SeaWorld’s Aquatica Orlando has announced its 2020 addition: the first-ever dueling water slide in Florida, Riptide Race.  

As described in an Aquatica press release, teams of two will race each other in separate 68-foot-tall, 650-foot-long slides that includes outdoor sections where riders can get a glimpse of their competitors. 

“Riptide Race will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to have a thrilling, and more importantly, dueling water slide,” David Heaton, Aquatica Orlando vice president, said in a statement. “Riptide Race is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”

The ride will be located on the north end of the water park, next to Banana Beach Cook Out. It will have a 42-inch height requirement. 

Aquatica Orlando’s most recent addition, KareKare Curl, debuted in April. 

The park had the seventh-highest attendance among all water parks worldwide in the most recent Themed Entertainment Association report, having attracted 1,556,000 guests in 2018. That placed it fourth in the Central Florida market behind Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach and Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay.

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