When designers and developers with Silver Dollar City Attractions set out to create a new 2014 ride for White Water, there was one mandate: The new ride must be “The Biggest Thrill in White Water History.”
The concept began with the idea of a heart-pounding, drop-floor plunge. Now in initial stages of construction, the $1.7 million KaPau Plummet will open in Spring 2014 with two 240-foot slides, each launching riders from a drop-floor into a 70-degree plunge followed by a spiraling loop, promising to far exceed the thrill factor of any water ride ever built at the 13-acre tropically-themed water park located in Branson, Missouri.
Those brave enough to dare the drop will experience a heart-pumping, breathtaking thrill that begins at the top of a 40-foot tower. Two encapsulated slides are the starting points for loading brave riders into a launch capsule. Once inside, the countdown begins: 3…2…1 KAPAU! 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 water slide before final splashdown.
“The AquaLaunch trap door builds anticipation for an incredible drop below,” said Cory Roebuck, White Water Director of Operations, who explains ‘kapau’ is a slang U.S. surfer term to mean the next big wave or the next big thing, pronounced KA-POW. “Never before has White Water had such a thrilling ride. KaPau Plummet will literally take your breath away in an awesome plunge.”
Dare-to-Drop 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