Posted Monday, March 9, 2015 8:36 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Vernon, N.J.-based Action Park is a recently reopened park notoriously known for briefly operating a looping water slide called the "Cannonball Loop" in the 1980s. The attraction was shut down for safety concerns. Now a report says they've found a manufacturer that has solved the friction problem with an aluminum capsule for riders.
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The idea of getting into a soggy restraint on a waterslide really grosses me out and would probably be a deal breaker for me.
The idea of trusting my noggin on anything this daring at (TR-)Action Park makes me a little dubious...if it runs a full season with no injures, I'd consider it....
...but I'd probably still want a helmet.
Not to open a debate, because I really don't care, but at what point does this stop being a water slide and start being a coaster? Or a loopy bobsled? Or... Something.
Similar to how woodies just shouldn't have loops (SOBeast), neither should water slides. I can't see the ROI in this. 75% of guests will never be brave enough to ride it, me included.
AND not to open a debate, because I really don't care, but in the end Son of Beast's loop wasn't the biggest problem with that ride.
However, I must agree that the vertical loop has no logical place on a water attraction. Water slides, by definition, are rides where the rider skims along, is cushioned by, or is propelled along the course by the water below them. Unless it's fed down that vertical drop by some giant fire hose, the water is bound to go somewhere other than up and over with this aluminum capsule.
This goes into my Why Bother? bin.
I'm in the "why not?" camp. The shady past of its location aside, I don't see any reason why this shouldn't be attempted. I'm all for pushing the envelope, as long as it:
1. provides an ROI, &
2. doesn't kill or maim.
I don't really care to ride it, but more power to those who do.
Back in my day, we used a garden hose and a tarp. And we liked it!
Slip and Slides have grown UP!
I think this is awesome! There are many limitations to water slides that it is difficult to innovate further than were we are already. It is kind of the same idea as sitting in a raft on some water slides (especially the LIM water slides that require a "ride vehicle"), so I think this still counts as a water slide!
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