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Iowa park to open water coaster ride

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WATERLOO (AP) -- Construction is almost finished on a hydromagnetic rocket water coaster in Waterloo.

It's believed to be among the first of its kind in the country.

The coaster is called Wailua Kapua and will be located at Lost Island Adveturepark in Waterloo

Eric Bertch is the general manager at Lost Island. He says the ride should open next year, when a similar ride is also expected to open in Santa Claus, Ind.

The ride in Waterloo has sharp drops like water rides, but it also has portions that operate like a roller coaster that take it up hills. To get to the top of the coaster, riders will take a conveyor.

Bertch says only a handful of similar water coasters exist globally.

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