Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center has beefed up its Cypress Springs Water Park with a double FlowRider and three new water slides.

The $4.2 million in renovations is the latest in the Central Florida race to keep up with the newest water park technology. Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay water park opens May 25th as a replacement for Wet ‘n Wild, the area’s oldest water park which closed in December.

Cypress Springs Water Park added three new waterslides including a 35-foot drop and flatline loop on the Florida Free Fall slide. Hotel officials say it is the tallest AquaDrop slide at any hotel resort.

Riders can race against each other in dual body flumes in the new Tamiami Twister. The FlowRider, called the Wake Zone, simulates surfing waves on a body board. The water park also features a zero-entry swimming pool, multi-level tree house playground and racing slides.

“We’re always seeking new ways to improve our entertainment offerings for our guests,” said Johann Krieger, the resort’s general manager, in a press release. “We know that in the Orlando market, visitor expectations are high and our resort intends to not simply meet those but to exceed them.”

The Gaylord Palms FlowRider will be featured during the 2017 FLOW Tour USA on May 6, the only stop in Florida.

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