OLD FORGE, N.Y. – Water Safari revealed details about its three new slides on Wednesday -- the Mamba Strike, Serengeti Stampede and Killermanjaro’s Revenge.
A trapdoor floor drops people onto the Mamba Strike, which is a 285-foot-long enclosed body slide that loops around the Serengeti Stampede. To ride the Mamba Strike, people must be at least 4 feet tall and less than 300 pounds.
The Serengeti Stampede is a 293-foot-long racing slide with four lanes, named after the vast land animals stampede through in Africa. It replaces Serengeti Surf Hill. Riders must be 42 inches tall to ride.
Killermanjaro’s Revenge is the newer, larger version of the old Killermanjaro ride many may remember. It is a 207-foot-long speed slide that drops riders to the bottom on one long stretch of slide.
The new slides were constructed, in part, with funding from Empire State Development.
“We’d like thank New York’s Empire State Development team and Gov. Cuomo for providing the $500,000 grant opportunity to make our new ride project a reality. 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,” said Katie Wojdyla, vice president and director of marketing for Water Safari Resort.
All three rides are made of fiberglass material, replacing the old slides that were made from foam.
The trapdoors on the Mamba Strike and Killermanjaro’s Revenge use Skybox technology, so the floor unexpectedly opens and drops the riders onto the slides.
The slides are still under construction, but are expected to be completed ahead of Water Safari's planned opening on June 27.