Kalahari Resort in Sandusky debuts waterslide/video game combo

November 17, 2017 GMT

Kalahari Resort in Sandusky debuts waterslide/video game combo

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Kalahari Resort is upping its game in Sandusky, with a new ride that combines waterslides with video gaming technology.

The ride, Storm Chaser, debuted this week at the indoor waterpark, and features high-tech rafts that allow riders to shoot at targets as they descend.

“The object of the game is to hit targets to collect points, while maintaining your speed,” according to a resort press release.

Brian Shanle, general manager of Kalahari, said the resort reconfigured two existing slides to create Storm Chaser, a $1.3 million investment. It’s the first in the Kalahari resort chain, and one of just a handful in the United States.

The ride uses new rafts, called slideboards, equipped with color-coded, light-up buttons on the sides. As riders descend, lights inside the slide tunnels illuminate: To accumulate points, riders hit the same-color buttons when the targets light up.

Riders must first register their ride at a kiosk, and can rack up points every time they slide. They also can choose a level of difficulty for the game and a style of music.

According to the resort: “Cutting-edge motion tracking allows for more points to be scored based on the player’s accuracy and proximity to the targets when intersected.” A smartphone app allows riders to check the status of their score even after they’ve left the park.

Admission to the waterpark is included with an overnight stay, which start at about $110. Day passes to the park are also available, starting at about $50.

Storm Chaser Broll Extended - Kalahari Resort, Sandusky Ohio from Kalahari Resorts on Vimeo.