Adventure Island to Open Brand New Record-Breaking Waterslide, Solar Vortex, on March 14

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Adventure Island kicks off its 2020 season on Friday, March 13, with the opening of Solar Vortex, a record-breaking water slide. It’s America’s first dual tailspin water slide. In preparation for the park’s opening, Brandon Thom, Adventure Island’s new Vice President, is sliding into his role with a “ride of passage” on the newest attraction. The ride will open to the public on Saturday, March 14.

“Adventure Island is heading into its 40th splash-filled season and we couldn’t be more excited to kick-off 2020 by adding America’s first dual tailspin water slide to our portfolio of slides,” said Thom. “As a family raft slide, Solar Vortex packs a bigger thrill than I was expecting – the high speed generated by the tailspin feature really amps up the ride journey. Along with Adventure Island’s many slides, pools, and splash zones, Solar Vortex is sure to make 2020 our best season yet.”

Solar Vortex debuts new water slide elements unlike any other attraction at Adventure Island. The high-thrill family raft slide combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features. Solar Vortex will also include three dynamic AquaLucent™ elements – harnessing the power of the Florida sun into colorful patterns that shine through the slide as riders reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

Courtesy of Busch Gardens/Adventure Island

NEW Exclusive Pass Member Preview

Adventure Island Pass Members get the EXCLUSIVE first chance to preview the new ride when the park opens for the season on Friday, March 13. Only Pass Members can experience Solar Vortex by presenting their ID and Pass at the park entrance. If you haven’t gotten one yet, go to to buy a pass NOW!  The ride will open to the public on Saturday, March 14.

New for the 2020 season, guests can purchase an All-Season Quick Queue Unlimited, granting unlimited priority access to the major slides, including Solar Vortex. Go to to get your All-Season Quick Queue Unlimited NOW!

Fans can learn more about new events, special deals and future announcements by following Adventure Island’s social media channels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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