Now THIS Is A Slide Show
For summer planning purposes — and porpoises — we turned to the folks at the World Waterpark Association to give us a list of the Wackiest Water Slides in America. We also asked them to consider geographic diversity. They highlighted seven, and here they are, with critical reviews:
1) Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica, Orlando, Fla.
"... a 76-metre-long black hole of spiralling tubing that shoots you right through the midst of Commerson's dolphins that look like miniature killer whales." — Susan Pigg, The Toronto Star
Courtesy of King's Pointe
Discovery Plunge Courtesy of King's Pointe
2) Discovery Plunge at King's Pointe, Storm Lake, Iowa
"... features first-of-its-kind-in-Iowa technology that allows guests to choose from eight different virtual reality action themes, such as sea creatures, storms, hot air balloons, sharks and more." — Paula Reece, Des Moines Register
3) Scorpion's Tail at Noah's Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
"... is like a water slide on steroids. 'The stats are staggering,' says Joel Bullock of The Coaster Critic, referring to the ride's 50-foot free-fall start, 40 mph speeds and 3-g forces. Add to that the only loop in a water slide in the nation — not quite vertical for obvious reasons — and the result, says Bullock, is 'insane.' " — Rob Lovitt, MSNBC
Courtesy of Holiday World
Wildebeest Courtesy of Holiday World
4) Wildebeest at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
"... billed as the 'world's longest water coaster,' the Wildebeest takes riders on a 2 1/2-minute ride over a one-third-mile course that includes an initial four-story drop and six other hills. Bonus: No stair climbing is required for this water ride, thanks to 'alternating magnetic field' technology that propels the rafts up the first hill." — Hannah DeShon, South Bend Tribune
5) Disco H20 at Wet 'n Wild Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
"... combines water with pulsating lights and four-on-the-floor thumping beats. Riders first plunge downward through a dark tube in four-person rubber rafts. When they come out, they whirl into an "aqua disco" complete with disco balls and disco tunes." — Breuse Hickman, Florida Today
6) Dragon's Revenge at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, New Braunfels, Texas
"... a thrill-seeking ride featuring two-person rafts that float through foggy caverns and castle ruins before ending with a dragon in a dungeon scene and a 30-foot drop into a moat." — L.A. Lorek, San Antonio Express-News
Courtesy of Hyland Hills Water World
Voyage to the Center of the Earth
Voyage to the Center of the Earth Courtesy of Hyland Hills Water World
7) Voyage to the Center of the Earth at Hyland Hills Water World, Federal Heights, Colo.
"... a four-and-a-half-minute ride underground where ferocious T. Rex and other 'auto animatronic' dinosaurs roar and dart out as your three-person raft is sucked into dark vortices." — Dyan Zaslowsky, New York Times
Anchor's note: ... a slideshow for those who don't like slideshows. — L.W. @NPRtpj