Monday, July 26, 2010

Adventure Island Review

Adventure Island Water park in Tampa Bay, Florida is a nice water park with plenty of water slides to slide on. The water park's floor is clean and so are the sandy areas. The water slides in the waterpark are excellent and range from easy inner-tube slides to speed-slides that aren't too steep.

   The 4-lane Proslide Octopus Racer "Riptide" was fun with it's fast helix that produces a good amount of G's, and the double-dip finale into the shutdown lane.

   Everglides is one of my favorite slides because of how you ride a sled down a drop, then skid across water a certain distance until you stop and sink.The sleds are pretty heavy to carry, but at least you don't have to carry them to the top thanks to a system that does it for you.

   Key West Rapids is a very open spaced waterslide and looks like it was originally built for large family rafts, but uses single-rider inner tubes instead. The stairs to get to the water slide can be a little unnerving because of how high it is situated over a lake and how there are no risers behind every step.

   Wahoo Run is the highest slide in the park because of how it is situated on top of a hill.It is a very fun family raft ride that has dark tunnels and waterfalls to soak you during the slide.

   Runaway rapids are 5 slow open-flume body slides. These body slides are interesting due to the rock theming that the slide is situated around, and for the multiple flume choices. It is very easy to get lost trying to walk to the slide, so it is recommended to check the park map before venturing to it.

   The tallest bodyslide in the park, Gulf Scream, is also fast but not as intense as the steeper speed slides found in other water parks; just be prepared when you hit the pool at a fast speed.

   I did not get to ride Water Moccasin or Caribbean Corkscrew that day.

   The Caribbean Corkscrew are two purple interlocking tunnel speed body slides that wrap around each other until they reach the end.

   Water Moccasin are three aqua green colored speed body slides: one is simply a drop and the other two makes one large helix, all three end in a pool.

   The only problem I faced with my visit is that it had rained, which caused the water park's floors to become extremely slippery. Be sure never to run in this or any water park because doing so could be very dangerous.
Other than that, the entire water park is great and if you are visiting Busch Gardens amusement park next door for a couple of days, be sure to include Adventure Island as well.

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Water Slide Ratings (N/A= not available):
Aruba Tuba: 6/10
Calypso Coaster: 5/10
Caribbean Corkscrew (2): N/A
Everglides: 8/10
Gulf Scream: N/A
Key West Rapids: 5/10
Riptide: 8/10
Runaway Rapids (5): 5/10
Wahoo Run: 6/10
Fabian's Fun Port
Water Moccasin (3): N/A

Other Rides/Attractions:
Endless Surf: N/A
Fabian's Fun Port: N/A
Paradise Lagoon: 7/10
Rambling Bayou (Lazy River): 6/10
Splash Attack: N/A

Overall Water Park Rating: 7/10

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