World Waterpark

World Waterpark is a water park located at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Opened to the public in 1986, it is the largest indoor water park in North America.[7][8] It has a maximum capacity of about 5,000 guests, an average air temperature of 31 °C (88 °F), and also contains the world's largest indoor wave pool with a capacity of 12.5 million litres.[9][10]

World Waterpark

The Blue Thunder wave pool as seen from a platform of the web of staircases used to access the slides. Sun Runner (the yellow slide) is also visible in the background.
SloganWet, wild, and wonderful!
LocationWest Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
OwnerWest Edmonton Mall Properties Inc.
Operated byWest Edmonton Mall Properties Inc.
General ManagerArun Pye
OpenedApril 15, 1986 (April 15, 1986)
Operating seasonAll year round
Visitors per annum560,000
Area19,974 square metres (215,000 sq ft)
Pools3 pools
Water slides17 water slides
Children's areas2 children's areas
WebsiteOfficial website
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The highest slides in the park are Twister and Cyclone, which are both 83 feet (25 m) high.

Blue Thunder wave pool

This wave pool has four active wave bays, each with 2 panels operated by a 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kW) hydraulic system (8 total active panels). For many years, the (4) panels in the two outer wave bays have been disabled, apparently due to the waves being far too intense, resulting in injuries; guests were being thrown into each other when all 12 panels were operating, as they were in the 1980s.

Waves are generated (in 10 minutes on, 5 minutes off sessions) of approximately 4 to 5 feet, utilizing only the 8 active wave panels. It is arguably the most popular attraction in the park, as many swimmers (most with inner tubes) can be found bobbing in the water. The start of every session is marked with a loud air horn blast, warning swimmers to be ready for a wave to flip them over. Every now and then, the large crowd of people in the pool will jokingly scream after hearing the air horn, a common behavior among frequent users of the wavepool.

Most evenings, after regular park business hours, the Blue Thunder wave pool is used by clubs for surfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. For these activities, the waves are often programmed for increased intensity and continuous operation.

In September 2018, the water park underwent a $2.5 million renovation including repainting the Wavepool, renovated cabanas, additional bathrooms, new beach area flooring and upgraded signage.[11]

Slides

Beginner slides

Slide Description
Caribbean Cove A large play structure constructed in 2008 to replace The Little Caribbean. Caribbean Cove contains 3 slides, pipes, pull ropes, water buckets, rope walks, and a 1200-liter bucket that dumps water down the front of the structure every 2 minutes. The water level is less than a few centimeters deep, making it ideal for small children.

Note: Slides in this area are one at a time. Parents may not slide down with their child.

Caribbean Cruiser A beginner slide designed for small children that drops into a 1' splashdown pool. This slide is ideal for small children, as it is fast enough to be fun, but slow enough not to be scary. It also has a small platform at the bottom which slows riders down and lets them plop into the pool gently and slowly, instead of dropping in hard and fast.

Up to two riders are permitted at a time.

Dolphin Kiddie Pool A small, dolphin-themed play park for children. This area is ideal for toddlers, small children, and infants. There are plenty of water toys, a water screw, and a very low triple chute, playground-type slide that is covered over with dolphin scenery.
Sun Runner A yellow slide designed for rafts that can support a maximum two people. Single tubes are also permitted. This slide is a perfect in-between choice for children that want to take a step up from Caribbean Cruiser. It is one of the only slides in the park that does not have a splashdown pool (it has a padded trough instead). The Sun Runner's name is from the Edmonton Sun, a local newspaper that currently holds the naming rights. Sun Runner is the only slide that has a sponsor's name on it.
Splash Pad A zero-depth water playground.

Intermediate slides

Slide Description
Corkscrew A completely enclosed slide that twirls and twists into a 1.2m (4feet) deep pool of water, thus its name, Corkscrew. It is one of the several slides that has retained its original form. Parents may catch their children at the bottom but they may not slide down together. Lifejackets (PFDs) and Tubes are permitted. The slides were repainted entirely green in the 2018 renovation.
Slideboarding An interactive waterslide that integrates a video game into the slide. Players match the coloured lights to the buttons on their slideboards to score points and unlock new levels. All riders must have a slideboard to ride.

Height/Weight Requirements - Minimum: 122 cm (48") tall. Maximum: 136 kg (300 lbs). Slideboarding replaced the left chute of the Howler. Lifejackets (PFDs) are permitted.

Advanced slides

Slide Description
Twister Twister is one of the two highest slides in the park, and one of the few slides left since official park opening that still retain its original form and color. Both sides are partially enclosed, in addition to lots of twists and turns. Riders will enter a 1.2m (4 feet) deep splashdown pool. Despite being one of the tallest slides in the park, Twister is a calm and slow slide, making this leisure friendly as opposed to a thrilling one. Parents may catch their children at the bottom of the slide but they may not slide together. Lifejackets (PFDs) and Tubes are permitted.
Howler A dark slide that is around 3/4 enclosed, which drops riders into a 1.2m (4 feet) deep splashdown pool. Howler offerers lot of thrill, as it throws riders around in the dark without warning. Parents may catch their children at the bottom of the pool but may not slide together. Lifejackets (PFDs) and Tubes are permitted. The left chute was shut down for over a decade because of safety concerns and was eventually removed and replaced by Slideboarding.
Blue Bullet A blue slide that offers different experiences on both sides. The left side has translucent areas that allow some light to come in, while the right side is completely dark. Despite being a slide in the advanced level, it is known for its twisting turns and dynamic drops. It is considered by some to be the most exhilarating slide in the World Waterpark, providing the slider with continued and sustained momentum. Near the end of the slide, riders will enter a splash run out. The original Blue Bullet was partially enclosed, but was removed from the park in July 2008 due to too many injuries sustained by sliders. However, the slide reopened later in November 2008, having been removed and replaced with a new slide with the same name, and is now totally enclosed and does not drop into a splashdown pool. Sliders must be at least 48inches (1.2m or 4 feet) tall to ride.

Extreme slides

Slide Description
Nessie's Revenge A very fast purple slide with 3 bumps and no curves, similar in design to an amusement park slide. Along with the slide next to it (Sky Screamer), Nessie's Revenge used to be the light brownish-tan colour of Howler and Twister. However, during the park's large makeover in the early 2000s, Nessie's Revenge was painted purple. Since the removal of the original Sky Screamer, the splashdown pool for Nessie's Revenge is smaller. Sliders must be at least 4 feet tall to ride.
Tropical Typhoon A low and quick slide where riders slide down a short tunnel and into a large bowl (like a charity wishing well for coins), in which they slide around and around in before dropping out a hole in the middle into 10 feet of water. Tropical Typhoon is often nicknamed the "Toilet Bowl." It is the replacement of one of the park's first slides called "Cannonball", a twirly olive green chute that ended with a vertical drop. Sliders must be at least 4 feet tall to ride.
Sky Screamer Extreme Modelled similar to the original Sky Screamer, but begins with a vertical trap door at the top. One is an open yellow vertical slide, while the other is an enclosed blue one. Unlike the original Sky Screamer, both slides end in a splashdown chute similar to Blue Bullet. As of July 29, 2011 the Sky Screamer Extreme slides are now open. Note: To ride this slide, Sliders must be at least 10 years old, weigh between 90 lbs (40 kg) and 300 lbs (136 kg) maximum and be at least 4.3 feet (1.3m) tall.
Cyclone The Cyclone is a slide built by WhiteWater West of Richmond, British Columbia. It is a purple/pink colour. The slide starts at the top of Twister. Sliders enter a capsule with a vertical trap door. Once inside the capsule, the floor disappears and sliders zoom down a straight drop before the gravity defying loop, eventually ending up at the splashdown chute beside Sky Screamer Extreme. Opened as of August 8, 2011, it is one of the most extreme waterslides in Canada. Calypso Waterpark, located east of Ottawa, Ontario, hosts Canada's 2nd and 3rd AquaLoop waterslides. Note: To ride the Cyclone, sliders must weigh between 88 lbs (39 kg) and 300 lbs (136 kg) and be at least 4 feet (1.2m) tall.

Decommissioned slides

Slide Description
Raging Rapids A lazy river ride that had two sides. One side suddenly sent riders down a spiralling drop and into a tunnel, which came out at the end of the attraction. The other side started off the same but instead of entering a tunnel, riders entered a long stretch of river which eventually dropped out to the splash down pool at the end of the attraction. Raging Rapids was originally much longer, with more drops and chutes for swimmers to float through. However, during the Waterpark's overhaul in 2004, the ride was reshaped into its current incarnation and painted over. The ride was shortened because it required too many staff to run it. Despite the changes, however, portions of the closed chutes was still seen when making riders way to the start of the ride. They were filled with fake plants and foliage. The slide was permanently closed for future development for a long time. Due to that delay, it is now closed.
Thunderbolt

(former name: White Lightning)

This popular and unique slide used Aqua Skoot sleds. Riders went down one of a pair of fast and steep slides, on a special sled. The sleds flew into a long pool of water that gradually got shallower. Most riders skipped along the water to the end, but there was a chance of a harmless wipeout. A padded barrier was added to the middle of the pool to prevent the risk of adjacent sliders crashing into each other. Removed for installation of Flowrider.
Geronimo's Jump A triple slide with straight blue chutes which would send sliders freefalling into a 10 foot deep splashdown pool. Removed for the area to be converted to Tap Works (now Splash Pad).
The Little Caribbean Another play area with three small slides and a bumper boats area, a step up from Dolphin Kiddie Pool. Contained a water playground with adjustable fountains, a tire swing and mini inflatable boats. Along with Tap Works, The Little Caribbean was permanently closed to make way for the Caribbean Cove in 2008.
Sky Screamer (original slide) An extremely steep, bright red slide. It was the tallest waterslide along with Twister, and shared a splash pool with Nessie's Revenge. It then was painted red in 2004, before being removed in February 2012 to make way for the drop-box Sky Screamer slides.
Tap Works Another kids play park, this time revolving around taps and pipes. It contained lots of adjusting wheels for kids to change the flow of water, as well as several high-powered water guns. It is now a Splash Pad.
Cannon Ball Run A twirly Chute colored like Corkscrew (olive green); it was removed and in its place was put Tropical Typhoon.
Hurricane An inflatable ball within a ball that contains water and rotates, creating a slippery but smooth ride described as a "cross between a waterfall and a rollercoaster". It was removed to make way for additional Cabanas.
Center of Gravity Currently not in operation. Bungee tower remains intact.

Additional attractions

Ride Description
Flowrider Formally known as Tsunami, FlowRider is a surf simulator for flowboarding and bodyboarding. Opened in January, 2015,[12] guests may experience Flowrider for an additional charge. Minimum rider height for flowboard is 48 inches, and 42 inches for the bodyboard. To make way for Flowrider, West Edmonton Mall permanently closed the Thunderbolt slide.[13]
Sky Flyer Zipline World's largest permanent indoor zipline,[14] at 450 feet length. Linetech ziplines start at the southwest corner of the waterpark and traverse the Blue Thunder wave pool to just past the Dolphin-themed children's area. Additional charge attraction, accessible to both waterpark guests, and general public. Can accommodate four riders at once. Formerly called Linetech Ziplines.

Other information

World Waterpark also has two hot tubs: one double and one single.

Concessions:

Former:

  • Hot Dog Hut

Tubes can be rented at a cost, while PFDs (lifejackets) can be borrowed for no charge at Sharky's Supply Shack.

See also

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