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Roaring Springs Water Park to add new $1 million ride — first of its kind in Northwest

New Double Flying Saucer water ride coming to Roaring Springs in 2020

Roaring Springs Water Park in Meridian plans to build a new $1 million water slide. The Double Flying Saucer ride will be ready for the 2020 season.
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Roaring Springs Water Park in Meridian plans to build a new $1 million water slide. The Double Flying Saucer ride will be ready for the 2020 season.

Next spring, butterflies will be in the air — and in stomachs at Roaring Springs Water Park.

The Meridian family attraction at 400 W. Overland Road plans to start construction on a new $1 million water slide after the park closes for the season next month.

The Double Flying Saucer won’t just cool off customers. It will offer a moderate, roller-coaster-style thrill that has won awards. The new ride should be ready to make a splash when Roaring Springs reopens in May 2020.

There are about 200 of these rides in existence, but this will be the first one in the Northwest, according to a news release.

The water slide “launches riders into a double corkscrew, banks into the first flying saucer with max acceleration, drops and dives into a second flying saucer with thrilling G forces” and, finally, “blasts into the final 180-degree turn.”

The new slide will be constructed between two current slides, Pipeline Mines and Mammoth Canyon Family Raft Ride.

Roaring Springs is holding a contest to win four season passes — and to be the first to hop on the exhilarating slide next May. Enter the “Name the Ride” contest by Sept. 15 at roaringsprings.com. Double Flying Saucer is the manufacturer’s moniker, but Roaring Springs plans to replace that with something locally created.

Season passes for 2019-20 also are on sale now. Opened in 1999, Roaring Springs is a huge summer attraction in the Boise area. It’s connected to Wahooz Family Fun Zone and Pinz Bowling Center.

The Double Flying Saucer is made by Proslide Technology of Ottawa, Canada, according to Roaring Springs, and will be assembled by The Russell Corporation of Boise.

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Entertainment reporter and opinion columnist Michael Deeds covers the Boise good life for the Idaho Statesman. He’s also freelanced for The Washington Post, Relix, Country Weekly, Velo News, Beer Advocate and more. Deeds began his Statesman career as a news intern in 1991, graduated to sportswriting, then ... here we are.
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