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7-story water slide complex coming to Kings Island in 2016

Published: Aug. 19, 2015 at 7:54 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2015 at 7:54 PM EDT
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The new Tropical Plunge logo. (Source: Kings Island)
The new Tropical Plunge logo. (Source: Kings Island)
A rendering of the new parking toll booths. (Source: Kings Island)
A rendering of the new parking toll booths. (Source: Kings Island)

MASON, OH (WAVE) - Kings Island announced on Wednesday a major expansion of its Soak City Waterpark for the 2016 season, which will include a nearly seven-story water slide complex.

Three of the slides on the 65-foot tall Tropical Plunge complex will begin with guests climbing inside an Aqua-Launch chamber where they will wait for the floor to drop out from under their feet. That will send them into a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume.

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According to a news release from Kings Island, Tropical Plunge also will feature a slide that will send riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute with four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide. They will be released into a pool of water and dueling 337-foot long tube slides that will zip riders through a series of drops and turns.

"This will be a high-adrenaline attraction that will increase the thrill factor for our park guests," Kings Island's Vice President and General Manager Greg Scheid said. "They have been asking for new and more thrilling waterpark attractions they are able to enjoy with family members, and we think this answers their feedback plus brings another element of fun to the overall experience of Kings Island."

Tropical Plunge will expand the size of Kings Island's waterpark to 35 acres. When attraction is finished, Soak City Waterpark will have a total of 36 slides, two wave pools, two coves, a lagoon and an action river plus children's play areas among its more than 50 water activities.

Construction on Tropical Plunge is expected to begin this fall. The attraction will be ready by Memorial Day 2016, the start of the waterpark's 27th season.

In conjunction with the City of Mason's renovation of Kings Island Drive, a grander more welcoming park entrance with 13 new entrance lanes will be built on the north end of the parking lot, creating a much-improved traffic flow. The new entrance will replace the current north and south toll plazas.

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