YORKVILLE, IL — Raging Waves in Yorkville will unveil its newest attraction Monday, a six-lane mat racing water slide, according to a Wednesday news release. The new attraction, Aussie Mat Dash, will be located at the south end of the park, near The Boomerang, Cyclone and other Raging Waves favorites, the company announced in a news release Wednesday. With only two other such slides installed in the world, Raging Waves continues to grow thanks to this new attraction that will allow six riders to race side-by-side in tunnels to the bottom, according to the news release.
Appropriate for riders 42-inches tall or above, the Aussie Mat Dash will feature almost 2,500 feet of combined slides, with each slide being 400 feet in length, the news release said.
Raging Waves, located at 4000 N. Bridge Street, is the state’s largest water park dedicated to family fun for all ages. The water park reopened on July 11 in accordance with state and local guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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“We are thrilled to open our newest water slide to our guests this month,” Raging Waves Co-Owner Randy Witt said, in the news release. “As a family owned and run business, our entire Raging Waves team is proud to continually provide the opportunity for friends and families to make memories each summer. Bringing our total waterslide count to 32, the Aussie Mat Dash is the perfect ride for guests to embrace their competitive side and race together! With state and federal approval to operate during these unprecedented times, we look forward to serving each of our guests with the upmost care and opportunity for safe, family-friendly entertainment, as we do every summer.”
The new Aussie Mat Dash is a Proslide RallyRACER™ attraction that is changing the racing game at water parks across the world with RallyPOINTS™ technology, the news release said. With engineered RallyPOINTS™, each rider seamlessly speeds through a fast spiral beside their fellow racers and can track their progress as they go in and out of open and closed-slide areas along the way, the news release said.
According to the news release, Raging Waves, which is known as one of the cleanest water parks in the world, will ensure staff and guest health, well-being and comfort by requiring all those who enter the park to first pass a health screening upon arrival.
All guests must also wear face coverings when not taking part in swimming activities and when a safe physical distance of six feet or more is not possibly maintained, including while in entry, restroom and restaurant queues, the company added.
The Raging Waves staff, including an increased cleaning crew, has gone through enhanced cleanliness training, while plenty of sanitation stations will also be available throughout the park for guest and staff frequent use, the news release said.
According to the company, Raging Waves has also changed the following policies:
Raging Waves will allow filled personal water bottles inside the park and will not offer water fountains or refills.
Mobile ordering will be available at the Shark Bite Café via Raging Waves’ app to allow for guests to order at their table and maintain personal space
Locker room use and capacity will be limited for maximum safety
Only clear bags will be allowed in the park, with standard bag check rules in place upon arrival.
Raging Waves’ hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Advanced reservations are required for all guests before visiting and all members of the party must enter the park as a group, the news release said.
Reservations may be made online and general admission is $34.99 each for adults and children, while admission for infants up to 23 months are free. Parking vouchers may also be purchased in advance online or upon arrival.
For more information or to purchase Raging Waves tickets, visit RagingWaves.com
or call 630-882-6575.
This article originally appeared on the Yorkville Patch