GULF SHORES, Ala. - Waterville USA will host the Alabama Gulf Coast Area of Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event on Thursday, May 16.
The popular Chamber event will also serve as the official unveiling of Waterville’s newest attraction, the Dune Racer. The event will kick-off with some local dignitaries participating in a charity fundraiser as they compete on the Dune Racer.
Participants include Ed Rodriguez, Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce President; Tucker Dorsey, Baldwin County Commissioner; Shelby Mitchell, WKSJ on-air personality; Q-Tip, WABD on-air personality; Herb Malone, Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau President; and Kevin Keith, Sunny 105 on-air personality. Money raised by personal donations throughout the evening will go toward local charities as directed by these guests.
Waterville’s newest attraction, the Dune Racer, will be the first of its kind on the Gulf Coast; a six-lane mat racer waterslide. The new attraction features six slides that are equal in length.
Racers will first enter a harrowing tunnel circling 360 degrees high in the air before exploding out onto a high-speed straightaway for a race toward the checkered finish. The slide allows for a racing environment where riders can enjoy the thrill of actually winning their race against other sliders.
The slides are approximately 55’ high, allowing racers to reach a top speed of 40 feet per second. Park officials say each lane can accommodate 150 riders per hour, meaning shorter wait times for eager participants.
The Dune Racer is a unique concept in the waterslide industry and Waterville will be the first to introduce it to this part of the country.
“We are thrilled to be adding an attraction of this magnitude to our lineup of waterslides and attractions”, park President Joe Warrington said. "Being the first of its kind on the Gulf Coast, we expect that anticipation will run high as opening day approaches.”
Warrington feels sure that this new slide will be the hit of the 2013 summer season and for many years to come.
Waterville USA kicks off their new season the weekend of May 18 and begins opening seven days a week beginning May 2, with the most exciting lineup of attractions on the entire Gulf Coast.
Whether you are looking for a fast action thrill ride or just want to enjoy a fun-filled day relaxing next to the wave pool or floating in the “Lazy River”, there is truly something for everyone, including nascart go carts, a mini-golf course, the House of Bounce, and many other activities for your entire family, including the “Flowrider.”
The Amusement Park is currently open.
Look for popular children’s’ characters to make appearances at the park this summer also. Kids can meet Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants on Saturday, May 19 and Aug. 4, Patrick on Saturday, June 16 and Dora the Explorer on Saturday, Aug. 25.
All character appearances are from noon to 2 p.m. For more information regarding the grand opening events, contact Waterville USA at 251-948-2106.