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Aquafantasy Waterpark is WWA Magazine's Cover Story this month!


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Park located in Izmir, Turkey has gone through two expansions with great rides respectively in 2010 and 2011, each time by POLIN!

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Aquafantasy Waterpark is WWA Magazine's Cover Story this month!

  1. 1. May 2012 The Official Magazine of the World Waterpark Association Fantasy A Realized!At Aquafantasy in TurkeyOasis in the PalmsNew York’s Palm Island Indoor Waterpark29 and fine!Adventure World reveals exciting attractionsHow-To: MaintenanceHow to address cloudy pool water
  2. 2. A Fantasy Realized! There’s always room for expansion at Aquafantasy Waterpark in Izmir, Turkey A quafantasy Waterpark, lo- Two new slides for ‘10 cated in Izmir, Turkey, is a In 2010, the park celebrated its part of the Aqua Fantasy 10th year by adding two unique wa- Hotel and Spa built on 45 ter rides designed, manufactured acres of land in the ancient and installed by Polin Waterparks city of Selcuk. and Pool Systems. The slides are Selcuk is along the coast of Ae- L-RTM (Light-Resin Transfer Mold- gean Sea and has a healthy tourism ing) manufactured family rafting trade, thanks to the city’s proximity slide and a wave slide. to the sea and to ruins at Ephesus, The family rafting slide makes it which contains the Temple of Arte- possible for family and friends to mis, considered to be one of the sev- share the entertainment and excite- en wonders of the modern world. ment together in circular inflatable Aquafantasy Waterpark opened rafts holding two to four passengers. in 2000 and has since gone through Since the waterpark experience is a several expansions. It boasts a family experience, adding this type number of waterslides and hosts a of ride was of crucial importance to gaggle of birthday parties, concerts Aquafantasy Waterpark. and other exciting programs. In fact, since its opening, the In addition to the strength of the shared experience, the park has proven to be the No. 1 destination spot in the area. family rafting slide is also just plain fun. One can experi- ence the joy of twists, turns and drops of the exciting slide(32 World Waterpark Magazine® MAY 2012
  3. 3. Aquafantasy Waterpark has a daily capacity of 5,000 people.path. (Thanks to different slope angles, it also offers a more is committed to providing the best quality product and service,”flexible design configuration.) said Sohret Pakis, marketing manager of Polin Waterparks. Lastly, the ride itself is extremely functional and aestheti- Askin Altiparmak, general coordinator of Aqua Fanta-cally pleasing. A conveyor system was adapted to launch sy Hotel and Spa, agreed. “The new slides enhanced thethe rafts, and since the rafts hold multiple customers, it’s a adrenaline and thrills for our guests. We are very satisfiedgreat addition as a high-capacity ride. The slide also invites with these additions.”adventure seekers with its smooth and shiny finish on bothsides and its newly designed forms. And a third slide... The second new ride is the park’s wave slide. The wave slide In 2011, developers of Aquafantasy Waterpark decided tois one that offers uphill rides that offers high speeds and deliv- expand once more.ers high-pitched squeals of delight. The wave slide’s steep en- The new ride, especially designed for the park, is located intry provides riders with the thrill of “free falling” and a surge between the two extreme rides added the previous year. Theof adrenaline. After that, they are again propelled uphill to new ride with dark blue-turquoise color combinations is a fast,experience another unforgettable path, this time in reverse, surprising, double-tube slide with double uphill portions. Thewhich takes them back and forth down the waterslide. height of the slide is 14.68 meters and its length is 131 meters. Engineered for maximum safety, the wave slide at Aquafan- “The design of this third slide is a combination of our raftingtasy delivers the highest level of ride performance. This ride is a slide and our uphill flying boats. This ride is also very uniquebreathtaking experience, and it provides fun for all the guests. because it has two uphill portions. The great thing about this “In continually evolving and renewing waterpark industry, design is that it uses the same tower as the previous slides, andthe world’s premiere parks, like Aquafantasy Waterpark, are af- it works without water jets. This lowers the operating costs ofter the most attractive, exciting and appealing rides. And Polin the waterpark,” said Zeynep Canbaz, senior architect for Polin. )Continued on page 35 33 )
  4. 4. Muharrem Atilla, manager for Aquafan- tasy, adds, “The adrenaline is high; people are so happy, and the lines are very long. it’s not a wax. Due to the high amount of excitement generated by the two slides we added the it’s quicker to previous year, we were interested in add- ing another slide. It is amazing to see that once the riders leave the slide, their faces apply & it are glowing with joy!” After the last three expansions by Polin, lasts longer. park developers declared their plan to ex- pand once more in year 2013. Origins of fun The new ride will be the latest chapter in a waterpark story that began in 1994, when the idea of building a waterpark in Turkey was still very new. “We started by contacting the leading waterpark suppliers and design companies right after our first visit to the WWA Con- vention in 1997,” said Altiparmak. They decided to work with Jeff Henry and the team of NBGS International from Texas in the United States. When the park opened in June of 2000, it was the first themed waterpark in Turkey with the largest kid’s pool that included a pirate ship, submarine and many other water toys. The park also had three serpentine slides, gang slides and the heart pound- ing “X-treme” and “Screamer” toboggans, which are still unique in the country, ac- cording to Altiparmak. Two enclosed tube slides, a wave pool and 300-meter long leisure river were among the most important features. Expansions continued almost yearly. Among the highlights were: The park’s food options include barbeque grilled sandwiches, • 2001: “Proracer,” four-lane race ride pro- burgers, pizza and ice cream. vided by Proslide Technology. It is the only head-first race ride in Turkey.• 2002: “The Space Bowl” by Polin. This was the start of the relationship with Polin that continued into the current projects mentioned here.• 2004: A 350-room club resort was constructed adjacent to the waterpark.• 2008: An addition to the resort increased the room count to 868. It was also in 2008 that Aquafantasy Waterpark was selected as one of the bestwaterparks in the World by Tommy Lynch, the independent pool expert ( A year later, the park won the first of many subsequent “Best of the Best Accomoda-tion Award” in the world by TUİ Group in the “Splash” category. Through it all, Aquafantasy Waterpark has maintained its focus designing and Check ‘Em Out! To view YouTube video of the new rides, click on the following links: “Uphill Navigatour” MARKETING WORLD pool products inc . Authorized distributor of permAnon 47OR0mjQMh8n0EA&index=9&feature=plcp po boX 498 winooski vt 05404 tel: 802.655.8941 fAX: 802.655.0439 “Family Rafting” 35 ) Permacoatings Vertical Ad.GO.indd 1 12/16/11 8:33 AM
  5. 5. running a park with safety in mind. “Our aim was to develop a water- Suppliers Details Consultants: NBGS Internationa park which would l Aquafantasy Waterpark be the industry Waterslides: NBGS International; Ephesus Beach ,Selcuk, Izmur, showcase in the ProSlide Technology; Polin Turkey sense of high safety Waterparks & Pool Systems standards,” Altiparmak said. Wave pool: Murphys Waves Ltd. / “We had to spend more in- Wave generator: Murphys Wav es Ltd. tially by implementing the AquaFantasyAquapark Raft/Tubes/Mats: Zebec; U.S. waterpark health and CPI Amusements Owners: Buyuk Kolej Inc. safety standarts that were FEC equipment: NBGS Internat Admission prices: not a requirement by Turk- ional Adult (10 & up): €22 ish building codes then. By Children’s interactive play structure Children (4-9): €13 : taking that approach then, NBGS International Under three: Free we achieved our goal today. Dates open: May 1 – October 30 Pool and/or deck coatings: Itali “Over the years, Aquafanta- an Cotto Capacity: 5,000 sy brought many ‘firsts’ to the Filtration equipment: Astral Turkish waterpark sector with Number of employees: Chemical: Johnson Diversey the large-ride-time concepts, Year-round: 50 coupled with good manage- Chemical controllers: Johnson Seasonal: 220 Diversey ment, restaurants, events, Admission system: Electra Aqu Clientele (percent local vs. tour apark ist): Depends on years sports and recreation and Systems but average is tourist 45 percent vs. local 55 percent unique family resort model in Food/Equipment: Algida (Car te Future expansion plans: Reserved area in the World the world,” Altiparmak said. D’or); Hotel lot Coca Cola; Carlsberg To learn more about the Planned manufacturer: POLIN park visit: http://www.aqua- Livesaving Equipment: Water Safe ty Unique park programs: Staf f rete Products ntion programs or in-service programs: Lifeguard Certification Courses, fault.asp?lang=EN. Lifeguard Uniforms: Stern regular in-house training prog rams. Featuring... MOBILE SALES BARCODED AND CASHLESS SPENDING WRISTBANDS and much more... TICKETING CHARGE CARDS “It’s all for the IN-HOUSE & GIFT CARDS SEASON PASSES RESERVATIONS good of the kids” GROUP SCHEDULING ACTIVITY & FACILITY SCHEDULING RETAIL HANDHELD RETAIL INVENTORY Splash Pads • Playgrounds • Canopies FOOD & BEVERAGE E-COMMERCEPark Amenities • Water Slides • Service • Installation CLUB MANAGEMENT KIOSK FOLIO CHARGE Houston Area: 713-671-7352 Central Texas: 512-763-2986 800-351-0633(36 World Waterpark Magazine® MAY 2012