RAPIDS WATER PARK’S FOUR ORIGINAL SLIDES TO BE REPLACED WITH NEW RIDE COMING IN 2023
Rapids Water Park has been thrilling South Florida and tourists for 43 years. Old Yellar is the original ride that started it all and will soon be retired to make room for a new ride coming in summer 2023.
When The Rapids first opened on Memorial Day Weekend in 1979, it was 4-acres with Old Yellar, an attraction with four water slides coming down a man-made hill. The four yellow slides were designed and built to provide an attraction for guests staying at the Holiday Inn Campground that was located next door. They were one of the first fiberglass slides to be built in Florida. Patrons could rent mats and pay to ride by the hour. The park later added a miniature golf course and a shooting hoop attraction called Bank Shot. The park changed its name to Rapids Water Park and had its first major expansion in 1992 with the addition of a 25,000 sq. ft. Big Surf Wave Pool and quarter-mile Lazy River.
The park no longer has a miniature golf course or shooting hoops game and has since grown from 4-acres to over 35-acres featuring 42 slides and attractions making it South Florida’s largest water park.
Park guests can enjoy this beloved attraction with a Last Chance to Ride Old Yellar prior to it being dismantled after August 15th in order to make room for a new attraction coming summer of 2023.
No name or details have been released on the new ride yet but it will be the park’s biggest and most thrilling attraction to date.
“I started as a lifeguard at Old Yellar,” stated Rapids Water Park General Manager Bryan Megrath. “I’ve been with the park 40-years and have watched the park grow. We’ve had former staff who now bring their kids and grandkids to the park. It’s been an amazing journey to see how much Rapids has grown and to be a part of so many fun memories. That also means that sometimes an old, well-loved attraction must close in order for a new one to open.”
Rapids Water Park has had many notable guests over the years ride Old Yellar including Dwayne Wade, Zach Thomas, Demi Moore, and Johnny Depp when filming the motion picture film Donnie Brasco at the park with Al Pacino and Michael Madsen.