Soaky Mountain Waterpark officials have just announced that they will be debuting a brand new ride for their 2022 season.
Soaky Mountain is Sevierville’s new landmark 50-acre waterpark. It originally opened in 2020 as part of the Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks family.
And at just two years old, they already have their eyes on expansions and upgrades to the park.
The latest announcement comes in the form of a new high-speed dueling water coaster. The coaster is set to debut in the summer of 2022.
Unlike traditional water slides, water coasters allow riders to travel both downhill and uphill. Water coasters usually are powered by a series of jets and a propulsion system.
This will be Soaky’s second water coaster. Their original, “Avalaunch“, debuted in 2020.
The new coaster has been named “The Edge”.
“Our new water coaster, fittingly named, ‘The Edge’ is going to be a showstopper,” said Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark. “It will be perched on the edge of our waterpark, and span two football fields in length.”
“It’s fusing together WhiteWater’s Master Blaster water coaster with their iconic Boomerango. But, we are not adding just one slide, we are doubling it for a dueling thrill!”
A 70-foot tower will also be built to accommodate the new slides and ride queues.
Double tubes will be located on each side of the tower creating two “lanes” for riders to race.
What we know so far about the ride
Riders will be propelled down a three-story mega-drop that leads to the first valley. Then, they will be blasted uphill into a section featuring a kaleidoscope of colors.
Notably, Soaky Mountain is famous for their use of sunlight-powered color effects on their waterslides and tubes.
“Riders are sure to be mesmerized by the coaster’s AquaLucent rings designed into the tube segments,” adds Andrews.
“The distance between the rings will get closer and closer giving riders an appearance of acceleration.”
A second uphill blast takes riders into another enclosed tube segment. The inside of the tube features colorful, laser-like AquaLucent stripes.
The stripes start longer and then become shorter as the ride progresses. This special effect gives riders a sense of sci-fi speeds as they progress into another turn.
When the riders shoot out of the tube, they will see two imposing Boomerango walls before dropping to the base of the wall, feeling extreme Gs.
As the momentum takes the riders up the parallel walls, they will be able to see their competitor. They will also feel a sense of weightlessness before sliding back down.
Finally, riders go over a zero-G hump to the end of the ride.
The finish line will be stacked with lights and effects to indicate who won and who went over “The Edge”.
“The Boomerango is loved the world over, but our guests will be treated to a very special version of it that has never done before,” said Andrews.
“Our Boomerango walls are being designed to make the riders feel like they are going off the edge of the coaster. It is going to be spectacular.”
Also new for 2022 at Soaky Mountain
Finally, Soaky is also expanding the decking in two areas to create more lounging space for guests.
The expansion was inspired by guest recommendations.
The new decking will add 1,000 new seating options to the park.
Additionally, the waterpark is adding large umbrellas to increase shade.
About Soaky Mountain Waterpark
Soaky has many exciting rides. For example, other attractions at Soaky Mountain include:
- Avalaunch, a watercoaster with four flying saucer features that create a drop-and-dive sensation and a wave curved wall.
- Soaky Surge, a massive, 35,000 square foot wave pool with 6-foot waves.
- Black Bear Rapids, a 24,000 square foot adventure river.
- The Hive, a bee-themed play-and-spray feature with for younger children.
- Boomers Bay, a kid activity pool area with smaller versions of the adult-size towering slides including Lil’ Rattlers and Mini Mayhem.
- An Adventure Pool with a water obstacle course.
- A 3,800 square foot flat-water cabana pool for relaxing poolside.
- Hang 10essee, a double FlowRider®️ surfing simulator.
Other rides include two five-person raft rides, a tubing tower with five flumes, two high-intensity body slides and a four-lane head-first mat racing challenge.
Additionally, some of the slides feature translucent tubes which create a swirling array of light effects. Others are themed in colors like Rainbow’s Revenge and American Racer’s Rush.
Season passes for 2022 are on sale now at SoakyMountainWaterPark.com.
Soaky Mountain is located at 175 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville, Tenn.
Have you been to Soaky Mountain Waterpark? Are you brave enough to ride “The Edge” water coaster in 2022? Let us know in the comments below.