Thrill seekers looking for the next big thing can find it in Branson, Missouri, as adventure takes a jaw-dropping leap forward with the opening of an all-new game-changing water slide designed to be the biggest thrill in White Water history. The just-opened $1.7 million KaPau Plummet is a heart-pounding, drop-floor AquaLaunch slide atop a four-story tower. It features a near-vertical 70-degree plunge and two-story rider free fall through two 240-foot dueling slides, followed by a spiraling loop – an experience promising to far exceed the thrill factor of any water ride ever built at the 13-acre tropically-themed water park in Branson.
“KaPau Plummet offers a thrill like no other ever at White Water,” said Cory Roebuck, White Water Director of Operations, explaining that ‘kapau’ is a U.S. surfer slang term meaning the next big wave or the next big thing, pronounced KA-POW. “The AquaLaunch trap door builds anticipation for an incredible drop below, and then the plunge will literally take your breath away.”
Those brave enough to dare the drop will experience a heart-pumping, breathtaking thrill that begins at the top of the 40-foot tower. Two encapsulated slides are the starting points for loading riders into launch capsules. Once inside, the countdown begins: 3…2…1 KAPAU! The bottom of each slide drops out, creating a rider free fall at 70 degrees, speeding at 26 feet per second into a looping 240-foot translucent waterslide before final splashdown. Spectators will be able to watch the riders’ rocket-like plunge and see them spiral through the loops.
KaPau Plummet is the centerpiece for White Water’s most thrilling season yet that adds not only the new ride but more “Dive-In” movies on a giant screen above the wave pool and fireworks on Saturdays during Night Water. Open May 17 – September 7, White Water features more than a dozen rides and attractions and two million gallons of cool water fun. For details, schedules and information: 800-831-4FUN(386), www.bransonwhitewater.com.
TPAers, have you had a chance to brave KaPau Plummet yet? Are you planning on visiting Branson this summer? If so, will you be dropping in to this new water slide attraction? Share your thoughts below with other fans!