Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Trip Report: Adventure Island (March 19, 2015)

It's been 5 years since the last time I was at Adventure Island. Armed with a Sanyo waterproof camcorder, this was one of the earliest water parks I had ever documented for Water Slide Database back in 2010! This time I come prepared with a DSLR and GoPro Hero4.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Guest Review: Twister Water Slide on Carnival Glory Cruise

Henry from Coaster Chit Chat was willing to do a review of the Twister Water Slide on the Carnival Glory.
Be sure to check out Coaster Chit Chat at the bottom of the post for more from him and his team, and click here for more photos of the ship!

Carnival on their Conquest class ships has the standard Twister Water Slide as part of their 'WaterWorks' program.

This past December, I went on my first cruise, on the Carnival Glory. It features a water slide, called Twister. The name fits the water slide PERFECTLY.

As you can see in the above photo, the slide is about 30 feet high. Twister is more for kids than us thrill-seekers.

If you happen to go on any of the Carnival Conquest-class ships (Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty, and Carnival Freedom) and expect a high thrill, you shouldn't. Go on it once, and during the sea days, do another activity. Carnival has several other activities for a huge variety of audience, but Twister is not for adults.

Score: 2.5/10

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Monday, December 15, 2014

What Waterpark Attractions Are Coming in 2015?!

As 2015 draws closer and closer, I thought it would be a good time to point out some of the most notable new attractions coming to the water park industry in 2015; namely those within the United States! These include...

1.) Slide Boarding Tech at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas


You might remember a blog post made back in September about the new Slideboarding technology being released by WhiteWater West, and you may remember the time WhiteWater announced that the first installation would be going to the Wet 'n' Wild water park just outside of Las Vegas Nevada.

To reiterate what was mentioned, Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas will be gaining a new slide that will utilize a first of its kind gaming technology for riders to experience as they slide. Riders will board a raft that is decked-out with game controller buttons similar to what you would see on a game console controller (Play Station, Xbox, etc.), then as they maneuver down the flume, they interact with lights throughout the slide and press the correct buttons along the way to score points before coming to a splash into the pool.

To hear a better explanation from WhiteWater about the slide, you can jump to this video produced by Theme Park Review who visited the WhiteWater booth at the IAAPA trade show in Orlando, Florida.

To read more about the technology, click here to visit WhiteWater's page on Slide Boarding.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A New Vertical Looping Water Slide?!

I'm certain many of you know that IAAPA's annual Exposition started this past Tuesday and, like always, companies and businesses left and right are popping out new, innovative, and creative creations as well as announcing new installations coming to parks inside and outside of the United States.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions is an annual trade exposition comprising of most big-name companies and businesses from around the world to showcase their products for amusement parks, entertainment centers, arcades, and more to see and make possible purchases to install at their facilities. Many big behind-door deals and innovations are typically announced for the first time at this exposition every year, with this year being no exception for many companies.

One particular innovation I'd like to highlight comes from, no surprise here, the water park industry. This one comes from Avalanche Waterslides and Skyturtle Technologies, based out of Missouri and Iowa, who just announced something that seems will put water slides on a whole new level of thrills, with The Skycalibre slide!

The Skycalibre slide completely breaks boundaries on what typical water slides can do. It all starts with a capsule that a single rider is locked into. Next, the capsule is pushed into the enlosed flume and starts with a vertical plunge; and by vertical I mean a true 90 degree drop! After 45 feet of pure freefall, the slide pulls up and keeps going until it has completely encircled to create a real 30 foot tall vertical loop!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kentucky Kingdom - Part 2 of 2

We covered the dry side of Kentucky Kingdom in the last part of the review. In this part, I'd like to focus on Kentucky Kingdom's water park, Hurricane Bay. If you would like to hear about the overall view of Kentucky Kingdom in the first part, please click here.

Hurricane Bay is a water park that is connected to Kentucky Kingdom amusement park and is free with paid admission. It consists of multiple slide complexes and various standalone water slides ranging from easy beginner slides to many thrilling slides. Hurricane Bay was added to the park in 1992, opening with the original Big Surf Wave pool and later on added the water slide complex Mt Slide Hai.

The water park's original lineup, after its renaming to Splashwater Kingdom and before it's 4 year dormancy, included a basic slide complex with three inner-tube slides and a body slide, a ProSlide Tornado, a ProSlide Hydromagnetic water coaster, a water playground, a kids splash area, and a wave pool. When Kentucky Kingdom reopened for the 2014 season, the water park was put back to the original Hurricane Bay name and doubled in size with many brand new water slides added to the still-standing lineup.