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!
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.
As many of you have probably heard, Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky, has been going big with continuing constructing on their newest rides and water park attractions. On Saturday April 26, I made a visit by the park to get a glimpse of how far it had come, and saw the structure for the 121 foot tall Deep Water Dive standing tall and proud! Not only that, but the top section of the slide had been recently installed as well (which made press after requiring closure of one of the nearby airport's runways), and it turned out to be a capsule drop slide!
If you haven't heard about this gargantuan, Deep Water Dive is a 121 foot tall body slide built by ProSlide that will become the United State's tallest body slide once complete; beating Summit Plummet at Disney World's Blizzard Beach by a mere foot! It was only until I saw the slide did I know this was also going to be a drop capsule slide, so it shall be a very interesting experience once it opens!
Comparing it with the park's tallest dry rides, it stands about 20 feet taller than T2 suspended roller coaster (101ft), 21 feet taller than the park's brand new steel coaster Lightning Run (100ft), and 31 feet taller than one of the park's wooden roller coasters, Thunder Run (90ft). The only rides taller than it are the park's Giant Wheel (150ft) and the new FearFall tower (129ft), but even with those, the slide still stands out on its own!
I sure can't wait to try it out myself once it opens with the rest of the park! It's sure to cause some screams!
To start my week long break in Florida, I made a 50 minute drive north from Miami to Riviera Beach, Florida (near West Palm Beach) to visit Rapids Water Park. Later within the week was a 3-day Disney Dream Cruise out of Port Canaveral which ported in Nassau, Bahamas, and Castaway Cay island. We'll get to that cruise in a later report.
The first thing to note about Rapids is that it is huge! The water park has a whopping collection of 13 different ProSlide brand water slides (some with multiple flumes/lanes, which would count as 35 altogether!) within a 30-acre property. The majority of water slides are very thrilling, but the collection ranges from wild for the thrill seekers, to mild for those who can't or choose not to experience the more thrilling slides.
Due to personal complications, my day started later than I had originally planned, so I only had roughly 3 1/2 hours to experience as much of the water park as I could. Luckily the late start would not prove to be a major issue, because the water park's first operating day of the season was only three days before my visit! So one of the biggest advantages of visiting on this day, March 18th, was that the water park was nearly vacant; aside from the few groups enjoying the park, and the lifeguards and staff that were present. Most lines for the slides were practically walk-ons, which allowed me plenty of time to ride the slides I could and photograph the park!
After entering and getting settled near the park's wave pool to stash my stuff, I started making my way around the edge of the park to the first ride.
About two weeks ago (from when this is written), I had my spring break in Florida and dedicated it to knocking out 2 water parks and a cruise! The week started off when I paid a visit to Rapids Water Park near West Palm Beach, Florida on March 18th. The day after was spent relaxing with family and preparing for the cruise, which was on the next day when we drove 2 hours North out of Miami to Port Canaveral, to board the Disney Dream ship for a 3-day cruise to Nassau Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay private island. At Nassau, we did get off the ship for the Aquaventure water park at Atlantis Paradise Resort!
Because the Disney Cruise ended the day before my classes started back up, I've been having a little bit of trouble trying to get all pictures, videos, and reviews out as fast as I wish. So far, pages for all three places (Disney Dream, Rapids, and Atlantis Nassau) have been made and published to the Water Slide Database website, and all photographs have been uploaded tot he website and Flickr page. The first video of the whole trip, the Aquaduck POV, has been published as well. All that's left is to edit and publish two more videos, and finally pump out the reviews for each place.