Schlitterbahn

Monday, August 11, 2003 9:41 AM
Has anyone been to Schlitterbahn Water Park in Texas? I saw last night on the Travel channel it is to be the best waterpark like CP is the best amusement park. Is this true? I am planning a vacation for 2005 and wanted some feedback on this.

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Monday, August 11, 2003 9:52 AM

It is the best waterpark i have every been to. There is only one problem though, it is so busy there becuase it is rated the #1 waterpark in America. The best ride is the Master Blaster, for those of you that have been on the Mast Blaster at Kalahari Indoor Waterpark or the Master Blaster at Magic Waters, this one is at least 5 times longer, and much more funner ( if that's a word..haha) I would definately recommend to go on a weekday, but it kind of matters if your goin in the summer or some other time. I hope everything works out!
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Monday, August 11, 2003 10:46 AM
Funner is not a word, nor will it ever be a word.

Schlitterbahn has two locations -- New Braunfels, TX and the newer South Padre Island, TX. The South Padre Island park uses NBGS' new Transportainment system. In essence, the system lets you queue for slides and things while sitting in a tube in the water. You never have to get out.

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Monday, August 11, 2003 12:17 PM
That is so awesome. I wish they could think of something like that for regular amusement park rides.
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Monday, August 11, 2003 12:28 PM
I always wondered why they couldn't make rows of moving benches for queues. They could move forward as needed to advance the line, then fold up and go under themselves like an escalator. It would all but eliminate line jumping.

Oh wait, I know - money.

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Monday, August 11, 2003 1:37 PM
Thats so weird! I have thought of almost the same thing one time while waiting 1 1/2 hrs for Millennium Force!! If only it could happen!

Master Blaster looks to be the best waterslide ever invented!!

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Monday, August 11, 2003 2:11 PM
Yes the original Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels is the best Waterpark. There is nothing else like Schlitterbahn, and if you plan to be in Texas in 2005, you really should make plans to visit--allow a full day. Masterblaster is great, but there are plenty of other attractions as well. The old section of the park has a number of tube chutes--some moderate, some insane. The Raging River tube chute takes 30 - 45 minutes to float down.
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Monday, August 11, 2003 2:41 PM
I also saw that on the Travel Channel last night. It looks like a fun place. I don't like water parks quite as much as riding coasters, but to me, the best part is spending a day with good friends. That can be fun anywhere.

Maybe I'll get the chance to check Schlitterbahn out in the future.

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Monday, August 11, 2003 3:30 PM
Take any launched coaster, and make it launch multiple times, and you have a Master Blaster. Dragon Blaster, which is across the street from Master Blaster is the better slide in my opinion. It defies one of the rules of roller coasters, which is that you can never go higher than the first drop.
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Monday, August 11, 2003 5:24 PM
I'm not a huge fan of waterparks due to capacity issues! I spent a week in San Antonio this summer. I hit Schlitterbahn for 3 days. The old part is the best waterpark I have ever been to. Schlitterbahn is actually 3 seperate parks (seperate entrances) that are not connected in a confined area of town. You use trams to go from the old section to the 2 newer sections. They are free and run all day. Masterblaster is over in one of the 2 parks in the newer section. You have to try it, but it is over-rated in my opinion. It certainly does not compare to even an average coaster. However, you cannot go to Schlitterbahn and not try Masterblaster and the Wave!

The older section of Schlitterbahn has a lot of character. It is basically a ton of water chute/rapid rides on tubes. Throw in a few slides. It is the setting and theming that make it. The special you saw on tv basically showed the newer section---which has some nice rides---but is themed much like almost every basic waterpark in the world. That is to say---generic theming! The tv show did not do Schlitterbahn any favors in how they presented the park by only showing rides from the newer, more generic parks. The old section is comparable to how many coaster enthusisats enjoy Knoebels and KW over the larger chained parks (I am in this camp)! It just has so much character and can be enjoyed by all! There really is nothing like the old section to Schlitterbahn. It is very unique and not to be missed in my opinion.

I would go back to Shlitterbahn in a heartbeat! Unless new rides were put in the newer sections, then I would spend all my time at the old part. There are some serious rides in the old section that last 30-60 minutes. The food is good and affordable. There is something for all ages. It is by far the best waterpark I have ever been to! I've been to 7 of the parks that were on that list you saw on tv. None of them are close to Shlitterbahn! I mean---not even close! You have to see it! It is cool in an old-school sort of way!

If you go, make sure you hit SFFT (by far the best in the 6 flags chain) and Sea World! They are 30-45 minutes away.

PS---I cannot say this enough! GO EARLY, GO EARLY, GO EARLY!

PSS---I am in no way dissing the quality of the water rides at the newer sections of Schlitterbahn. There are some great rides over there! They just do not have the theming or setting that adds to the charm of the place like the old section has. It is the old part of Schlitterbahn that makes it so unique---and thus makes it a must see attraction in my opinion!
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*** This post was edited by Jeffrey R Smith 8/11/2003 9:24:47 PM ***

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Monday, August 11, 2003 7:21 PM
Hour long rides? How the hell do they do that? Really! How?
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 6:18 AM
These are some of the longest chute rides you can imagine. I'm a terrible judgfe of distance---but I would not be surprised if the longest of the bunch came out at over a mile in length! It travels the whole length of the park and keeps going through the resort area hits the river and then starts back in the direction you came from. They even added some chutes off the river to give you some more rapids. They have fast spots with rapids and slower spots where you are sort of floating down a lazy river. These chutes are so much longer than you have ever seen at other waterparks. If you sit back and do nothing on them (don't paddle and hop in front of other guests)---they can take 30-60 minutes for the longest of the bunch. You really have to see it to believe it. I'm telling you---there is nothing like the old part of Shlitterbahn. No other park has rides and theming (I should say setting) like this. There is a reason it is the most viseted waterpark in the world.

P.S. I sound like a Schlitterbahn pimp---and I don't even like waterparks all that much. This park should be visited at least once in a lifetime!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 10:00 AM
I've been on the Six Flags Fiesta website and it looks like they have 2 or 3 coastes, am I looking at something wrong, also how do you get the track record to appear when you click on your name, do you have to be an official Coasterbuzz member?

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Skol Vikings

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 10:55 AM

SFFT has 6 coasters S:KC, Poltergeist, Boomerang, Rattler, Roadrunner Express, and Rollshucoaster or something like that its a kiddie coaster. Also go to Sea World.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 10:57 AM
The best waterparks in the country reside in a nice little town called Wisconsin Dell's.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 11:48 AM
Yeah I heard about the Dells and I am like 5 hours from there but Schlitterbahn is like the Cedar Point of Waterparks.
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Skol Vikings
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 11:51 AM
Thanks Superman, I was able to see the other coasters now on their webpage, will have to check that out too.

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Skol Vikings

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Friday, August 15, 2003 6:57 PM

BackSeat BULLer said:
The best waterparks in the country reside in a nice little town called Wisconsin Dell's.

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You know.. Honestly.. I see Schlitterbahn on Travel Channel alot more than Noah's ark. Noah's Ark looks like a nice park in my opinion but the technology isn't really inovative, but, more generic rides you see at many other parks. Thats what makes schlitterbahn different. Since they are owned and operated by NBGS INTL (one of the biggest water ride manufactuers in the country) they bring all their new technologies and proto types into the park, more like a large testing ground. Though, Noah's Ark might be larger, it's just not competiting with the quality and innovations. I mean.. The uphill water coasters are the most popular thing going on right now, towards the water ride industry.. And I can name handfuls of parks that have them.. But Noah's Ark isn't on that list.

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