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KareKare Curl, the new water slide at SeaWorld's Aquatica, is open

Showcasing a big drop and weightlessness, KareKare Curl launched Friday at SeaWorld Orlando water park Aquatica. [Courtesy SeaWorld Orlando]
Published Apr. 17

SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica water park has opened a new adrenaline rush of a water slide called KareKare Curl that offers big thrills in a short trip.

KareKare Curl is only about a 30-second ride. But at 361 feet long, the attraction features a 35-foot drop down an enclosed tube slide and a moment of weightlessness after the tube spits you out onto a fiberglass vertical wave, which you climb and, for a moment, feel you are flying off the ground.

Then there is the final open stretch of splashing into a pool.

The water slide, whose name means "wave" in Maori, is meant for thrill-seekers and has a minimum height requirement of at least 48 inches, so it's not for small children.

KareKare Curl feels different, Aquatica officials say, depending on whether you sit frontward or backward on the two-person circular raft where riders sit. So, yes, you can face each other and see the look on your partner's face as you're going down the ride.

The attraction is part of Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment, which has promised a new ride every year at every park as the company seeks to keep its momentum of growing attendance from 2018 into this year and beyond.

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Sesame Street land opened March 27 at SeaWorld Orlando, and Tigris, billed as Florida's tallest launch coaster, is set to debut at Busch Gardens in Tampa Friday. It's in a soft launch now.

A sister park of SeaWorld, Aquatic is themed to the southern Pacific, featuring two wave pools, a man-made beach and several water slides. Its signature ride is Dolphin Plunge, where two enclosed body slides pass through a pool with a pod of dolphins.

Admission starts at $59.99 at aquatica.com.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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