To create a Tornado Alley you need two (or more maybe by customer request?) of the new Tantrum Tornados to make up Tornado Alley. These are smaller than the regular Tornado, and and are fully enclosed.
While not every big waterpark in the USA has a Tornado (Dorney Park's Wild Water Kingdom for example), I'm wondering how more potential there is for many more Tornado sale in the States. But, I guess this could be a great addition to the indoor waterparks that show no signs of slowing down in construction.
Overseaas could be completely different, as I don't know if it's reached the saturation point yet over there.
But then again, I'm not running a park... :)
Regarding that Tornado Alley design drawing, it looks like the ride would be virtually dark for most of the ride. Now THAT would be cool/slightly scary.
There's a video of this concept on Pro Slide's website. Riders get through the tornado in only a few seconds, making me believe that they won't significantly hurt capacity.
It should have a capacity about equal to any of the numerous family raft rides out there (such as the Proslide Mammoth line). They quote 1200pph on their site, but I have a difficult time believing that. Every time I've ridden one, there is only one tube allowed on the slide at a time, with about 30-45 seconds between dispatch (which means they're only cranking 320-480pph). That's pretty crappy any way you look at it. And given that these slides are bound to be more expensive than a Proslide mammoth, I don't see any park finding it worthwhile.
P.S. - Maybe one of those fastconveyors such as a what you see on some watercoasters between one cone and the start of another entry tube to the next - it could even go uphill a bit with that?
Some of the rafts do seem to get awfully close to the sides of the exit tube in the Tornado section...
There's the Dells, there's the proposed ProSlide park in Canadia-Land...
It's only a matter of time. We'll see one.
If you watch the video on Pro-slide's website it looks like capacity won't be an issue because the tubes get through the Tornado section pretty quickly and they are using 4-person rafts.
It doesn't matter much, since they won't be able to send a tube down the slide until the one before it has landed in the splashdown pool. That's a lot of time between dispatches when you figure the slide has more than one funnel. Regular Proslide Tornados are low capacity enough...I couldn't imagine waiting for this one.
The "block brake" idea sounds decent in theory, but I don't think it would work for this ride. It works on Master Blasters because those tubes are difficult (if not impossible) to fall out of. On the other hand, I've seen many people fall out of Proslide Tornado tubes, and I wouldn't want to see someone go slamming into a "block brake" sans tube.
What kind of heavy rubber would effectively stop and hold a heavy tube full of guests and not injure a guest sliding around with no tube?
Seems like far more trouble than it's worth...
The tornado has been built at the beginning of the already existing slide. Before, it was simply a dark mammoth ride. The park, Mont-Cascades, is located in Cantley, Quebec, Canada. It is 20mins. away from Ottawa, which is where Proslide HQ is located.
Here is a video on the park's official website.
As you can see this video was shoot before the installation of the Tantrum Tornado.
I also got pictures from the slide but I don't know how to post them. If someone could tell me how, I would be glad to share them with you, members.
It's pretty simple, though I'm not sure how cost effective it really is.
Forgive the very crude drawing, but I don't have my tablet here at work, just the mouse.
It's very similar to the lock system used in canals with varying water levels. The tube exits the funnel, where the slide slopes down, however, a retractable gate has been activated, catching all the flowing water and creating a makeshift splashdown pool mid-slide. Of course, it will only be a few feet deep, but as long as it needs to be to stop the raft, so if someone comes off their tube, they can stand up and breathe, etc.
Once it is clear for that raft to go, the lock gate goes back down, and the tube floats away on the rushing water. This could really be used mid-slide on a lot of things, not just as a safety block, but even as an effect to slow down a raft and give the riders a "rest" mid-ride.
Just a little something that came to mind, and of course would need much more thought behind it, but hey - it's a start.
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