Friday, August 29, 2014

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...

Six Flags White Water Announces Dive Bomber Freefall Slide

Part of the latest news form the water park industry included Six Flags' recent unveiling of new attractions coming to every one of its sister parks, and within the bundle of new rides included Six Flags White Water's new water slide for 2015, Dive Bomber.


Tallest Slide at the Park Featuring Nearly 90 Degree Drop

MARIETTA, Ga. — August 28, 2014 — Six Flags White Water will make an enormous splash in 2015 with the addition of Dive Bomber, an electrifying capsule water slide towering 10 stories tall. Dive Bomber will take the existing Cliffhanger attraction to new heights and become the tallest water slide ever built at the South’s Most Thrilling Water Park.
“We are excited to introduce Dive Bomber at White Water as one of the most intense water slides in the south,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties park president Dale Kaetzel. “It will test the courage of all thrill-seekers and our guests with an adrenaline rush never experienced before at the park, when it is least expected.”
The daringly tall water slide, Dive Bomber, will feature:
  •  An enclosed, clear capsule with a trap door that releases riders for a zero-gravity experience
  •  A tower more than 100 feet above the lush tree line of the park
  • A nearly 90 degree drop
  • Speeds of more than 40 miles per hour
Basically, it's going to be a drop capsule water slide that will replace the park's current 90 foot tall freefall body slide, Cliffhanger, and will give it an extra boost in height to bring it above the 100 foot mark. Rumors are saying that the new height for it will be 110 feet, which would put it as the 7th tallest water slide in the world, though this has not yet been officially confirmed as the park has so far only stated that the slide will stand "more than 100 feet" tall.

What will probably help this slide stand out is the drop angle, which the press release says will be nearly 90 degrees but we've only seen slide manufacturer ProSlide take their slides to the industry's current steepest angle for a drop slide, 80 degrees. Since this is as close to a real freefall you can get on a slide, it's sure to add a bit more shock to the already enormous drop!

You can check out updates for the slide at Six Flags White Water's Twitter and Facebook pages, and you can read more about the slide at Six Flags White Water's website.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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


Monday, July 14, 2014

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

Review of Disney Dream 3-day Cruise (Part 1 of 2)

Two days after my visit to Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, Florida, my family and I made the two hour trek north out of Miami, Florida, to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Dream cruise ship for a 3 day voyage to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney's Castaway Cay private island.



Disney Cruise Line is known for not only providing the magical Disney experience we've all come to love one way or another, but they are also known for being one of the highest ranked cruises in terms of quality, cleanliness, and overall experience compared to many other cruises. Part of Disney's variety of large cruise ships include the Disney Dream ship, which was introduced to the lineup in 2011 and has been doing 3 and 4 day voyages to places in the Bahamas. Being that this was my third-ever cruise (previous two were the Norwegian Breakaway, and the Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas), I can say that I was definitely impressed by all that the ship had to offer for people of all ages, especially kids!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Poll: Favorite Waterpark Attraction

The sidebar poll has finally come to a close, and the votes are in!

 

Lazy Rivers and Action Rivers takes the cake in winning first place over Wave Pools, with Water Playgrounds coming in third and last place. It seems voters on this poll would rather be enjoying those versus Tanning or playing Beach Volleyball.

Be sure to keep an eye on when the next poll will be inducted on the sidebar!
You can do so by following Water Slide Database via Twitter (@WaterSlideDB) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WaterSlideDatabase).