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Colossal new water ride at Center Parcs receives its final polish

Press Release   •   Jul 28, 2017 09:35 BST

Cleaners took to the inside of one of Longleat Forest’s new rides as finishing touches are applied

Workers at Center Parcs Longleat Forest had a huge task to complete as they embarked on the final cleaning of the village’s newest addition – the largest AV-enabled raft ride in Europe.

Armed with a multitude of different instruments to make sure they could reach spaces both high and low within the colossal cyclone – which will provide riders with a zero-gravity experience when the ride opens on 16th August – the ride cleaners had a difficult job on their hands.

The final polish took place ahead of the launch of two new innovative rides coming to Center Parcs Longleat Forest as part of the revamped Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which opens following the successful launch of Tropical Cyclone and other water play areas at Elveden Forest

The adrenaline-fuelled waterslide additions, named Tropical Cyclone and Typhoon, both feature light experiences, offering nature-inspired themes for the rider to select ahead of the experience.

Colin Whaley, Marketing Director at Center Parcs, said:

“We are always looking at ways to keep building on the great family experience we offer families and are very proud of the new features that will soon be opening at Longleat Forest’s Subtropical Swimming Paradise. We believe we have the best water experiences in the UK, across all of our five villages and we know, from what guests tell us, that what we have is special. We hope that these additions will thrill families and play a big part in their adventures whilst on a short break at Center Parcs.”

Tropical Cyclone

The colossalTropical Cyclone is the largest interactive two- or three-person raft ride in Europe. The unique ride features a cyclone with a spectacular diameter of 15 metres, which is the perfect canvas for the projections, lights and sounds displayed from the AV technology. Riders will be given the chance to choose from themes such as thunder, underwater, coral reef and waterfalls before heading into the exhilarating ride.

Lasting an unforgettable 45 seconds and boasting a top speed of 40km/h, the ride offers 142 metres of twists, turns and sways with the giant cone drop tipping riders at an angle that gives riders a zero-gravity experience for a second before propelling them down the tube to a splash pool.

Typhoon

Thrills don’t stop at the Tropical Cyclone, the new Typhoon also offers an exciting light experience which is sure to delight, with riders able to choose from one of five light experiences including treetops, seasons, Atlantis, rainbow and Aurora Borealis.

A single or two-person ride, Typhoon whips riders through tubes and cones for up to a minute of drops and swings, reaching a top speed of 40km/h along its 140-metre length – giving the rider a truly amazing visual experience which will make the Typhoon an unforgettable ride to try.

Venture Bay and Venture Harbour

There are also two new areas included in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise revamp – a family water play area and a toddler play area and pool. These new areas will see families whizzing down brightly lit tubes, spraying each other with spouts and having fun in the water from the hidden giant tipping buckets, amongst much, much more.

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise is the most popular place at all Center Parcs villages for families to spend a day of their break, with more than 90% of guests visiting the water wonderland to enjoy slides, a wave pool, Wild Water Rapids and toddler water play areas.

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise additions will open at Center Parcs Longleat Forest on 16th August with Ellie Simmonds, five-time Paralympic Champion, officially opening Tropical Cyclone and Typhoon.

Family short breaks can be booked at: www.centerparcs.co.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Typhoon ride is suitable for riders over 1.1 metres.
  • Tropical Cyclone raft ride is suitable for riders over 1.22 metres.

About Center Parcs

  • Center Parcs has five villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire
  • As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%.
  • Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes more than 2.2 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  • The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment.
  • This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK.
  • Center Parcs has been announced ‘Best Family Friendly UK Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the fourteenth year in a row.