Waves of Excitement for Ocean Park Hong Kong’s New Water Park
Nestled on a hillside overlooking the South China Sea, the new Water World water park at Ocean Park Hong Kong covers more than 600,000 square feet and will offer 27 attractions to suit every adventurer’s taste when it opens later this summer.
“Ocean Park Water World will be the first and only waterfront water park in Southeast Asia with connected terraced platforms offering stunning views of the South China Sea,” says Bryan Howard Fish, executive director of Ocean Park Water World. “For the first time, guests can enjoy all-year, all-weather water park experiences in Hong Kong at this state-of-the-art water park with a wide range of environmentally friendly architectural concepts.”
These concepts not only promote Water World’s sustainability, but do so in spectacular fashion.
Large facade doors and roof vents will utilize the sea breeze to facilitate natural ventilation in the park’s large main building. Planners say this will reduce energy requirements for mechanical cooling. A skylight system and glass walls surrounding enclosed areas will maximize natural illumination inside, producing visual effects while minimizing the use of artificial lighting to enhance efficiency.
Built a sufficient distance from the South China Sea, the new park’s location avoided the need to modify an existing sea wall, thereby lessening the impact on marine habitats. Fish notes that all of the facility’s pools will use the latest filtration technology for water conservation. Finally, massive rooftops with live foliage are designed to provide an aesthetic appearance while simultaneously reducing the building’s heat gain.
For guests looking forward to tantalizing water park attractions, the HK$4 billion Water World will not disappoint. Among the 27 attractions spread among five different zones are 12 water rides, including a multicolored racing slide where riders zoom down eight lanes, as well as a slide tower offering two experiences in which guests can choose to ride together on a double tube or slide solo around sharp turns. There’s also a human-made beach, a surfing simulator, and several indoor water attractions.
To bring the water park to fruition, Water World utilized Canadian manufacturers WhiteWater and ProSlide, and AFP Technology in Belgium, which offers a variety of water sports products. Water World will also feature dining experiences and merchandise shops.
Ocean Park expects Water World to have a positive impact on the Hong Kong economy, with the park employing 400 people.
“With the launch of Water World, we are confident that Ocean Park will remain steadfast in its commitment to achieving business sustainability and serving the community of Hong Kong, as well as offering new kinds of entertainment experiences for overseas visitors,” Fish tells Funworld. “Once Water World opens, Ocean Park is set to enhance the diversity of Hong Kong’s tourism offerings and contribute to the long-term competitiveness of Hong Kong as a premier travel destination.”
Ocean Park will provide pricing and ticketing details for Water World when the official opening date is announced. However, the park has shared Water World will operate as a separate gate from Ocean Park Hong Kong.
Fun Variety of Top Thrill Water Attractions
Among Ocean Park Water World’s 12 water attractions are first-class thrill experiences:
“Rainbow Rush” – Riders slide on their favorite color as they ride this eight-lane mat slide and enter a pitch-black pipe full of twists and turns. They emerge from the tunnel and see below them the rest of the slide they’re about to plunge down, all while enjoying an amazing view of the South China Sea as they dive almost 100 meters.
“Cyclone Spin/Tropical Twist” – Perfect for a fun family adventure, this ride offers two different experiences from one tower. Adventurers can experience different centrifugal exhilarations together on a double tube or slide solo on a single run as they challenge the sharp turns and bends.
“Vortex!” – Riders brave this water park attraction while facing each other on a cloverleaf tube. Adrenaline mounts as they shoot into a gigantic 360-degree bowl before plummeting into an enormous tornado funnel.