KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The Riptide Raceway, the longest mat racing water slide in the Midwest, debuts next summer at Oceans of Fun water park.

It is the first thrill attraction added to the water park since 2013 when Oceans of Fun and Worlds of Fun were conjoined.

Construction will begin this fall after Oceans of Fun closes for the season.

Riptide Raceway

The family-friendly ride has been designed to follow the natural terrain of the park’s landscape, and is the first thrill attraction added to the water park since 2013 when Oceans of Fun and Worlds of Fun were conjoined. 

The attraction will take guests five stories high before they speed down four side-by-side tunnels atop a soft foam mat. Riders in each lane will race more than 476 feet to be the first to reach the finish line as they make the journey down a winding hillside, around a tight 360-degree loop and through a rapid final descent before splashdown.

“With its thrilling twists and competitive elements, Riptide Raceway is sure to be an instant fan-favorite,” said Tony Carovillano, Worlds of Fun’s vice president and general manager. “We’re constantly looking for new ways to delight our guests, whether it’s an event like the international street festival Grand Carnivale that debuted this summer, to great new dining venues, and now this exciting water park attraction. Our collection of rides, slides, and immersive events provides a complete lineup of family entertainment that’s unmatched in the region.”

Riptide Raceway is being designed and manufactured by WhiteWater.

It will replace Diamond Head, one of the park’s original water slides that opened in 1982.

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