World’s first Dream Tunnel™ receives first place in Water Park Ride/Attraction category


Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer and world leader in water attractions, today announced that Dream Tunnel™ has received a 2022 IAAPA Brass Ring Best New Product Exhibitor Award. The world’s first fully immersive aquatic attraction, which offers guests a dream-like adventure, won first place in the Water Park Ride/Attraction category for products under $2 million.


Named for the rings given to carousel riders at the first amusement parks, the IAAPA Brass Ring Award symbolizes achievement. And the Awards specifically recognize attractions industry excellence within the last year. In the Water Park Ride/Attraction category, esteemed judges evaluate criteria such as originality, quality, and innovation of the product, benefit to the prospective buyer, and feedback received.


Cropped image of Brass Ring trophy


Combining water, art, and technology, Dream Tunnel™ pushes the boundaries of water attractions, and thanks to Vortex’s innovative interactive technology, no two adventures are the same. Each ride provides a unique sequence of colorful images, enriching sounds, and sensory experiences that guests will want to relive over and over.


After launching the innovative water attraction at IAAPA Expo 2021, Super Aqua Club (SAC), a water park in Pointe-Calumet, Quebec, Canada, approached Vortex to design and build the first Dream Tunnel™. It was an opportunity to transform their existing lazy river into a fully immersive aquatic attraction suitable for visitors of all ages. Inaugurated in July 2022, SAC re-branded the attraction as The Zephyr River, a unique floating journey through a magical jungle. The new and improved lazy river has captivated park guests and generated significant buzz through local and national news channels and social media.


SAC guests in Dream Tunnel


“We are so honored to be recognized for bringing something truly unique to the water park industry,” said Stephen Hamelin, president and CEO of Vortex International. “Every team member has worked hard to bring the Dream Tunnel™ vision to reality. We look forward to collaborating with parks worldwide on future installations.”


Vortex team at Dream Tunnel booth


The IAAPA 2022 Brass Ring Awards winners were acknowledged during a special Awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.


More information about Dream Tunnel™ is available here.