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Making a splash: White Water Bay to add two new rides

The Cannon Bowl and Pipeline Wave are expected to be open for White Water Bay's 2013 season. It's the biggest expansion to the park in 20 years.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: January 30, 2013

/articleid/3750215/1/pictures/1939706">Photo - White Water Bay plans to open two new slides this year: the Cannon Bowl and Pipeline Wave. Shown is an artist’s drawing. DRAWING PROVIDED BY WHITE WATER BAY
White Water Bay plans to open two new slides this year: the Cannon Bowl and Pipeline Wave. Shown is an artist’s drawing. DRAWING PROVIDED BY WHITE WATER BAY

Competition heated up with two new water parks opening in the state last year: Andy Alligator's Water Park in Norman and Water-Zoo in Clinton. Andy Alligator's, at Interstate 35 and Indian Hills Road, has a lazy river, toddler splash zone, four-lane mat racer slide, double tube slide and private cabanas. The Water-Zoo, the state's first indoor water park, opened in the fall and is adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.

White Water Bay's sister park, Frontier City, last year opened Wild West Water Works, a $3 million water attraction with eight slides and a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket.

Riddles said those developments weren't a factor in White Water Bay's decision to add rides.

“We're still the largest water park in the state and we try to set the trends,” he said.

White Water Bay opens May 18 for the 2013 season. One-day admission is $34.99 for adults, up from $25.99 last year. Double park season passes, which include Frontier City, are $69.99.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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Timeline

1981: The water park opens as White Water with six rides, five of which are still operating.

1991: Name changed to White Water Bay.

1992: The Big Kahuna, a family tube ride that takes up to four passengers down a 542-foot flume slide, opens.

1996: A new ride, Cannonball Falls, is introduced.

2005: The Mega-Wedgie, a 277-foot-long speed slide, built.

2007: Six Flags sells White Water Bay and Frontier City to Florida operator PARC, who then sells the parks to CNL Lifestyle Properties.

2011: Premier Attractions Management named operator of White Water Bay and Frontier City.

2013: White Water Bay announces two new rides: the Cannon Bowl and Pipeline Wave.

Source: The Oklahoman archives, White Water Bay

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