Double Looping Water Slides!

The company that pioneered the first aqualoop water slide, Aquarena, have taken the concept further by doing double-looping water slides! As far as I have learned, there are at least three double-looping slides in the world; each one in Europe.
The first is the most popular for being the first double-looping slide ever built. The L2 at Wörgler Wasserwelt in Wörgl, Austria.
The second is called Pegasus II and is located at Kristall Palm Beach in Stein, Germany.
The last one, the Hurricane Loop, is located at Miramar in Weinheim, Germany.
They all look pretty intense! Would you dare drop in on any one of these slides?!

Review: Atlantis’ Aquaventure Water Park, Nassau/Paradise Islands, Bahamas

In case you don’t know or forgot, I went with family on a 3 day voyage onboard the Disney Dream cruise ship out of Port Canaveral, Florida, down to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. You can click here for a review of the ship and for Castaway Cay Island. In this post, I will be talking about the Atlantis Paradise Islands Resort and the Aquaventure water park.


On the third day of the cruise, I had woken early enough to see the ship slowly backing into it’s place at the docks facing the colorfully vibrant city of Nassau, Bahamas. Joining us later on was the Carnival Sensation cruise ship that docked on our side of the ship, and afterwards spotted the huge Norwegian Gem pulling into the opposite side of the ship.

On this day, we were a bit lazy and ended up getting our day off the ship started later than planned, giving us less time to do the things we wanted. Once we did get off the ship, we visited a few of the local buildings near the ship’s port to do some light sightseeing and speak with a couple of people we knew who worked within the area. By chance, one of those people were able to offer us a ride to the Atlantis resort, eliminating the need to walk or ride a ferry or hire a taxi. They were able to take us across the bridge which links the city part of Nassau to the Paradise Islands and dropped us off on the other side near the ferry’s drop-off point, and from there we did the long walk towards Atlantis.

The Atlantis resort is very closed-in (but free to walk through), and offers higher quality amenities like the many high quality shops offering name brand clothing and accessories, as well as a casino that is required to walk through if you’re heading towards the water park. The main floor within the hotel is very spacious and gives a sense of how wonderfully themed the entire resort is due to the heavy amount of artwork and sculptures located everywhere.

Finding the place to purchase daily tickets for the water park took quite some time as we had some trouble navigating the resort and eventually had to ask for directions. We were eventually led around a few corners and down a large flight of stairs to a desk that offered the wristbands for the water park and was able to make the trek out once we paid and were ready.

I should probably mention that the price for a single day non-guest adult admission to the water park is roughly the same price for a single day’s admission to Disneyland, so I would strongly suggest to anyone to plan ahead if they would ever like to consider making a visit to the water park and are not planning on staying at the resort. But with that said…


Atlantis Resort’s backyard water park, Aquaventure, is one of the highest ranked water parks in the world due to the sheer amount of theming found within every crack and crevice of this brilliant water park. The details come all the way down to the rock walls within the lazy rivers, to the intricate details inside the Mayan temple slide complex, to the dark atmosphere and sounds emitted within the Power Tower slide complex, to the many shark and manta ray tanks beside and around water slides and pools, to the incredible length and features of the action/rapids river, and so on. The level of detail within this water park makes this one of the highest detailed water parks in the world, among the ranks of parks like Aquaventure or Wild Wadi in Dubai, or Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida.

But its high ranking doesn’t end at its theming. The attractions located within the water park are some of the most exciting as well! Two of the park’s main complexes house slides that range from 3 action-packed master blaster slides, to four thrilling high speed body slides, to the water playground for kids, and to the smaller standalone body and inner tube slides within the Mayan Temple. This water park has plenty of slides for everyone to be able to enjoy, as well as many standalone pools and an enormously-long rapids river.

Starting with the park’s first and better-known slide complex, the Mayan Temple houses five water slides that ranges from beginner to extreme. Starting with the easiest slide: Jungle Slide is a lengthy slow body slide that starts about 1/3 of the way up the stairs leading to the top of the Mayan Temple and consists of a few easy left and right turns before dumping riders into a pool. Further up the stairs and completely hidden within the temple itself is the Serpent Slide, which is a dark enclosed inner-tube water slide that completes a few turns and helixes before emptying into a lazy-river like section within a long translucent box submerged within a shark tank so that riders can float forwards while seeing all types of sharks and mantas fly above and below them.

At the top of the temple sits the three speed body slides. Challenger Slide is dual speed slides that faces Power Tower and consists of an easy double-down (two drops) before splashing riders into a pool at the bottom. It’s a great transition slide for those who are trying to work their way to the more intense slides in the park. One of those intense slides includes the speed slide sitting opposite of Challenger Slide, the famous Leap of Faith. This is a 60 foot tall freefall body slide that drops off of one side of the Mayan Temple, and levels out before shooting riders at full speed through a translucent tunnel submerged within a shark tank and parallel to Serpent Slide’s tunnel. Riders on Leap of Faith also end beside Serpent Slide in the same pool.

The second and more outstanding complex goes to the Power Tower, which is a 121 foot tall tower that opened in 2008 themed to the Atlanteans’ need to generate electricity to power their city, and is complete with dark ambient noises of gears creaking and voltage hums being emitting from within. The slide complex houses four of the water park’s biggest slides, starting at the top with The Surge and The Abyss. The Surge is an inner tube master blaster water slide that consists of a high speed double-down before rocketing riders back uphill with the assistance of water jets propelling riders all the way, then they enter a tunnel to complete multiple helixes and turns before ending in its own river section. The river brings riders past water falls and rapid sections before spilling them out into the larger main rapids river.
The next slide located beside it at the top is a body slide longer, faster, and darker than Leap of Faith. The Abyss is a high speed enclosed body slide that begins with an initial 50 foot drop into darkness before re-emerging into light for a fraction of time, only to go back into darkness and drop further into the ground. A water curtain rains over the end of the slide, where riders are dumped into a pool inside a hidden underground cave next to tanks with alligator gars and other fishes that swim above.

Both The Abyss and The Surge water slides tend to take the lead with guests and visitors in being the favorites at Aquaventure.

 One level below the top sits two more slides that were only accessible via a conveyor belt that brought riders from the lazy river and into the tower (the stairwell that originally led to these slides was blocked off during my visit, possibly to control the flow of crowds). Once inside, you float in your tube down a slim lazy river to either one of two master blaster slides. The Drop starts riders with a 50 foot drop in total darkness before eventually re-emerging and shooting them up-hill via water jets to complete a few more turns and dumping riders into the river. The Falls begins riders with a similar drop, but not enclosed, before blasting them up two back-to-back uphill sections, completing a few turns, and dumping riders into the river as well.

The Current is the water park’s signature rapids river ride that takes riders in inner-tubes through a mile-long river filled with rapids, water falls, a wave machine section, and a conveyor belt lift somewhere along the way. This enormously long river is something necessary to be experienced because of the amount o distance you cover doing a single lap around the entire course, and the incredible theming around the edges and within tunnels. From this river, riders can enter a separate river (all without needing to get out of your tube!) that will take them to a conveyor lift that brings them into the Power Tower to board either The Falls or The Drop master blaster slides.

Aquaventure is an incredible water park that is highly recommended for anyone staying within the Nassau, Bahamas area. The park is complete with many standalone pools, a water playground, and plenty of bars and restaurants for dining and drinking. If you plan to spend any nights at the resort, then the entire water park comes complimentary with your stay. This is my second time coming to this water park, and out of all the water parks I’ve ever been to, this ranks as my second-favorite (behind the Aquaventure water park in The Palms, Dubai).
Because of the late start the morning while we were here, I only had about 3 hours to kill at the water park before we had to get back to the ship for our departure in the late afternoon. In that time, I tried to cover as much of the water park within 2 hours, and then take one whole hour to photograph the water park. The park was had a lot of people that day and I wasn’t able to reach every slide within that time, so I covered what I thought was necessary (including the rapids river, The Current). I documented my trip around the park in a video that was posted to the Water Slide Database YouTube channel, which you can view below!

Overall, I would highly recommend this quality water park to anyone interested in making a visit to it; especially to anyone planning a cruise that ports into Nassau, Bahamas.

Ratings for slides ridden (N/A= Unavailable):
Challenger Slide: 8/10
Jungle Slide: 6/10
Leap of Faith: 9/10
Serpent Slide: 8/10
The Abyss 9/10
The Drop: 8/10
The Falls: 8/10
The Surge: 10/10!

Overall Water Park Rating: 10/10!

Hurricane Bay POV videos (Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay’s water park)

For the past couple of months (as I tackle on a few college summer courses), I have made a few weekend trips to Kentucky Kingdom. From those visits, I’ve gathered some photographs and video of the park, and some tips on making the most of your visit. All will be posted in a review of the water park eventually. Until that time, feel free to enjoy the videos being posted to the Water Slide Database YouTube channel of the water park and the various slides within!

Furthermore, you can view more pictures and other tidbits of info about the park on the Water Slide Database website as well!

Enjoy!
-Marcus

Review of Disney Dream 3-day Cruise (Part 2 of 2)

(Note: A very photo-heavy report after the break!) 


Early the next morning, the ship docked at the private island, Castaway Cay. While the majority of people immediately went to shore, I spent half of the day on the ship, taking in the opportune time to try out the ship’s Aquaduck water slide multiple times thanks to the short (and sometimes nonexistent) line!

The Aquaduck is a water coaster built by WhiteWater West, and is the first water coaster to ever be put onto a cruise ship. After ascending the winding staircase, riders board a double-person inner-tube then are pushed onto the flume via a conveyor belt. From there, the slide does a small dip and enters the first glass section and performs a 270 degree helix to the left. Sliders then enter the first drop and are shot back uphill with water jets, cruise forward for a bit, then repeat it (along with an onride photo) before turning right and entering a enclosed starlight tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, riders make another right turn heading back towards the Aft side of the ship through a straight glass section. Once at the end, the slide dips again, makes a U-turn and comes to a close in the splashdown area where an lifeguard retrieves the raft to put in a lift to bring back to the top.

The slide itself isn’t anything overly thrilling, like those found on the Norwegian Breakaway ship, but the water coaster sections and the 765 foot length makes this slide pretty fun. If those aren’t enough, then the glass helix over the side and glass sections along the edges of the ship are enough to make it a pretty unique ride. Keep in mind that the height requirement for this slide is 54″ to ride alone, so those under that will have to find someone old enough to ride with them.
Soon, we ventured off-ship and onto Castaway Cay. A trolly took us on to the main part of the island where most people were around the beaches and in the water. Part of the beach includes the Pelican’s Plunge floating dock, which houses two body slides that require people to swim out to it (very deep water, but life vests are provided free of charge). The open flume slide has a longer course and consists of a few figure-eight turns, and the enclosed flume does a fast downward helix, both before dumping sliders right back into the water. The floating platform also has a miniature dump bucket and spray guns to aim towards targets placed on nearby rocks.

The main part of the beach was nice, with it’s white sand, free drinks and ice cream (like on the ship), and little touches of Disney theming here and there. There’s a lot of activities provided on the beach as well like snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, and even biking down trails that go deep into the island.

There was one part of the island that blew me away and required a separate trolly of its own. It took you down a lush trail before speeding down a long airstrip, coming to a stop at the opposite end to drop folks 18 years of age and older to a secluded corner of the island. This area included its own beach, plenty of cabanas and loungers, some hammocks, and a few stands to buy drinks at. What amazed me the most about this area was how the water was far more calm and somehow looked bluer than it did on the other location. For cruisers looking to get away from the crowds, this spot is definitely for them!

The next and last day was spent out at sea, slowly cruising towards Port Canaveral and not arriving until the following morning.


As I said in the first part of this review, this ship definitely impressed me with what it had to offer, plus the quality onboard the ship felt unmatched to any other ship I’ve been on. I felt that 3 days was almost plenty of time to take in what it had, but I wouldn’t mind doing the same cruise on a 4-day voyage so I would have more time to explore every aspect of the ship!

Ratings for slides ridden (N/A= Unavailable):
Aquaduck (Disney Dream Ship): 8/10
Pelican’s Plunge (Castaway Cay Island)(2): 7/10

Norwegian Breakaway Aqua Park Water Slides Review

Part of Norwegian Cruise’s newest fleets, the Norwegian Breakaway is one of the latest and most unique cruise ships ever built. Having first set sail in May of 2013, the Norwegian Breakaway has been making many voyages in and out of New York City to destinations such as Bermuda, Orlando, Nassau, and multiple private islands. The ship itself is decked out to give the appeal and atmosphere of New York City itself, with many shows, restaurants, bars, clubs, and other areas of the ship themed to the big apple.

Aquapark and Ropes Course from off of the ship Water Slides Overview
Ship Name Water Slides At Night

There’s plenty for guests to do once on the ship, but one of the most unique things one could ever do above the Atlantic Ocean is trying out the ship’s signature water slides. With five very impressive WhiteWater West brand water slides sitting above decks 16 through 18, the Aqua Park aboard the ship is one of the most unique you could find on any vessel out there! Ranging from the average small sized flume for those not ready to take on bigger slides yet, to the fast spiral of The Whip, to the thrilling first of its kind on a ship, Free Fall dual aqualoop water slides.

First, the family slide is the smallest water slide on the ship, and consists of an open flume figure 8-like layout before coming to the shutdown lane on deck 16. The slide is nothing special, though if one slides down it correctly, they can reach some impressive speeds and come flying high on the curves! This slide has the lowest height requirement, so little kids can enjoy it the most, while many of those who are tall enough can brave the more thrilling slides.

Family Slide Overview Family Slide At Night

The next couple of slides start many stories above deck 17 and has a very quick spiral all the way down. The Whip slides are two dual yellow and purple tunneled body slides that consist of a few left helixes downward, starting from opposite ends and meeting in the same area side-by-side with their own shutdown lanes. The turn on both slides become tighter the further down the slider goes, giving the illusion that one is significantly increasing speeds, but the feeling of pulling more g’s. This is especially noticeable in the purple flume due to it having a slightly longer course and the tightest radius near the bottom, allowing very impressive g’s to be reached for those that go down fast enough!

The Whip and other slides The Whip Shutdown Lane Night

The last of the slides is one of the tallest, fastest, most intense, and most spectacular on a ship. Free Fall are two dual aqualoop water slides, the first of its kind ever built on any cruise ship. The slide consists of a trap door beginning, where a countdown is given by a speaker in the capsule before the floor gives way and allows the sliders to come to a freefall start in the tunnel and reach very fast speeds, before rocketing up an upward incline (an angled loop) and coming to an end in the splashdown lane. These very fast water slides are definitely the most spectacular to ride, but also to watch due to the translucent tunnels that allow people on and off the ship to see riders go up the “loop” portion.

FreeFall FreeFall
FreeFall FreeFall
FreeFall

Oftentimes, people would valley on the slide (not make it all the way through the inclined loop) due to reasons that range from being too light, to wearing certain clothes, like shirts, that slow down the rider. (I, myself, have valleyed once on one of them) Luckily, the escape hatch at the bottom of the drop is left open so the slider can climb out and wait for an operator to come and get them from a platform before resetting the slide.

Along with the slides, there are two bars, multiple jacuzzis, and two pools for people to enjoy, plus an area for the very small children to play in with a small slide and large Spongebob Squarepants figures placed around.

Aquapark Slides Mix

The Aqua Park on the Norwegian Breakaway definitely has one of the most unique water park complexes ever built, especially considering the fact that it was placed on the top of a cruise ship. The best part is that plenty of fun can be had on it by not only kids, but teens and adults seeking something to satisfy their taste for extreme and thrilling. The Norwegian Breakaway is one of the only few ships that can offer this kind of experience in addition to sailing to the multiple ports offered.

Family Slide: 7/10

Free Fall: 9/10
The Whip: 8/10

Splash Adventure Review (June 30, 2012)

On June 30, I was able to make a visit to Splash Adventure water park in Bessemer, Alabama, with a college group I was with. While there, I also recorded POV videos of the water slides with prior permission from park management to do so. They even threw in an escort to get me through the lines quicker (and to let lifeguards know what I was doing). This allowed me to ride every slide at least once within an hour, and eventually leave me plenty of time to take photos.

Wildebeest Wildebeest Raft

Splash Adventure water park was previously known as Alabama Adventure amusement park which included not only the water park (which was known as Splash Beach at the time), but also a few roller coasters and other flat rides placed nearby. Management recently decided to close the amusement park side. Today, the amusement park side still stands with the towering Rampage wooden roller coaster standing off in the distance on the side of a hill, an S&S Space Shot closer to the park entrance, a Vekoma boomerang sitting at the side, and many more rides that are available for sale to other parks that may be interested in buying them.

Splash Beach (now known as Splash Adventure water park) is a nice medium-sized water park with a few water slides. It’s sizeable enough for a group to spend at least 4 hours within the park to experience enough of it (depending upon crowds). The collection of water slides at the park isn’t big, but it’s enough to have a fun time. There are two standalone body slides, four inner-tube slides, one WhiteWater West Boomerang slide, a water playground with two body slides, and a kids splash area. The park also has a wave pool near the entrance and a lazy river that circles the Salamander Bay kids area.

Wildebeest

The first water slide I rode was Upsurge. This was a WhiteWater West Boomerango water slide that sits past the wave pool on top of a hill, and it the first water slide you see when you are in the parking lot entering the park. It starts with an easy figure eight curve before dropping you towards the quarter-pipe wall and sending you and your partner backwards, up over a hill, and through a powerful water curtain. It doesn’t pull as much action as does half-pipe slides like ProSlide tornadoes do, but it is a pretty exciting slide for what it does.

This slide was also the most popular due to how it had the longest line in the water park during my visit.

The second slide to ride was Acapulco Drop, which was the park’s tallest water slide. Acapulco Drop is a standard freefall body speed slide, but this slide is much different due to it’s wider than usual sliding surface, the sharp downward turn into the drop making it feel like you are sliding off of a cliff-side, and the spectacularly abrupt end in the shut-down lane at the end. The slide is a great thrill, but can leave you a little sore after a few re-rides on it.

The water slide below it, and the third slide I rode, was the Splashdown body bowl slide. This slide starts with an easy and quick bank to the left as you plunge into the darkness of the tunnel. After that, you bank down even further and pick up speed, before giving a sudden right turn and shooting out into the bowl section where you swirl a few times before falling through the hole in the middle and into the 8ft deep splash pool.

It was a very enjoyable slide. The surface was a little rough on my back, but that didn’t keep me from re-riding it.

The next, and last slides were the Neptune’s Plunge water slides. These were four dark tunneled inner tube slides that wound around each other after beginning in the same station platform. They would complete a series of left and right banks and helixes before splashing into a pool at the end. This slide is a great choice for those who were too scared to ride any of the other thrilling slides in the park. Keep in mind though that the line for it may take a while. During my visit, the park only had one lifeguard sending riders for all four tunnels down one at a time, which seemed to lower the capacity the slide could have had.

Those were the only slides I experienced at the park, and were the only major rides in the water park aside from the water playground. The park also had dual zip lines and a brand new (and first of its kind in the world) water maze course, but I didn’t find the time to try either

The Aqua Maze course did look like fun though, and something I should try should I return here. It consisted of elevated bright blue and green walls that were placed so patrons would try to find their way through it. During the course, You would be handed a voucher that they would need to stamp at four separate locations within the maze so it would spell out “MAZE” once completed. While traversing through, guests would be bombed with water buckets from above their heads, and sprayed by watching patrons standing on the viewing platform, making this maze that much more worth trying out!

Splash Adventure, as a whole, does seem like a park where a group could spend a few hours relaxing, splashing on the slides, and trying out other water attractions. It is a nice clean park with nice park staff and a good collection of rides and attractions. For running it’s first year as a water park only, it does have plenty of potential to be come better.

I can only hope that the park puts in a new water slide someday, and I can highly suggest a family raft slide. Those slides are very popular with family and groups in other water parks, and would fit in greatly in this park.

Acapulco Drop: 8/10
Neptune’s Plunge (4): 7/10
Splashdown: 8/10
Upsurge: 8/10

Overall Water Park Rating: 7/10

Splashin’ Safari Mammoth Review (June 2, 2012)

Holiday World Panorama
I recently made a trip to Santa Claus, Indiana to attend the Holiwood Nights roller coaster enthusiast event at Holiday World. The event mostly consisted of exclusive ride times on the park’s most popular rides, including their three wooden roller coasters, Raven, Legend, and Voyage.
This event also included exclusive ride times on the park’s two (count it, two!) ProSlide Hydromagnetic water coasters: Wildebeest, and new for 2012 Mammoth.
Wildebeest Wildebeest Raft
Wildebeest Panorama
I’ve already written a short review of Wildebeest before, but I feel like giving another just to reiterate what was said before. Wildebeest was the park’s first water coaster, and was the world’s longest of it’s kind when it first opened. It first consists of an easy conveyor lift to the top of the hill while sitting in the green 4-person inline raft, which makes riding this slide easier for people who have difficulty climbing stairs and makes it much less of a hassle to get on the slide.
The lift ends when you are greeted by an operator at the top, and enter the tunnel with a flood of water that constantly pours in from the sides. Then the slide gets going and never stops until it reaches the end. It flies through the entire course at a very quick speed, sending riders down airtime-inducing drops and back uphill at speeds that would match a real roller coaster (hence the name “Water Coaster”). Once the slide reaches the end, it lands on a conveyor belt that brings the raft to a halt at a separate exit station for riders to disembark.
(The following POV footage was shot with the express written permission of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari management during a private event.)

Wildebeest is a hit with any roller coaster enthusiast who rides it, and it is definitely a must-ride if you ever visit the park. But of course, it’s not the only slide one must experience if they ever come here.

Sitting beside the Wildebeest is the newest water coaster to open at Splashin’ Safari for the year 2012. It stole Wildebeest’s record for being the longest water coaster on the planet, and absolutely dominates Wildebeest by its sheer size. With its size also comes a suitable name: Mammoth!

Mammoth Entrance
Mammoth is the park’s second ProSlide Hydromagnetic water coaster. It breaks a record by being the longest of its kind, and is the first of its kind to feature the new 6-person cloverleaf rafts. The rafts are just like the 4-person cloverleaf rafts used by select ProSlide raft slides. The difference is that it seats more people, does not have a hole where you can touch the surface of the flume through it, and the seats are a little bigger and more cozy to sit in.

Mammoth Mammoth Queue Line Mammoth Conveyor Lift
Mammoth starts with a conveyor lift up the hill side, with an operator to greet you at the top just like Wildebeest. Once you get going on this slide though, you are either facing forwards, backwards, or sideways depending upon where you sat. Another fun part about the round seating is that you get to rotate during the slide, which adds to the excitement.

Mammoth Mammoth Tunnel
Mammoth Panorama
Unlike Wildebeest, Mammoth doesn’t exactly speed its way through the entire course and it doesn’t pull any airtime on the hills (except for the fourth drop, which is angled at 45 degrees and can give a good scare for any riders going backwards!). What it does do is soak you with a ridiculous amount of water; more than Wildebeest! In some of the tunnels, the raft will pass through floods of water that completely soak every passenger on board. And when you reach the end, it gives a whitewater finale by ending in a small flowing river of water instead of on a conveyor belt like Wildebeest does.

(The following POV footage was shot with the express written permission of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari management during a private event.)

Mammoth is absolutely amazing to ride, and is beautiful to look at. Wildebeest will provide more thrills, but Mammoth is probably more fun to ride with friends because of how you are facing each other and how Mammoth has a higher capacity.

I was able to ride both of these slides once during the exclusive ride times (ERT’s). I wish I could have ridden them more, but I wanted to be able to take photos of both slides. Also, the water that morning was freezing! The air temperature during the ERT session was around 60 degrees (Fahrenheit), and the water was cooled the night before when temperatures were around 50 degrees. Don’t think that the water is like this all the time though. On normal warmer days, the water is pretty nice. Splashin Safari even has an app on their website to tell you how warm their water is.

Still, even with the frigid water that morning, everyone who rode Mammoth seemed to love it!

I’ll have to take another trip back to Holiday World later this summer so I can try Mammoth again when the water is warmer. I definitely can’t wait for that!

Mammoth next to Wildebeest

Six Flags White Water Trip Report

On Friday, August 12, I was able to spend some time at Six Flags White Water before I had to leave the Atlanta area for good. Due to a bad choice in what time I wanted to go there and traffic on the way to the water park, my day was shortened to exactly 1 hour. Within that hour I hit the water slides I wasn’t able to hit on my last visit last year.

This has to be the most intense water slide at White Water. Dragon’s Tail starts with a small dip followed by an easy cruise towards the next dip. Coming off the bigger dip, you hit an even bigger dip that forces you off the chute for a brief moment. Following that is a bigger, but less steep dip that forces you completely off of the slide for a brief moment. After landing back on the surface, you hit the pool pretty hard.

After that, I made my way to Black River Falls. This was the longest I waited that day. After waiting 30 minutes for an inner-tube, I head to the top to wait another 20 to get on the slide. It takes quite a while for the light to turn green and let the next slider down the chute. After the light does turn green and you start down the slide, you immediately enter a tunnel and hit a left turn helix. The water slide consists of multiple left and right turns in a pitch black tunnel filled with air holes punched out of the top of the slide. The slide also consists of jagged trims to slow down your inner tube along the course, and they can hurt if you do not lift your butt while riding! Soon the slide ends with a drop finale into the pool, where you disembark your tube and hand it to the awaiting rider.

Next in line was the Bermuda Triangle and Caribbean Plunge (which also meant I skipped Gulf Screamer, this was because Bermuda Triangle had a much shorter wait. Well get to Gulf Screamer soon.). Bermuda Triangle was practically a walk-on once you retrieved your double inner-tube. After climbing the stairs, getting on your tube and pushing off, you move slowly around one turn, take a dip and then complete a helix in the opposite direction. Along the course of this slide are a few trims as well to slow down your inner tube. Soon you go down another small dip and enter a tunnel where you make another complete helix in the opposite direction. Eventually you will exit the tunnel, go down a bigger dip and splash in the pool. Caribbean Plunge (Not Pictured) was a little more intense than Bermuda Triangle because of it’s very steep double-down drops. Both slides okay in my opinion, but none of the inner tube slides I rode this day were as good as Gulf Scream.

Gulf Scream was another inner tube water slide with a couple dips and many turns. What makes this slide stand out? It has wilder turns, no trims, and it ends shooting you outwards 3 feet above the pool! This slide has one of the most spectacular finales of any water slide I’ve seen. Being that you just came out of a turn and are still swinging left and right, you can hit the pool sideways causing you to fall out of your inner tube!

That was all for this day. The last slide I was able to hit before they closed the water slides and the entire water park was Dragon’s Tail for a second run. It’s now my favorite water slide in the water park!

As for the Flash Pass system? I think it would really sell at a water park like this. Lines usually get pretty long during peak seasons and a way to skip the lines would totally catch my eye. Today, though, was a very slow day. The longest I waited felt about 30-40 minutes (Black River Falls), at least 20 of those minutes were waiting for an inner tube. The Fastpass system for inner tube slides is that you get to go through a separate and obviously shorter line to get an inner tube, but then you will have to wait to get on the actual slide. For body slides like Dragon’s Tail, the normal line was big enough to have a rope split it into two; thus allowing Fastpass-ers to virtually skip the line.
I only saw one person use the fast pass system that day and it was for getting on Dragon’s Tail. I didn’t mind the Fastpass system that day since there was a smaller crowd, but on a busy day where lines back up all the way to the entrance, I would feel pressured to pay extra to use the system. I’m not saying that I dislike the Fastpass system or how Six Flags uses them, I think they are very useful when you don’t want to wait in long lines. I will try the system one day just to see how much of a difference it can make on a busy day.

Updated Ratings:

Water Slide Ratings (N/A = Not Available)(* = Updated/Changed)

100-Meter Splash: 6/10
Bahama Bob Slide: N/A
*Bermuda Triangle (2): 7/10
*Black River Falls (2): 5/10
Bonzai (2): 6/10
*Caribbean Plunge: 6/10
Cliffhanger: 9/10
*Dragon’s Tail: 8/10
*Gulf Coast Screamer (2): 8/10
Lizard’s Tail: N/A
Mutiny Chute: N/A
Rapids (2): 8/10
Run-A-Way River: N/A
Tree-Slide Body Flume (3): 6/10
Tidal Wave (2): 6/10
Tornado: N/A



Other Rides/Attractions
Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool: 7/10
Buccaneer Bay: N/A
Little Hooch River: 6/10
Tree House Island: N/A

*Overall Water Park Rating: 9/10

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Walt Disney World’s Blizzard Beach Review

Blizzard Beach Mount Gushmore Sign

The story behind this water park is that a snowstorm hit Orlando and allowed a ski resort to be built. Soon the sun came out and the snow started melting, giving the opportunity for management to find use of the water flowing down the chutes, pipes, and slopes. Long story short, it re-opened as a water park!

 

Blizzard beach Entrance Sign Blizzard Beach Alligator Building Crash
Blizzard Beach Overview Blizzard Beach Chairlift
   Walt Disney World’s Blizzard Beach water park is one large iconic artificial mountain containing dozens of heavily themed water slides and rides. Blizzard Beach is, of course, themed to a melting ski resort with snow and snow related scenery found everywhere, including a fully operational chairlift to the top. The park also features different sections of the mountain as “slopes” (Green, Purple, and Red slopes). The water park is hard to miss when you are driving near it since the mountain has an elevation of 90 ft., and one of the world’s tallest water slides sits 30 feet higher on top of it.

Blizzard Beach Mount Gushmore Blizzard Beach Summit Plummet
Blizzard Beach Summit PlummetBlizzard Beach Chairlift
Summit Plummet is the park’s most notorious water slide and can be seen from almost anywhere inside and outside of the water park. Summit Plummet is the United States’ tallest freefall body slide, and one of the tallest freefall slides in the world. Riders simply scoot themselves towards the edge until gravity pulls them up to speeds of over 50 mph. The slide experience is like any other freefall slide, but it’s height and the theming around this slide helps it stand out above others.

Blizzard Beach Slide Sign Blizzard Beach Summit Plummet
Blizzard Beach Green Slope Wait Times
 Beside it would be the Slush Gusher speed slide. This water slide isn’t as famous as Summit Plummet, but it provides a slightly bigger punch with it’s three drops that provide a comfortable amount of airtime. Depending upon how heavy you are and how fast you are moving will depend on if you actually come off of the slide on the third drop.

Blizzard Beach Downhill Double Dipper Blizzard Beach Purple Slope Wait Times
The Downhill Double Dipper water slide is a double-drop inner-tube slide. This water slide is mostly known because of the speed it picks up on the two drops and the splashes created at the pool area. The slide also uses a system where riders do not have to push themselves towards the edge to go, but instead rest on a stopper that releases that and the other rider at the same time so they can race. This ride is fairly popular and has a slower loading capacity compared to the other slides, so you can find yourself waiting about 30 minutes to ride.

Blizzard Beach Toboggan Racers Blizzard Beach Snow Stormers
Blizzard Beach Toboggan Racers Blizzard Beach Purple Slope Sign
Toboggan Racers and Snow Stormers are the park’s two belly mat water slides. Toboggan Racers is an 8-lane mat racer slide with three drops. The drops are pretty large so you pick up good speed, but they are not as steep as other mat racers. Because of the slide’s shortness, I wouldn’t say that the slide is as exciting as the other slides in the water park. Snow Stormers on the other hand is a little more exciting because of it’s slalom-style flume. This mat slide has three lanes that repeatedly go left and right and has a few small drops to help pick up speed. This slide is a little more exciting and usually has a shorter wait than Toboggan Racers.

Blizzard Beach Runoff Rapids
Runoff Rapids are three normal inner-tube water slides that sit behind Mount Gushmore. Two are open-flume slides and one is an enclosed-flume. The slides are just like any other inner-tube slide, but these slides last longer than average because of it’s higher starting area. The open-flume slides can only be used with double tubes and the enclosed-flume can only be used with the single tubes, so you will need a partner if you want to ride the open-flume slides.

Blizzard Beach Inner Tubes and Raft Mickey Blizzard Beach Overview
Blizzard Beach Teamboat Springs Overview Blizzard Beach Teamboat Springs Sign
Teamboat Springs is a very long family raft slide that also acts as a slalom with it’s long left and right S-bend turns into a final U-turn into a small lazy river section. This water slide also starts at the top of Mount Gushmore and works it’s way to the bottom. One great fact about this slide is that the rafts are large enough to fit 6 people at a time, and the slide’s loading capacity is very fast because of it’s continuous conveyor belt moving the rafts at the top.

Blizzard Beach is an amazing water park that is known in many places around the world and attracts people from around the world as well. But with this much popularity, you can expect lines to be pretty long for many slides. I myself had to wait well over an hour to get on Summit plummet and couldn’t bother getting in line for Slush Gusher because of the limited time I had in the park. Fortunately, this was the only problem I saw with the park. Everything else about the water park was great, especially the fact that there were sprinklers placed all over the water park to cool the hot ground from scorching people’s feet in the hot Florida weather.

Blizzard Beach is one of the many must-dos if you are visiting Walt Disney World for a few days. It is one of the amazing parks to be experienced with your family and friends. The next time I return, I’ll be sure to pay a visit to Walt Disney World’s other water park, Typhoon Lagoon.

Blizzard Beach Slope Sign
Sign pointing to different slopes.

Water Slide Ratings (N/A= Not Available)
Downhill Double Dipper (2): 7/10
Runoff Rapids (Enclosed): 7/10
Runoff Rapids (Open)(2): 6/10
Slush Gusher: N/A
Snow Stormers (3): 7/10
Summit Plummet: 9/10
Teamboat Springs: 7/10
Toboggan Racers: 6/10
Ski Patrol Training Camp (Area contains multiple unnamed water slides): N/A

Other Rides/Attractions

Blizzard Beach Cave
A cave leading towards Purple and Red slopes.

Chairlift: N/A
Cross Country Creek (Lazy River): 8/10
Melt-Away (Wave Pool): N/A
Tike’s Peak: N/A

Overall Water Park Rating: 9/10

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