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

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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Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman, where he also has been a sportswriter, entertainment editor and features editor. Deeds co-hosts “The Other Studio,” a one-hour music show, at 8 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.