Innovation Timeline

Creating the world’s best water rides.

Since 1986, ProSlide has pioneered almost every major water ride invention.

We’ve been innovating from the start and we’re not about to stop. With more Best Water Ride awards than all other water slide manufacturers combined, ProSlide technology gives you the best of the industry so you can be the best in your market. This timeline celebrates just a few of the innovations – and innovators – that have shaped the water slide industry.

1986

ProSlide is founded

Connect a professional ski racer with a fiberglass yacht builder and you have the key ingredients for the most thrilling water rides in the world.

1987

ProSlide develops its first rides

Flat-bottomed speed slides and two kids rides.

Six Flags buys its first 2 ProSlide rides

The start of a successful partnership with 120+ ProSlide rides in 12 Six Flags parks.

1988

Invents twin entry loading system

And significantly improves capacities by doubling dispatch rates.

Noah’s Ark installs first of 8 consecutive ProSlide projects

Located in Wisconsin Dells, it’s now one of the largest water parks in the United States.

1989

Launches first serpentine rides

The 2-person PIPEline tubing ride and the TWISTER body slide.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon opens with 9 ProSlide rides.

And when they opened Blizzard Beach in 1995, Disney doubled the number of ProSlide rides they installed!

Cedar Fair (Paramount) opens with 11 ProSlide rides

The first of its 12 water parks to go ProSlide.

1990

Invents the first 6-person water ride

The truly massive MAMMOTH: with a flume double the width and triple the height of previous serpentine rides.

We had to reconsider every aspect of this record-breaking ride, including using thicker, stronger fiberglass.

No wonder it won Best New Waterpark Ride!

1991

Introduces u-shaped flumes for speed slides

This created a smoother, more stable ride. And allowed us to double tower height – significantly increasing speed while still keeping riders safe.

Splish Splash installs first of 19 ProSlide rides.

This showcase park has always created big buzz with it’s iconic ProSlide rides. It now boasts the only LIM water coaster in New York state: yet another ProSlide invention!

1992

Invents smaller flume for 6-person MAMMOTH

The same high-capacity serpentine ride with less fiberglass means lower costs for our customers!

1993

Disney opens second water park: Blizzard Beach

The first ‘all ProSlide’ park in the world.

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando installs 3 ProSlide rides.

The start of a highly-collaborative partnership at what is considered the world’s first water park.

1994

Invents world’s first multi-lane racing ride

The ProRACER wins Best New Waterpark Ride the next year.

Two Latin American parks open with significant ProSlide rides

Parque Plaza Sesamo in Mexico with 18 rides & Wet ‘n Wild Brazil with 9.

1996

Innovates MAMMOTH serpentine: fully enclosed flumes!

Sweeps Best New Waterpark Ride awards taking home IAAPA & WWA top honors.

First Middle Eastern installation

Splash Mountain in Lebanon.

1997

Continues to deliver iconic rides for junior guests

KIDZ tubing rides.

First China installation

Shanghai Dino Beach.

First European installation

Alpamare in Germany.

1998

KIDZ River wins Best New Waterpark Ride

The industry recognizes the importance of tailoring rides for the youngest guests.

1999

Invents the first bowl-shaped water ride

The ProBOWL body slide is installed at Golfland Sunsplash.

2000

Invents innovative exit system

The ProSplash run-out eliminates the need for a pool exit, saving parks significant space.

2001

Invents the first 2-person tubing bowl ride

The first CannonBOWL is installed at Kalahari Resorts.

2002

Invents the first 4-person bowl ride

Rapid-fire innovation of the bowl line continues! This massive 60-foot (18 m) BehemothBOWL wins the industry’s most prestigious IAAPA Industry Impact Award.

It also signals the beginning of ProSlide’s dominance inventing truly iconic, anchor attraction rides.

2003

Invents first funnel ride: the ProSlide TORNADO

First installation: Holiday World Splashin’ Safari. Now the most recognizable water ride in the world. Wins 2nd IAAPA Impact Award: an industry first.

2004

Great Wolf Lodge installs first of 20+ ProSlide rides

The world’s largest chain of indoor water parks relies on ProSlide to entertain their guests and help increase occupancy rates.

2005

Introduces our first uphill boating ride

A precursor to our LIM-powered water coaster invention.

2006

Invents LIM-powered water coasters

Takes fast, efficient and proven linear induction motor (LIM) technology from high-speed commuter trains and adapts it to water parks.

Exclusive technology with 13 patents, it’s a cross between a water slide and a roller coaster: a quantum leap for the industry.

Launched the 4-person HydroMAGNETIC ROCKET this year. 6-person HM MAMMOTH in 2012 and 2-person HM PIPEline in 2013.

Invents face-to-face tube

Proving that every element of the ride matters, we created a new 2-person tube where guests ride facing each other. The WhirlyWHEEL wins Best New Waterpark Product award.

Australia’s Dreamworld opens with 16 ProSlide rides.

Including some of our largest anchor attractions: TORNADO 60 funnel ride, BehemothBOWL 60, MAMMOTH serpentine and many more.

2007

First of many parks to buy a 2nd TORNADO

Rapids Waterpark adds a TORNADO 45 to the TORNADO 60 they installed in 2004. The park now has close to 30 ProSlide rides!

2008

Invents new category of iconic attractions: hybrids

Combines two, three or more stand-alone rides into a single experience. Meets the need for ever bigger, more impactful anchor attractions.

Siam Park in Spain opens ‘all-ProSlide’ park

Before they built, the owners visited the world’s top 50 water parks searching for new ideas and the best rides. It’s no surprise they partnered with ProSlide!

2009

Invents high-thrill in-run for TORNADO 24

Wins Best New Waterpark Ride.

2010

Introduces RideHOUSE aquatic play structures

Massive installation opens at the Beijing Olympic Water Cube.

2011

Invents the first wave-wall ride

The world’s only curved wall rides based on award-winning TORNADO technology. 4-person TornadoWAVE introduced in 2011 and 2-person PIPElineWAVE in 2013.

Invents first braided mat racer

KrakenRACER wins WWA Industry Innovation award and more.

Invents first hybrid ride with multiple bowl features

Opens to rave reviews at Wild Wadi in Dubai, UAE.

2012

Invents the 6-person LIM-powered water coaster

HydroMAGNETIC MAMMOTH sweeps all award categories, including an unprecedented 3rd IAAPA Industry Impact Award.

2013

Yas Waterworld opens with ProSlide anchor attractions

Including the first hybrid ride combining a LIM-powered water coaster with the iconic TORNADO 60. Not only voted most popular ride in the most expensive water park in the world. But also wins IAAPA’s Best New Water Ride award and Industry Impact Award.

ProSlide is now an unprecedented 3-time winner of the most prestigious award in the entire attractions industry!

Introduces major innovations to drop launch system

Third-generation SkyBOX drop launch for speed slides: with advanced safety and performance features.  Massive industry adoption with 40% increase in installations in 2014 alone.

2014

Launches newly designed RideHOUSE

Introduces the most significant innovations in aquatic play structures in the last 15 years.

Invents world’s first bowl + wall hybrid ride

Six Flags over Georgia draws big crowds with the first BehemothBOWL 40 + TornadoWAVE hybrid ride from ProSlide!

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