Ramaker to Engineer SlideWheel at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

Medusa, the first rotating waterslide in the Western Hemisphere, will open to the public in Summer 2022.


Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI, is officially installing WhiteWater’s SlideWheel. The park announced Medusa, the first SlideWheel in the United States, on their Facebook page last Friday, August 6, 2021. Ramaker is providing architecture and engineering services for the project.

The park’s deal with WhiteWater was initially announced at the IAAPA Expo in 2019, but construction plans were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mt. Olympus began construction on the waterpark attraction in July 2021.

A marvel of contemporary waterpark engineering, the SlideWheel is a four-person, raft-based slide that pairs the rotation of a Ferris wheel with the water-generated propulsion of a waterslide. The innovative ride has received a lot of attention for its novel design and impressive features. Despite its brief existence, it has already won the IAAPA Impact Award, the TEA Thea Award, and the WWA Leading Edge Award.

As of August 2021, only two SlideWheels have been installed outside of the United States, with one at Chimelong Water Park in Guangzhou, China, and one at Aquapark Reda in Reda, Poland. Chimelong Water Park’s SlideWheel was world’s first rotating waterslide. It opened to the public in 2018.

Ramaker’s extensive aquatic engineering and design portfolio has established the firm as a trusted partner of waterparks in the Wisconsin Dells and across the nation. The firm’s recent waterpark engineering work includes Tsunami Surge, the world’s tallest water coaster, at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Chicago and Tidal Wave, the Midwest’s first tailspin waterslide, at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Rockford.

Since 2005, Ramaker has been involved with every aquatic feature installed at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. The firm’s architectural and engineering teams look forward to continuing this long-standing relationship and delivering thrilling new experiences for park guests.

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