smooth ride often described as a “cross between a waterfall and rollercoaster” and “the world’s longest waterslide”.

Hurricane is a Fishpipe, the world’s first rotating barrel ride, created and manufactured by Outdoor Gravity, a New Zealand company. The attraction is the first of its kind to be installed in Canada and is only one of 15 operating around the world.

Hurricane is a unique addition to World Waterpark and complements the many slides and attractions that are in the park. While not a waterslide per se, Hurricane provides a similar experience. 

The inflatable ball is big enough for three people to experience the attraction at one time. A single person can sit, stand, walk, crawl or run. If more than one person enters the ball, they all must be in a seated position. Riders do not get spun around, but slide in the water – which is drained after each ride – in the bottom of the ball. The ball rotates, not the rider; Hurricane rotates at up to 45 revolutions per minute. By the end of the ride, a person will have travelled more than 609 metres (2,000 feet).
 
Hurricane facts:
  • Spin rate ......................................................................... 45 revolutions per minute
  • Diameter of ball ......................................................................... 3 metres (9.8 feet)
  • Manufacturer ................................................................................. Outdoor Gravity
  • Water inside ball ...................... between 38 litres (10 gallons) and 60 litres (16 gallons)
  • Length of ride ......................................................................................... 90 seconds
  • Age requirement ...................................................................................... 5 years
  • Height to ride .................................................... no minimum or maximum requirement
  • Weight restrictions ........................................................ single rider – 125 kg (275 lb)
                                          .............................................. two or more riders – 210 kg (460 lb)

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