‘Wipeout’-themed Splashdown Waterpark Pattaya opens

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Pattaya-area tourists and residents can experience the thrills of the television show “Wipeout” at the new Splashdown Waterpark.

Located on Highway 36 near the Bira International race track in Pong, the “adult water park” offers nine attractions including the tallest inflatable waterslide in the world and the show’s signature “big red balls.”

Wipeout is a game show billed as the “world’s largest obstacle course” begun in the United States in 2008 that has seen 39 spin-offs in countries around the world.

Owner John Wrey (center), Michael French (center, left) and Lee Wrey (center, right), along with park staff welcome everyone to the new Splash Down Water Park Pattaya.Owner John Wrey (center), Michael French (center, left) and Lee Wrey (center, right), along with park staff welcome everyone to the new Splash Down Water Park Pattaya.

Spread over eight rai, the park was eight months in the making and also offers a restaurant, bar and gift shop. It is owned by Briton John Wrey and Yosita Phuangjampee.

Besides the balls, the large inflatable spheres over which people must traverse without bouncing into the water below, the park includes the Wall Racer, Big Blue, Blob, Slip and Slide, Zorb Mountain and the Square Runner.

Staff members take on the “Wall Racers”.Staff members take on the “Wall Racers”.

Most attractions are meant for adults, or “big kids” as park promotional materials call them. Zorb Mountain, however, is aimed at kids, with its shallow splash pool and dry areas.

Life jackets, helmets and rubber shoes are supplied for all park guests and lifeguards are plentiful.

Splashdown Waterpark is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are 500 baht each and kids under 10 enter free.

For more information, see SplashdownWaterparkPattaya.com.

The “Square Runner” is certainly a challenge.The “Square Runner” is certainly a challenge.

The park also has a restaurant, bar and gift shop.The park also has a restaurant, bar and gift shop.

The “Super Slider” is billed as the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide.The “Super Slider” is billed as the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide.

“Big Blue” is guaranteed to get your heart pumping.“Big Blue” is guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

There’s a slim chance of making to the other end of the “Big Red Balls”.There’s a slim chance of making to the other end of the “Big Red Balls”.