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White Water: Two New 240-Foot, Spiral Slides 'Biggest in History'

BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City revealed plans for a new 2014 ride for White Water on Thursday, saying it will be “the biggest thrill in White Water history.”
BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City revealed plans for a new 2014 ride for White Water on Thursday, saying it will be “the biggest thrill in White Water history.”

The $1.7 million ride, called KaPau Plummet, will open spring 2014 with two 240-foot slides, each launching the rider from a drop-floor onto a 70-degree plunge, followed by a spiraling loop.

Two encapsulated slides are the starting points for loading brave riders into a launch capsule. Once inside, the countdown begins. The bottom of each slide drops out, creating a rider free fall at 70 degrees, speeding at 26 feet per second into a looping 240-foot translucent waterslide before final splashdown. Spectators will be able to watch the riders' rocket-like plunge and see them spiral through the loops.

"The AquaLaunch trap door builds anticipation for an incredible drop below," says Cory Roebuck, White Water Director of Operations, in a statement.

Roebuck says 'kapau' is a slang U.S. surfer term to mean the next big wave or the next big thing, pronounced KA-POW.



Facts for KaPau Plummet:

  • Tower height - 40 feet
  • Speed - 26 feet per second
  • Two translucent slides, 3' in diameter
  • Length of flume slides: 243.8' & 246.2'
  • AquaLaunch capsules with drop-floor plunge
  • Capacity - 360 riders per hour with 2 slides
  • Waterflow - 1,000 gallons per minute
  • Manufacturer - WhiteWater West, Ltd., British Columbia, Canada
  • Budget: $1.7 million
  • Opening expected mid-May 2014


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