Ultimate Storm strikes SIX Flags Parks

Monday, May 23, 2005 7:39 PM
Tornado, Award-Winning water Attraction, is set to open at SF parks.
  • SFWW Concord - Open: Storm in Progress
  • SFST - Open: Storm in Progress
  • SFKK - Storm Strikes May 27
  • SFDL - Storm Strikes May 28
  • SFStL - Storm Strikes May 28
  • SFA - Storm Strikes May 28

The bright blue and yellow, checkerboard designed ride resembles a
60-foot household funnel. Board a 4-person, cloverleaf-shaped raft
75 feet up in the air and then drop down a 132-foot long tunnel. Spin back and forth from side to side into the 60-foot diameter funnel and then splash through a waterfall to the pool below!

Are YOU ready for the Ultimate Storm?

Monday, May 23, 2005 7:49 PM
This ride is pretty sweet..can't wait to ride it. I saw it the other day while at the park.
Monday, May 23, 2005 8:02 PM
does anyone have a picture of what this looks like
Monday, May 23, 2005 8:15 PM
Monday, May 23, 2005 8:16 PM
There is also a picture and video here.
EDIT: link *** Edited 5/24/2005 12:20:47 AM UTC by person***
Monday, May 23, 2005 9:39 PM
*Ahem* The original halfpipe waterslide can be found at Splashin' Safari! http://www.holidayworld.com/family_water_rides.html

The Zinga was built last year. Actually, without riding the one at KK, I think the Zinga would be better than it, because of the way it starts. If you notice, the Zinga begins with a nice downward helix. What does that other one begin with?

Monday, May 23, 2005 9:50 PM
The *original* halfpipe slides a la Splash Mountain (http://www.jollyrogerpark.com/splash/) are so much better than the proslides crap.
Monday, May 23, 2005 10:34 PM
I don't understand why Elitch Gardens got one of those crappy ones when every other park got a Tornado.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 4:56 PM
Six Flags Elitch Gardens didn't and probably won't get a Tornado slide because of space issues at the park.

The waterpark can be seen in the satellite photo here, the Edge is at the bottom of the photo now.

The Tornado slide is a lot bigger, it might take up double the space of what one of the halfpipe slides does.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 5:15 PM
So does the tornado slide do anything majorly different than the old halfpipes? It seems to me like a waste of materials, and money, if the tornado doesn't even utilize its higher sections.

- Josh

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 5:36 PM
With the exception of the clover tubes and Holiday World's extra helix on Zinga there is no difference, in fact, I find the old ones to be a bit more intense because of the "edge of the slide" effect. The new ones are mostly for visual effect, but it sure does seem like a major waste of materials and money to have such a huge funnel for no reason.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 5:57 PM

a_hoffman50 said: The Zinga was built last year.

Actually it opened in 2003. Jungle Racer and Jungle Jets were new last year.

Curious about all the Tornados springing up ... do they have conveyor belts for the inner tubes?


Tuesday, May 24, 2005 6:05 PM
Well having been on both, I enjoy the Tornado much more. The turn into the drop ups the suspense. Also, I've noticed the fact that it has a top makes people feel much better. I know those that wouldn't go on the halfpipe for fear of hitting the top of the other side (which sometimes does get close). I found the drop and ride afterwards to be about equal, although I didn't get the crazy head slamming down at the bottom of the slide on Tornado that I got on the halfpipes.

Paula, the one at SFMM did not have a conveyor for the inner tubes, but I was sure wishing it did. Carrying those clover leafs gets to be old after the 4th or 5th time. They're not so much heavy, but akward to take up the stairs due to their size.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:55 PM
The Original Halfpipe slides a la Jolly Roger Splash Mountain are amazing. Dropping down backwards is amazing also. :)
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:56 PM
Raven Maven,

From what I've seen of the Tornado at SFA, their is no conveyor belt at this point.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:03 PM
thanks for the picture
my homepark is getting one, and i cant wait to ride it
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:29 PM
i cant wait to go to SFA cause bahama blast it looks very fun,and the tornado looks awesome
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:51 PM
Thanks. We didn't have one the first year--and boy, did we get an earful!

Mrs. Koch wanted to put up a little donation can -- those things are expensive!


Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:09 PM
Not a single tornado slide at the Six Flags waterparks have a conveyor. However, it seemed like you had to carry your tube a lot farther for Zinga than what you have to for the Tornados. Personally, I prefer the conveyor method and I am glad that Mrs. Koch allowed one to be installed.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 12:44 AM
Paula, Sorry about the wrong date.



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