I was just at PKI and went to water works (the water park there)and had a little problem riding the slides. The problem was I wasn't allowed because of 2 metal rings on the back pocket of my trunks. I have been to water works several times this year and never ran into this problem before. Most people were just riping the rings out of there swim trunks so they could ride. I figured I would pass that and just go back to the park. I was just wonderin if anyone else has ran into this problem at this water park or for that any other water park. If so which one so if I go I can buy some other trunks. They said the metal scratches up the slide. Im not sure why all the sudden. Also a weird thing was that only some life gaurds enforced the new rule and others could of cared less. Also just while im talking about water works I just want to say that it is lacking something that most other water parks have. I'm not quite sure what it is yet but there were just several minor things that I really disliked. Those being, wave pool was closer to a regualr pool because of how small the waves are compared to every where else. Also the mats they put on the ground really hurt your feet. The mats are found in almost all the lines and a lot of people can't stand on it too long without there feet hurting. One last thing, the amount of tubes/rafts on their family tube ride was about 4 or 5, I think they need at least enough to always have boats at teh top loading.
*** This post was edited by Beast_rocks on 6/30/2002. ***
I'm pretty sure all lifeguards are sapposed to not let pants/trunks with metal on them go on the slides. I worte khakis once, and they didnt have metal, so i could ride. it is also a matter if the lifeguard cares or not. Its hit or miss.
I encountered this wen I was last at PKD in 1998, combined with that and the false advertisment that volcano woudl be open "late spring 1998" and it being half way through june and no volcano. lets say I;ve never been back! I have enountered this at other water parks as well. I think they;re more worried about the slides getting scratched up.
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I have seen this at PCW. It's only for body slides. The reason is that the metal scratches the fiberglass and then the fiberglass cuts your back - or atleast thats what they told me. The slides have signs at the begining of the queue that clearly state that no metal is allowed on the ride. Luckly, I didn't have any metal on my suit.
I sooo know what you mean about the mats hurting your feet!!! You really need some water shoes to wear around. But there was one park that wouldn't let you wear them down the slides....I don't remember now if it's there or SFKK or HW.
They have that rule at Splish Splash in Long Island, NY. One day these two ladies I guess they didn't understand English I think they were Indian or something they had on jeans and a shirt in the park and took there shoes and hid them behind a bush and waited on line for the tube slide and like dumbies while everyone had bathing suits on and when they got to the top of the 25 minute line they couldn't ride. Everyone was dyin common sence should of told them that when they saw everyone in bathing suits and stuff that you can't get on slides with jeans and a shirt stupid people.
They enforced this ride last year at PKD, to my friends irritation. Of course, they did post it on several signs before he entered the attraction. Lucky for him, a lady had keys so he could rip out the rivets.
The thing I found very irritating while shopping for swimsuits this year, is that many of the suits have the rivets. It's hard enough to find a swimsuit you like, and then they add the rivet problem on top of it. ------------- If coasters are your life, than maybe you need to re-examine your life.
I was really wondering why all of the sudden they enforce the rule though. I've been to water works at PKI along with many other water parks that I imagine have this rule but was never caught or didn't see any one told they couldn't ride. I don't know, maybe someone did get hurt and now they have to pay attention.
Apparently, the metal can scratch a slide and make it razor-sharp for the next person. Besides, I don't understand why people insist on going to water parks in jean shorts anyway. A pair of swimming trunks costs, what, $15???
The rule at PKI is not new, and has not been enforced just this year. It clearly states in the parkmap that swimming trunks which have buttons, rivets or snaps in the back are not permitted. I know for a fact that they enforced this rule back in 1999.
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Phantom Catcher, this has nothing to do with jean shorts. Have you tried shopping for a swimsuit lately? I would say a good 85% of the swimsuits have rivets in them for styling. ------------- If coasters are your life, than maybe you need to re-examine your life.
I went to PKD this past Saturday and ran into the same problem there. Except only one lifeguard was enforcing it and he kept switching slides so we always had to avoid him. He would stand at the entrance to the slide and check everyone's suit. If you had the metal things he told you to go to the first aid station and get them taped up. But he was the only one checking and enforcing it
I didn't relize that swim trunks nowadays have rivets. Doesn't anyone wear speedos anymore? ;) I don't even want to think about where they would put rivets on those! And I apologize to anyone who just lost their appetite by trying to picture that. :)
Back in 1993, I went to Waterworks, and the park made me cut off the rivets on my jean shorts. Actually, I had to take my shorts off (behind a curtain), hand them under the curtain to an employee, he snipped the rivets off and handed them back.
I didn't see what it mattered, considering that a) the rivets were on the hip part of the jeans, and b) I'd already been to the park half a dozen times that year wearing the same shorts.
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I for one don't blame them for being strict. At the former Geauga Lake on the wedgie slides, probably 15+ years ago, I saw someone catch something on the way down and watched a stream of red follow them the rest of the way down. Her thigh got cut big time. She freaked out so badly (or lost so much blood) that she passed out.
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