May 30, 2013 3:21 pm

‘Aqua Twist’ guarantees family fun at LaRonde

MONTREAL – A whirlwind of colour and an aquatic battle between boats and onlookers, LaRonde’s newest ride, the Aqua Twist, is a guaranteed way to get completely soaked this summer.

The water ride is the latest addition to LaRonde’s almost 40 attractions and the first of it’s kind in North America.

“Passengers can spray water towards other passengers but also bystanders,” said Catherine Tremblay, the PR manager for LaRonde.

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“We have water pistols all around the ride so bystanders can also stop by and spray water at people in the ride.”

Aqua Twist was the brainchild of Mack, a German company specializing in theme park rides.

Tremblay said that adding the ride was part of a commitment made by the park’s owner, Six Flags, to improve the quality of its parks.

“The very first passengers are 54 little sailors,” she said. “They kindly accepted to be the very first passengers here today to try Aqua Twist.”

“I’m excited because we are the first group,” said Claudia Brunet-Bourbeau, one of the first to try the ride.

The ride has nine boats with six passengers each. After boarding, the floor of the ride disappears and is covered in water.

But don’t think you’re safe if you’re just watching.

Each rider has a water pistol so that they can spray each other and the pistols can pivot to spray everyone.

“It was so cool!” exclaimed one youngster as the ride ended.

“Really cool, I loved it!” added another.

One of the reasons the Aqua Twists is so unique is that it lets parents get in on the fun, which is a great attraction for families looking for a fun outing.

“The parents with the children I think it’s more interesting,” said Sophie Piché, who went on the ride with one of her children.

“You try to hide but they catch you from the back,” laughed Carine Doiron. “But it’s pretty fun, a lot more interesting with the parents in.”

Laronde opens its doors for the summer on May 31st. It is the largest amusement park in Eastern Canada.

© Shaw Media, 2013

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