Truly Hydraulic Accessibility

Readers of EW History columnist Dr. Lee Gray will know that hydraulic elevators used to use water instead of oil. This unique installation at Hawaii’s Grand Wailea Resort takes that a step further, pumping 25,000 gallons per minute to make a platform float for several people. In the video above, the “What’s Inside” YouTube channel gets the VIP tour of the water park’s water elevator.

The inception of what Interesting Engineering calls “the world’s only water elevator” came out of the owner’s desire for accessibility for his son, so he could use the water park. What’s not to love about that?!

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