Water Safari aims for June slide into summer

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OLD FORGE — Enchanted Forest Water Safari and Calypso’s Cove have their sights set on opening their doors — and swooshing down its water slides including the facility’s three new water rides — by the end of June.

“As of now, our target opening date is Saturday, June 27,” Water Safari has announced via its website. “This date is subject to change and will be based on the phased reopening and guidance from New York State.”

Water Safari officials added that they are committed to opening this summer as soon as it is safe to do so and that they are working diligently on reopening plans for both team members and guests to ensure a clean, safe, and healthy experience.

While it awaits word on its reopening, crews at the facility are busily in the midst of construction of three new rides — Mamba Strike, Serengeti Stampede and Killermanjaro’s Revenge.

Serengeti Stampede replaces Serengeti Surf Hill, a new 293-foot-long, four-lane mat racer. Officials say the vision of this ride is to evoke the racing and playful nature of animals that stampede through the Serengeti. Riders on Serengeti Stampede must be a minimum of 42 inches tall. Currently there is no weight requirement.

While many guests were sad to see the Killermanjaro ride, and its rapid descent, go; the new “Killermanjaro’s Revenge” is a 207-foot-long speed slide that drops guests through the floor into the slide and zooms them to the finish in one long drop. Minimum 48-inch height requirement with a maximum 300 pound weight limit.

Mamba Strike is a 285-foot enclosed body slide that loops around Serengeti Stampede after the trapdoor floor opens and drops guests onto the slide. Mamba Strike is named after a venomous snake that originated in Africa. Mamba Strike requirements are minimum 48-inch height with a maximum 300lb weight limit.

All three rides are made of fiber glass material replacing the legacy slides that were made from foam. The Mamba Strike and Killermanjaro’s Revenge use Skybox technology where the trapdoor floor unexpectedly opens and drops the riders onto the slide. Located near the popular Curse of the Silverback ride on the Water Safari Island, all three new rides will continue the safari theme that was established years ago with the inception of Water Safari in 1988.

All rides will be tested and commissioned before opening to confirm their rider requirements.

“We’d like thank New York’s Empire State Development team and Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo for providing the $500,000 grant opportunity to make our new ride project a reality,” said Katie Wojdyla, vice president and director of marketing for Water Safari Resort. “We would also like to thank the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency for their assistance with the project. Their help grows our region’s tourism and continues to promote New York State forward.”

The park was named the fourth best water park in the country by TripAdvisors Travelers Choice Awards.

“It’s our guests and team members that make this all possible, so a huge thank you to everyone,” Wojdyla said. “Here at Water Safari Resort, we have a rich history of providing safe, clean, family fun in the Adirondacks. It is our mission and we are working hard to continue that tradition today.”

For more information, visit the Enchanted Forest Water Safari Website at https://www.watersafari.com/

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