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Waterparks: World’s largest waterslide debuts at Hanwha Resort, South Korea with Whitewater West

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At nearly 30 meters tall, the Abyss pushes the envelope for waterpark thrills

WhiteWater International LLC., the global leader in waterpark design, engineering and manufacturing, today announced the completion of the first Abyss™ waterslide, the largest and most thrilling waterslide attraction in the world. The Abyss™ opened at Hanwha Resort in South Korea in August 2010.

The Abyss™ is a bold new multi-person experience that is as visually inspiring as it is entertaining. Standing nearly 30 meters tall and using high capacity four- or six-person rafts, the Abyss™ towers over other waterpark attractions. Its innovative design features bigger drops, higher walls and more  nearvertical oscillations than any other ride in its class. Both the flume and the funnel are available in a variety of configurations and come in a wide range of colors. Decorative themes and advanced interactive sound and lighting can also be added to create an even more original and entertaining guest experience.

The Hanwha installation site – a small space on the roof of a partially underground building – posed a daunting challenge to WhiteWater engineers. To minimize weight and conform to the limited footprint, WhiteWater developed an advanced lightweight exo-structure that actually improves the visual appeal of traditional funnel rides by reducing the amount of visible steel. Angled concrete footings and pilings bear most of the weight. The result is a massive orange, blue and silver structure that appears to hover just above the ground.

“Introducing a new multi-person attraction is always extremely exciting, ” says WhiteWater CEO Geoff Chutter. “This time, the installation conditions were particularly challenging, but thanks to a shared vision of success and a highly collaborative working relationship with the Hanwha Resort management team, we were able to open this new attraction on time and on budget. Guests will love the Abyss™ for the unique entertainment experience it offers.”

About WhiteWater:

Established in 1980, WhiteWater is a vertically integrated supplier of the most successful waterpark attractions in the world. Specializing in waterslides, AquaPlay multi-level interactive play structures, wavegenerating equipment, stationary surfing machines and Prime Play™ soft modular play systems, our award winning products and industry leading technology can be found at more than 4, 000 projects worldwide. Our depth of expertise includes park planning, engineering, manufacturing and installation. Markets include indoor and outdoor waterparks, hotels and resorts, amusement and theme parks and municipal aquatic facilities.

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