A yellow light flashes overhead in the tunnel on your left. A quick turn brings two blue lights. Techno beats echo all around. While careening down the slide, you’ll need to keep your reflexes from getting waterlogged to press the corresponding colored button on your sled-like raft.
“You’re holding onto a slide board, listening to music and you’ve got lights going all over the place,” says Thatcher Robertson, corporate director of waterparks for Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Sandusky. “There’s a lot of things going on at the same time.”
The 375-foot-long interactive slide, which debuted in mid-November, is the first of its kind in any of Kalahari’s resorts. The $1.3 million addition complements the 174,000-square-foot indoor water park’s more than two dozen funnel flumes, tandem tubes, surf simulator and other attractions.
With music genres ranging from reggae to pop and 60 levels of difficulty that require hitting up to four color targets at once, Storm Chaser is enough to challenge even the most serious gamer.
“It combines the real-life thrill of a waterslide with the fun of a video game in the way people like to play today,” says Robertson. “[It] offers friendly competition in a screen-free way that encourages family time.”
In June, Kalahari unveiled five new outdoor slides, including the high-speed Serengeti Spinner body slide which features a tight 360-degree loop, in a multimillion dollar addition to its park.
“We plan to continue to push the envelope with bigger and better attractions to draw travelers to the area,” Robertson says.
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10:00 AM EST
January 29, 2018