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Trip Report: Holiday World Splashin Safari (August 31, Hyena Falls Review)

Having not been able to visit Holiday World earlier in the year, I was able to find an opportune time to make a drive up on Labor Day weekend. This would be a particularly short visit since I wanted to be out of the park and driving before sundown, so I made sure to hit the essentials immediately.
Upon arriving and getting in to the park, I made my way to the lockers where I would place my belongings (including camera), then made a bee-line straight to Hyena Falls. If you’re not familiar with the layout of Holiday World, then you should probably know that the walk to there can be, admittedly, quite lengthy. On your way there, you pass a wave pool, two water play structures, a world class wooden roller coaster (Voyage), and an Intamin shoot-the-chutes (Giraffica, previously called Pilgrim’s Plunge).

Eventually you make it to a more quiet corner of the amusement park where the new ProSlide complex was placed, along with a small splash and fountain area for smaller children, a new large restroom stall, an extra Dippin’ Dots stand and a roofed area containing free Pepsi drink stalls and a pretzel stand. The area was fairly quiet upon arrival considering it was far from most of the other water slides in the park, but as the day went on, people began to migrate more towards it and that’s when the lines really filled up.
So how about the new slides?

Hyena Falls is yet another water slide complex built by ProSlide company for Holiday World Splashin’ Safari. On the lower deck are three enclosed inner tube slides named Chuckles, Giggles, and Tee-Hee. The slides vary in having helixes or regular turns, but each one has a section that has riders coming out of an enclosed section and down a dip to gain a bit more speed before coming back into a tunnel. They’re fairly short, but can pick up some fair speed when riding with a partner.


On the upper deck sits a specialty slide, the new ProSlide Wave named Laughs. This particular slide is longer than the three previous ones, and has a larger tunnel to accomodate ProSlide’s special two-seater whirly wheel inner tubes and larger single-person inner tubes. It begins with an s-bend curve before coming down a fast drop into the slide’s main centerpiece, which is a halfpipe element that is completely rounded to give a smooth, zero-gravity experience when riding up and down the wall. The exit from the element did have minor jarring due to the inner tube riding over rough waters at the bottom and coming quickly towards the edge of the flume before slowing down, but nothing to cause any discomfort from the floating sensation one receives on this slide in particular.
All four slides make a very nice addition to the park’s already impressive lineup, especially with Laughs. I was able to try each of them at least once (Laughs twice) before going back to the water park and re-riding other slides.
Right after Hyena Falls, I was able to hop in the single rider’s line for the park’s largest Hydromagnetic Water Coaster, Mammoth, and had an experience on it that definitely beat my first time on it (when the water was freezing cold)! It’s safe to say that the water this time felt especially warm, and the raft almost felt as though it moved quicker on the course! With the excessive amount of water that was thrown around during the quick course, it still made for a very, very wild ride that must be experienced before leaving the park!
The only other slides I was able to hop on were Wildebeest and Jungle Racers before taking on the
dry-side of the park. Coming from the Thanksgiving area later in the day, I noticed that the park had silently removed two inner-tube slides that used to sit near the entrance of the water park, their names AmaZOOM and Bamboo Chute.
All in all, the day visit went smoothly. The coasters were still running wonderfully, and the same could be said about the rest of the park; especially considering the crowds on a Labor Day weekend.

(*Edit [May 7, 2014]: It has been confirmed that both AmaZOOM and Bamboo Chute were relocated to the Lake Rudolph campgrounds next door where it now operates as Santa’s Splash Down.)

*Hyena Falls:
   *Chuckles: 7/10
   *Giggles: 7/10
   *Laughs: 8/10
   *Tee-Hee: 7/10
Jungle Racer: 7/10
Mammoth: 10/10!

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

Atlantis Clarksville Trip Report (July 12, 2013)

Because I wasn’t able to visit another water park since May, I did another visit to Atlantis in Clarksville, Indiana but made it a surprise visit since I wanted to see how the water park was doing, and would be like on a busy day.

A very sunny morning about an hour after the park had opened had some light, but very good crowds. The majority of visitors were large groups of very excited children on field trips, but the rest were mostly teens and adults looking for a very nice day out in the sun.

I spent about a few hours in the water park and had myself a pretty good time. I spent most of my time sliding down the slides since I didn’t really feel like bothering with the wave pool. With this visit, I was able to compare what the park would be like with a crowd. The splitting of the staircase for body sliders on the left, inner tubers on the right was a very nice idea and allowed for body sliders to bypass those with inner tubes and head straight to the slide of their choice. The top of the complex was much less organized though, with people standing in random locations unsure what line they might be in for the slide they want. It takes a bit of squeezing-by other people sometimes to be able to reach the slide of your choice.

The slides themselves were just about the same as the last visit, except that the slide surfaces were cleaner and smoother, and the water felt slightly warmer than my first visit in the cold. One very noticeable change was in the enclosed body slide where I had mentioned that the second helix on the slide previously had back-scratching, which wasn’t felt on this visit!

So, I’m happy to say that this visit turned out to be a better visit compared to the last, and the water park was doing much better than it was earlier this summer! I can definitely recommend this water park if you’re ever in the Louisville of Clarksville areas and want to get your feet wet, just be sure to avoid weekends since those are the busiest times for the park. Also, if you want to avoid additional charges for locker use, bring your own locks!

Body Slide (Closed Flume): 7/10
Body Slide (Open Flume): 6/10
Tube Slide (Closed Flume): 7/10
*Tube Slide (Open Flume): 7/10
Overall Water Park Rating: 6/10

Atlantis Clarksville Review (May 24, 2013)

Atlantis water park in Clarksville, Indiana is a fairly small water park on the other side of the Ohio River where the city of Louisville, Kentucky sits. There isn’t a lot to expect from this park, but for local Louisvillians, it gives a good local water park for people to visit, and gives people a less distance to travel compared to the extra hour drive north-west to Holiday World Splashin’ Safari.

Wildebeest Wildebeest Raft
Wildebeest Wildebeest Raft

My visit to the park started about an hour and a half before the official first day of opening on Friday of memorial weekend. Weather that morning was cold, with wind chills that blew at around high 60 degrees (fahrenheit). But I braved the temperature and did my morning POV shooting down the park’s slides, with the off-ride footage recording and picture-taking later during my visit when more of the sun came out. Being the first day of opening this season, and the morning being very chilly, the turnout for the water park turned out to be very low, so most of my footage shot around the park had very little to no people in it.
The water park’s main features are the Mount Olympus water slide structure, which houses the park’s four main water slides, and the Tsunami Sea wave pool that has a maximum depth of 5 feet. Outside of those, there is King Neptune’s Cove which is a kid splash area, two main concession stands, and plenty of loungers to relax in the sun or shade.

The Mount Olympus water slide complex has four WhiteWater West water slides spiraling and curving in and around each other before landing in the shared 3ft deep pool at the end. Sporting either white or aquatic blue color, this slide complex consists of two body slides and two inner tube slides, one of each type are enclosed while the others are open flume slides. The slides didn’t have any specific names other than “Tube Slide” and “Body Slide,” so I’ll just refer to each by them being an open or enclosed flume.

The first slide to the right, once reaching the top of the tower, was the white open-flume tube slide. It consisted of multiple turns and a slight helix during the course, and had a pretty decent length to it. Very nice, and very easy for beginner sliders. Some single riders can find themselves losing control of their tube and end up facing the wrong direction if they’re not careful!

The next slide from that to the left would the enclosed inner tube slide. A completely pitch black course the whole way down with a few sudden turns along the way. The experience for this slide is also pretty decent, but definitely a step up from the open flume inner tube slides due to the darkness factor.

The first of the body slides is the open flume body slide, which winds itself in figure eights and contains a few dips before coming into the pool at the end. Good, easy slide for those willing to go alone, and can provide a mild thrill for bigger sliders going down on their backs.

The last of the slides (but probably the first you’d see reaching the top of the tower staircase) is the enclosed body slide. Definitely the quickest in the park due to its steeper descent, and how most riders are forced to lay on their backs on the way down. The slide has some good speed to it, especially on the second helix. The biggest drawback for this slide, though, is that the second helix does seem to have some back scratching to it.


The water park as a whole doesn’t really provide great “thrills” in my opinion, but it’s definitely a good choice for visiting a local water park with young children or to spend a few hours with friends at, especially with the low $8 admission fee to enter. The park does have some very busy peak days, and you could end up waiting in lines for a fair amount of time too.

Overall, it’s not really something to go out of your way for if you’re a traveling visitor to the city of Louisville for a day or two, but if you would like some quick spins on some slides for a very reasonable price and do not have the time to drive an extra hour west to Holiday World’s Splashin’ Safari, then I would highly recommend giving this water park a try.

Body Slide (Closed Flume): 7/10
Body Slide (Open Flume): 6/10
Tube Slide (Closed Flume): 7/10
Tube Slide (Open Flume): 6/10
Overall Water Park Rating: 6/10
Hello again everyone! Apologies for not updating recently. As you’ve already seen, the News Block posts have been ceased due to me not having enough time to make them for each day they come out. Even putting them in queues to be published on a schedule would be too much work on my own, so I will stick to what I do best; which is writing reviews, taking photographs, and recording videos!

I had recently made a trip to the Atlantis water park in Clarksville, Indiana (right across the bridge from my hometown, Louisville, Kentucky!) and shot some footage there, including POV’s which have already been posted to the Water Slide Database YouTube page. The review is still being worked on, so expect to have that coming very soon!

This weekend, I attended the annual Coastermania event at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio for the first time! One whole day of coaster riding with many other roller coaster enthusiasts! I had a very wonderful time, and took some very interesting pictures from there! It sure did make up for me having to miss out on Holiwood Nights annual roller coaster event at Holiday World this year. Hopefully I can attend one or both next year!

 While in Sandusky, I also had the chance of driving around the area to shoot exterior photographs of the Kalahari Resort (which I last visited in 2010), and made a visit to shoot exterior photos of Maui Sands Resort’s water park, which I have yet to visit, but would definitely love to plan one someday! Those photos are currently up on Flickr.com and will be on the website soon.

As I said, expect the Atlantis Clarksville water park review to be posted soon, and I might even throw in a trip report of Coastermania if I can!

Happy Sliding!
-Marcus

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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Splashin Safari Review

Splashin Safari

I would like to first say that Holiday World has to be one of the cleanest parks I have ever visited. Even with free sodas and people drinking them from plastic cups, there is almost no litter to be found on their ground. Holiday World also gives off a great family feeling with the owners, Pat and Dan Koch, walking around their park often to greet guests. These factors I especially enjoyed about their park.

I visited Splashin Safari during an annual roller coasters enthusiast event called Holiwood Nights which contains exclusive riding times on their roller coasters and a few of their water slides, including the world record holder for the longest water coaster, Wildebeest.

 

The Wildebeest is a thrilling water coaster with seven upward hydromagnetic sections. The water slide starts with a conveyor lift to the top while you sit in the inline raft. Once you reach the top, you are greeted by a ride operator, and a flood of water coming in from the sides of the tunnel. The slide races towards and over each hill at a very fast pace and soaking you at the same time. Because of the fast pace, you can get airtime on most of the hills. This water coaster always leaves people smiling and completely soaked by the time they reach the station at the end of the slide. The only downside to this amazing water slide is that the water temperature on it is the coldest throughout the entire water park, but this never kept me from riding it more than 5 times during the Holiwood Nights event.

Wildebeest Wildebeest Wildebeest Wildebeest

Zoombabwe is a very tall and long dark family raft slide. This slide is pretty fast for a dark raft slide, and with all that speed it’s surprising how long it lasts. The slide has air holes in it punched out in shapes of tiki faces and there are areas in the slide where extra water is added to slow down the rafts. This water slide also sits between the tracks of the Legend roller coaster, giving a unique view of passengers riding it. The downside to this water slide is that the walk up to it is pretty long.
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Zinga is a purple and blue ProSlide Tornado that also sits in the area of the Legend roller coaster. This water slide starts with a speedy drop into a large tunneled helix, then it drops out into the Tornado section where you ride up the walls. This was a very fun slide to ride because of how fast you enter the tornado section and the floating feeling you get when you ride up the walls of the element. The downside to this slide is that it also has a long walk to get to it.
Zinga Zinga Zinga Zinga

The Jungle Racer is a normal 10 lane mat racer water slide with three dips. This slide seemed to have one of the shorter lines in the park because of it’s higher capacity and short slide duration. The slide simply completes three drops, the third giving slight airtime.
Jungle Racer Jungle Racer

Otorongo is made up of three black tunneled inner-tube slides. Each slide is named from part of the slide complex’s name: Oto, Ron, and Go. Oto (right) is a normal dark slide that does a few turns before landing you in the pool. Ron (Middle) is the dark slide with two quick drops before making a big splash in the pool. Go (Left) is the slid that completes a helix before dropping and landing into the pool. Each water slide has a water curtain where the tunnels end before you hit the pool.
Watubee and Otorongo Signs Otorongo

The park’s ProSlide Behemoth bowl, Bakuli, is a very large water slide and the hardest water slide to miss. It consists of a few left and right turns before picking up a lot of speed going down a large drop and into the bowl section of the slide. When done in the bowl, you go down a much smaller, but steeper drop then forwards into the pool. This slide is quite thrilling because of it’s entrance speed into the bowl element. The only problem with this slide is that it sits within a lazy river and has only one way to get to it.
Bakuli Bakuli Bakuli Bakuli

Splashin Safari was easy to enjoy because of their selection of water slides. Unfortunately the water park did not seem to have enough shade to go around. The majority of the water park is out in the sun, and this causes the pavement to become very hot on sunny days. Luckily Holiday World offers free sunscreen in many places throughout the water park so you can avoid sunburn. Along with this is the free drinks available throughout the entire park, including the water park. This is good so you can stay hydrated.

Splashin Safari was one of the best water parks I’ve ever visited, and the reason why is not just because of the water slides. Along with the great water slides are the nice staff, clean facilities, and the free sunscreen and drinks.

Water slide ratings (N/A= unavailable)
Watubee
Watubee
AmaZOOM: 6/10
Bakuli: 8/10
Bamboo Chute:6/10
Jungle Racer: 7/10
Otorongo (3): 6/10
Safari Sam’s Splash Land (8): N/A
Watubee: 6/10
Wildebeest: 10/10!
Zinga: 8/10
ZOOMbabwe: 7/10

Other Rides/Attractions
Amazoom and Bamboo Chute
Amazoom (Blue) and Baboo Chute (White)
Bahari River: 7/10
Bahari Wave Pool: 7/10
Congo River: 6/10
Kima Bay: 7/10
Monsoon Lagoon: N/A
The Wave: 7/10