Posted Friday, April 11, 2008 1:58 PM | Contributed by Jeff
The creature attacked. The residents escaped. Now it’s your turn. Visiting families will be thrilled this season with the unleashing of Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort’s latest sensation, the Dragon’s Revenge, scheduled to open this summer.
Park guests, eager to flee the wrath of the dragon’s attack, weave in and around castle ruins in search of an escape route before the mystical creature returns. After crossing over a draw bridge and entering into the castle’s guard tower, guests quickly discover the only way out is through a labyrinth of ominous caverns. Once aboard the escape vehicle, thrill-seekers are quickly propelled through a series of uphill blasts rocketing riders in and out, up and down around the perimeter of the castle before taking a final fog-filled freefall into the castle’s mote below. Guests careen through six dark creepy caverns filled with magical special effects including spinning tunnels, theatrical lighting, fiber optics, riveting original music, aromatic atmosphere, fog, faux fire and an encounter with the angry dragon.
Schlitterbahn once again proves why they are the waterpark to beat...even if it is just a re-theme, it's an awesome one! And I have to agree with Neuski, that is the best ride animation I've ever seen, as well.
And anybody who was at Beastbuzz a few years ago remembers how Jeff Siebert was teased for how he announced Delirium to the group...I wonder how Dragon's Revenge will sound coming out of his mouth?!
Actually Mamoosh, they have three! Besides Master Blaster and Dragon Blaster, they also have the Family Blaster Uphill Water Coaster, also in the same section. This is the simplest of the three as you grab a big old tube, get a bunch of people on the inside and go down a slope. Once at the bottom, you turn around and are "blasted" back up the slope.
As soon as I saw the wall in the one illustration, I knew it was Dragon Blaster they were retheming. This was a part of the ride that was deceiving to me as I thought the ride had ended, only to have another turnaround and drop to finish off the ride.
I only got to ride Master Blaster once as we were pressed for time with the long line, but I rode Dragon Blaster several times with no line (maybe that's the reason behind the retheme) and it's a launch-coaster fan's fantasy. You don't just get launched once or twice, but several times during the course.
I have one solid piece of advice for the guys looking to ride Dragon's Revenge--make sure your swim trunks are tied tightly! The water pressure is so intense that it feels as though you might not make it to the end with them still on your body.
As for the animation, I agree it looks great and I suspect it's another VIP Production (aka Coasterbuzz screename Badnitrus).
I always thought these rides used rafts with a floor to protect the rider from the water blasting beneath you. I was surprised to see the riders simply on two-person tubes in this animation. What is the feeling of the water like as I guess your feet can dangle in it and your butt probably hangs down into it as well. Ever feel like you're going to be blasted out of the tube?
^I don't remember any problem with your feet as they are hanging higher than the raft. But (or should I have said butt?:) ) because your rear end does hang in the tube, the water pressure keeps shooting up the back of your waistband. I don't know what a bidet feels like, but let's just say that we were all joking about feeling really clean:)
I never felt like I was going to be blasted out of the tube, but my swim trunks didn't quite feel secure and I had them on tight!
*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan 4/12/2008 3:03:05 PM ***
^See the key to that one is this, you need to "sit" on the tube, not let your butt sit on the slide. You do this by sliding back a little once situated in the tube, but a word of caution, this will increase your chances of tipping over at the bottom expectationally.
I'm a big Schlitterbahn fan, and I am thrilled they are re-theming Dragon Blaster. I've always been a fan of the queue (you stand in the center of the attraction as water from the blasters spray toward you and you stand in ankle-deep water).
But, for the ride, it was always missing something. Other than the final drop, I never found it too interesting. Maybe some severe theming will make this one of the park's elite attractions.
Also, for the record, I never thought Master Blaster was the park's best attraction. I love the Hillside Tube Chute on the old side of the park.
As much as I love the blasters, I have got to agre with you goose, when there I open the park at Master Blaster, then go to Surfenberg and do the Dragon Blaster, then back to Blastenhoff for some laps around the river, and then it is goodbye new park, hello old section: Riverside, Hillside, Rapids, (aka the long one, the best one, the fastest one,) repeat, repeat, repeat :). *** This post was edited by Touchdown 4/12/2008 10:00:38 PM ***
When we visited, we found out the hard way that the Blastenhoff/Surfenberg area was the only section open because we were there in May. If I ever make it back to Texas later in the summer, I fully intend on checking out the old section.
The only thing that concerns me is the lines. I remember passing one sign on Master Blaster that said 2 hour wait from this point. It was good, but I can't imagine waiting two hours for an enhanced waterslide in the Texas heat, even if the queue is shaded.
The old side does not get the 2+ hour waits in the new side. Midday, you might find an hour line, but when the shortest ride is 10+ min (and the longest is north of 30 min) the line: ride ratio makes it seem like a whole lot less.