Thunder Falls Now Open at Everland Resort

Thunder Falls Now Open at Everland Resort

PGAV Destinations-designed Attraction Achieves New Records at Top Korean Destination

(St. Louis, MO – January 26, 2016) – Thunder Falls is one of the latest PGAV Destinations-designed attractions to open at the Gyeonggi-do Province, Korea-based Everland Resort.

Located in Magic Land, Thunder Falls replaces the site’s previous flume ride with a dynamic, higher-capacity attraction featuring a signature turntable and backwards drop. The rafting adventure showcases a reversing room, where riders enter backwards and shoot out facing forwards. This ride features a single tower where all of the ride’s lifts and drops converge, smartly using the hilly terrain. The flume itself was designed by Whitewater / Hopkins Rides, culminating in four new achievements for Everland: Korea’s first Back Drop, highest height of descent, longest waterway, and largest falling angle for a flume ride.

“It’s been a wonderful experience to work with the Everland team in creating this great new attraction,” said Jeff Havlik, VP at PGAV Destinations and lead design consultant. “We look forward to a great, continued partnership as we develop new attractions for millions of guests at the Everland Resort.”

See Thunder Falls in action!

About PGAV Destinations
PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now in its fifth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects. No other firm offers such an integrated approach to destination planning. 

PGAV’s key clients include industry leaders such as Delaware North Companies, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the Biltmore Companies, Bass Pro Shops, Ameristar Casinos, Universal Studios, The Gettysburg Foundation, the Saint Louis Zoo, and many others. Recent assignments include planning and design at many of the world’s “must see” destinations, including the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, the Georgia Aquarium, the Hoover Dam, and SeaWorld Adventure Parks.

About Everland Resort
Everland Resort includes six major destinations: Everland theme park, Caribbean Bay water park, Home Bridge nature-themed lodging facility, Speedway (Korea’s largest motor racing track), Glen Ross Golf Club, and the Hoam Art Museum and Transportation Museum. Since the opening in 1976, Everland has been a theme park providing a wide range of attractions and special events that can be shared with family, friends and couples. Such attractions include ‘Safari World,’ introduced in the 70s, the ‘Snow Sled’ in the ’80s, and ‘Caribbean Bay’ in the 90s, ‘Aesop’s Village’, along with ‘Lost Valley’ which in 2013.  Lost Valley is the only attraction in the world where visitors can connect with animals both on land and water.  The latter was the first Aesop-based theme park in the world which opened in 2005.

For five consecutive years Everland Resort has been awarded with the Innovative Operation Prize for Customer Satisfaction in the Republic of Korea. These awards have qualified Everland to be a part of the Customer Satisfaction Hall of Fame. In addition, Everland has been selected as the Top Enterprise in the Theme Park area by the Korea Standard – Service Quality Index (KS-SQI) for ten consecutive years (by the Korea Standard Association in 2009), and won the BIG E Award, given by The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) during the parade held in 2005. In January 2008, Everland was rated the 8th most influential brand out of 100 international brands by Brand Stock, a specialized company in charge of the evaluation of the brand values. Caribbean Bay won the Must See Waterpark Award, given by The IAAPA in 2008 and won the Executive Board Award, given by the World Waterpark Associates (WWA) in 2015.

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