Emerald Pointe and Storms Close Hydra Fighter II

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Wednesday, July 18, 2001 3:31 PM
The crowds at Wet N' Wild Emerald Pointe were not that bad and the weather wasn't either. After breakfast at McDonalds we arrived at the park at around 11 and first headed torwards the Daredevil Drop. The Daredevil Drop is a large freefall slide, billed as one of the tallest on the East Coast. After riding that and many other great slides, we ate lunch and headed for the ride I was most anticipating, the brand new Hydra Fighter II.

Hydra Fighter II is the new prototype water play suspended coaster from Caripro. The coaster does not look as wet for riders as the Flying Super Saturator. It is a bit longer, but doesn't have all of the waterfalls and geyers nor as many guns for spectators to use. The cars do not have water-dump levers, but there was something interesting I noticed in line. Each car has 2 panels with 4 buttons; the buttons colors corresponding with colors on traffic lights along the track. I believe the lights may tell you when to push the buttons, which could activate geysers and things. Unfortunately, I never got to find out. When we were next in line, yes, NEXT IN LINE, the ride shut down due to storms.

Luckily, the park gave everyone tickets to come back, so I will get to ride this coaster in a week or two. Look for a photo gallery to go up on my website tonight or tomorrow morning.

Top Gun: The Jet Coaster Flights in 2001: 34
Coaster Tracks Ridden: 50

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