Ride the wave: County planners OK second water slide at Darien Lake
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Ride the wave: County planners OK second water slide at Darien Lake

Nov 15, 2019

The “Wahoo Wave” water slide made a big splash with Genesee County planners on Thursday night as they recommended approval of the site plan for the state-of-the-art 60 foot attraction that will be coming to Darien Lake in the spring of 2020.

The planning board, at its monthly meeting at County Building No. 2 on West Main Street Road, said the ride should pose no significant impact to the amusement park’s landscape.

“It’s the latest and greatest,” said Ed McCarthy, director of maintenance and construction at Darien Lake. “Now, we’ll have one (a water slide) on each side of the park, and this will definitely decrease the wait times (for guests).”

In September, Darien Lake officials announced the addition of the water slide, which propels water at a rate of 3,400 gallons per minute, to their newly-named Hurricane Harbor water park.

Touted as the only four-person curved wall ride in the world, the water slide is actually branded as the TornadoWAVE 60 Water Ride and is made by ProSlide Technology, Inc.

According to a press release, Wahoo Wave takes riders, settled into a four-person tube, through a hairpin turn, then a corkscrew turn and finally a three-story drop that takes them on the top of a massive water wall before landing in a pool.

Construction is expected to be completed by May of next year.

By Mike Pettinella, The Batavian

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