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

White Water Bay plans to add two new water slides to the park — the largest expansion in two decades.

The Cannon Bowl and Pipeline Wave are expected to be ready when the park opens for the 2013 season, said White Water Bay General Manager David Riddles. Park officials are securing permits for the rides and hope to begin construction in a couple of weeks.

The last major addition to White Water Bay, 3908 W Reno, was the Big Kahuna in 1992.

“Our loyal guests were ready for a new ride and we are excited to offer them two,” Riddles said. “We're long overdue.”

Both slides will be built in a single structure and will share a staircase, he said.

The Cannon Bowl is a two-person double tube ride with a 41-foot drop; riders experience a steep decent into the bowl, where they revolve around the perimeter before being dropped through a corkscrew exit. On the Pipeline Wave, two riders sit face-to-face in a tube, where they slide through tunnels and to the top of banked curves. The ride is 201-feet long and also has a 41-foot drop.

The structure will be located on the northeast side of the park near the Bermuda Triangle. The volleyball courts will be relocated for the project, which includes additional shaded lounge areas. Riddles declined to disclose construction costs.


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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