I hadn't seen this slide design before, but one is coming to the Dallas area and it looks like an interesting concept. The video seems to allude to some awkward collisions potentially happening in the center splash pool.
Wow, I imagine that pulls some serious G's as you pull out. Hi wedgie and water up the nose potential in those small tubes.
I like the way they handle the splash down as opposed to the toilet bowl slide at Kalahari, where you have a tendency to fall through at some odd angles.
That is a similar to how the rafts let out, they go into a trough and then down to a splash pool. This pretty much gets rid of the splash pool and turns it into a run-out. Still wondering how impacts are handled, I think it's only a matter of time before it happens!
Though it does look cool!
The one at Wet N' Wild was painful enough. You think waterslide companies would come up with a way to reduce the extremely painful joints on body slides. Sealant, Sanding, etc... Something!
I have not rode a body slide that did not hurt... Give me a tube or raft any day!
I did the body slides at Castaway Bay a couple of weeks ago, and despite the G's in the last few turns, didn't find it hurty.
Don't remember those too much, it's been a few years! The Wet N' Wild bowls are pretty painful though, I am pretty sure it removed my epidermis...
All the body slides at Geauga Lake are pretty painful as well... But I thought maybe just due to the relocation of those specifically. Aquatica has two body slides (the Dolphin slides) and those hurt as well. I never seem to have any luck with body slides!Last edited by SteveWoA, Monday, February 6, 2012 11:12 PM
Yeah the slides on the old side of Kalahari (Sandusky) are painful on a bare back. Though the one on the new side does not hurt at all! I also have not had any trouble with the ones at Cedar Point though I usually have a rash guard on when visiting so don't ride them bare back.
Are there body slides on the old side of Kalahari? I'm trying to think of which ones they are, and for some reason I thought the toilet bowl was the only one.
After I found the Flow Rider, everything else is a blur :).
Yes there are two on the same tower as the family raft ride. The Flowrider does kinda steal your attention though!
Yeah, Storm at Wet n' Wild was a good exfoliate. Did it once, and that was enough.
I don't see impacts being much of an issue on this since they are going the same direction when they come out (though it would be more thrilling if they come out facing each other.) The impact seems to be about the same impact you would have with other people bouncing in to them in a crowded wave pool.
I agree with Jeff on the Castaway Bay Slides. I just rode them last week. Didn't hurt at all, and I was surprised at how fast they really were. My 5 year old daughter also went on them...it was her first "big girl" slides...she LOVED them!
I think the Geauga Lake ones aren't too bad considering the speed and height of them. I was VERY worried when I first rode them, knowing how smaller versions can be. But they aren't bad.
I'm obviously dating myself (kinky, huh?)..but who else remembers the early days of stand-alone waterparks when you rode on the foam mats instead of your skin? Specifically thinking of the ones down the Jersey Shore in the late 70's-early 80's. They were also charged by certain time periods..i.e., $X for an hour..with the mats color coded to let the attendants know to send people off when their time was up.
Those were the best. The old cement chutes. They were everywhere. Myrtle Beach had some good ones. Branson...I believe had the last one in operation...but I'm sure it is gone too. There was quite a few at Pigeon Forge in the day.
My favorite rides were the old rapid rides with the tubes. Wet-n-Wild Orlando used to let you start yourself...the pools would back up and collisions were the norm. My dad used to take out a couple people at every rest pool. I think most of these are gone too. Besides insurance issues...the cost to man a guard at each pool was probably a drawback.
I honestly preferred those old water rides to today's. That is why when I go to Schlitterbahn...I spend all my time at the old side. I guess I'm the grumpy old coot. They ever take the old side away...and it becomes like every other park.
Very cool, now we just need to make a dueling bowl where the riders enter in opposite directions.. :)
After I found the Flow Rider, everything else is a blur :).
The flying skooters of water rides....amazing user-controlled fun! Finally rode one at Waterville USA last year, really looking forward to my next encounter.
I spent way too much $$$ in '08 visiting Kalahari for the sole purpose of FlowRiding, but man, it was fun and worth every penny at the time. The waves that aren't a part of a park can get pretty expensive, which sucks when I'm in Orlando, because there isn't a park with one nearby (I think Typhoon Lagoon should add one of the larger systems).Last edited by maXairMike, Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:42 AM
Used to be a flowrider at this smaller water park called Water Mania, on US192, technically in kissimmee I think.
Remember riding it quite some time ago, like ten years ago or so.
Water park wasn't the best kept and it ended up closing, last time I rode past back in 2005, the flowrider was still there, rotting like the rest of the park. It was positioned right against the main road to draw in the guests.
I seriously love the Flowrider. I was pretty damn good at it, too - util they may be roll over. I only had the stamina to do it twice, but that was at the end of the day and it had been pretty dead, so I climbed a LOT of steps before that.
I could see that being one of the greatest workouts ever.
On my only experience, they shut the water off and made me move on after a minute or two. I didn't see them do that to anyone else, so I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. It was pretty fun though.
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