The Algarve region of Portugal is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting 5 million visitors each year. And vying for the attention of each of these tourists are four water parks, all within a 100 km (60 mile) radius.
The largest of these parks is Slide & Splash, a 6.5 hectares (16 acre) complex that opened in 1986. Already offering its guests more than a dozen water rides and attractions, the park’s owners reached out to ProSlide® in 2015 to enquire about an iconic ride that would help them to commemorate their 30th anniversary and to claim the market leader position among water parks in the region.
“ProSlide knows how to create an impact. Our new installation achieved the highest annual attendance in our 30 year history!”
Located in a prime location park guests will find the latest innovation in water rides. The Big Wave (opened in July 2016), a 17m (57 foot) tall, 118m (387 foot) long ProSlide® TornadoWAVE™ 60.
Big Wave sends four-person rafts up and across a curved wall, climbing higher and hanging in zero gravity longer than any other wall ride on the market. Guests stay glued to the wall and wonder if they’ll flip. The physics behind the ProSlide TornadoWAVE™ 60 won’t let them….but they don’t need to know that!
“ProSlide knows how to create an impact. They have guided us through the entire process of picking the right ride for our audience up to the opening of Big Wave” says Paulo Santinha, director of Slide & Splash. “Our new ProSlide attraction helped us achieve our highest annual attendance in our 30-year history.”
All ProSlide rides are tailored to fit a park’s unique demographics, distinct topography, target capacities and budget. Slide & Splash wanted an iconic eye-catcher that would command their tourist guests’ attention as soon as they enter the park.
An icon like the ProSlide TornadoWAVE 60 is the answer to the demand of any water park looking to create a big wave like Slide & Splash. “We decided to install Big Wave in a strategic location,” says Paulo “Not only does it draw guests’ attention as soon as they enter the park, but it is also visible from the four major highways in the region, making it the talk of the town.”
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