SoundSurfer Redefines Waterslides


Zoombezi Bay becomes the first water park in America to feature an outdoor slide with built-in light shows and a personalized sound system as it reveals the SoundSurfer.

Dubbed “The King of Beats,” the SoundSurfer is a modified version of Zoombezi Bay’s longest slide, formerly known as the Tahitian Twister. Now, thrill-seekers can enjoy 512 feet of acceleration drops and vortex loops while soaked in a kaleidoscope of colors and while jamming out to Beyoncé, Skrillex, Florida Georgia Line, Ellie Goulding, Johnny Cash and other popular artists. Riders have an opportunity to select their preferred musical genres from a push button panel.

“Being the first slide in the country to deliver a personalized light show and jam session, the SoundSurfer is going to take the water park experience to a whole new level,” said John Gannon, senior vice president of guest services and business strategy. “People aren’t just going along for the ride anymore, they are truly becoming sound surfers.”

The slide accommodates two to five people per ride, and offers eight musical options of the riders’ choosing. The genres include:

  • Rockin Rafts: Featuring AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Kid Rock, Motley Crue and Metallica
  • PopParadise: Featuring Taylor Swift, DNCE, Ellie Goulding, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga
  • New Wave Country: Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney
  • Rave Rider: Featuring Skrillex, LMFAO, Martin Garrix, Galantis, DJ Snake/LilJohn
  • Hip Hop Drop: Featuring House of Pain, Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars, Beastie Boys, Will Smith/DJ Jazzy Jeff, Beyoncé
  • Beach Party: Featuring The Surfaris, The Beach Boys, The Trashmen, Jimmy Buffet
  • Random Beats: Featuring Republica, Rage Against the Machine, Tag Team, Johnny Cash, Ozzy Osbourne
  • Tahitian Twister: Featuring storm, wind and wave sound effects

Riders must be 48 inches tall to ride, or 42 inches tall if accompanied by an adult. The SoundSurfer is included in admittance into the water park. Gold Memberships and Season Passes are available for purchase online, and include free parking and entry for the 2016 season. All tickets to Zoombezi Bay include free entry into the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Also new at Zoombezi Bay this year is the lineup of Dive-In Movies – an outdoor theatre experience at the wave pool. This year’s feature films, which are presented on select Fridays, include: “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” on July 8, “The Peanuts Movie” on July 15, “Home” on July 22, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” on July 29, and “Minions” on Aug. 5. More information about Dive-In Movies can be found on Zoombezi Bay’s Calendar page.

The water park offers promotions to get the most out of a visit, including ZOOMPASS, which is a digital reservation system that holds guests’ places in line while they enjoy other areas of the park.

Season Pass holders can enjoy benefits and savings, including a $5 discount on ZOOMPASS and the opportunity to bring up to two friends for only $12.99 each on any Monday or Wednesday.

Discounts on season passes and daily admission are available when purchasing online.

Zoombezi Bay is a 22.7 acre water park that features a new multi-level play structure, 17 state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and more. The 2014 Theme Index and Museum Index, a publication of the Themed Entertainment Association, recognized Zoombezi Bay as having the largest percentage increase in attendance for any water park in North America. Admission to Zoombezi Bay includes the Columbus Zoo and proceeds from the water park support the Zoo’s operation and mission.

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