Aquatica's Ray Rush attraction

Construction on Aquatica’s new family raft ride reached new heights with the installation of one of the attraction’s marquee features.

Early Wednesday morning, a colossal 12,000-pound fiberglass sphere was hoisted into place, giving park goers a first look at what their spring visit to Aquatica has in store. Towering 60 feet above the park’s entrance, groups of four riders will swirl up and down the sides of the sphere walls as part of the 508-foot slide experience.

Ray Rush opens spring 2018. For more information, visit