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!
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?
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.
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.
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.