Vote of the Week: What's your favorite type of water ride?
Earlier this week, our Russell Meyer looked at some of the popular ways that theme parks use water
to move visitors around on theme park rides.
Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom
As Russell wrote, water rides come in many different forms, from slowing moving boat rides such as It's a Small World, to underwear-drenching rapids rides such as Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges. Log flume rides have been theme park staples since the early 1960s, and many theme park fans enjoy visiting water parks, too, where they can zip down a variety of water slides.
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls at Universal's Islands of Adventure
But which of these types of water rides is your favorite? I suppose that the answer might depend upon the weather when you visit a park. A rapids or log flume ride that splashes sweet relief on a hot day probably won't seem as refreshing when the weather's cool and overcast. So let's imagine that you're riding each type of ride at its ideal time and place. Which one do you pick then, if you had to choose just one more ride for the day?
Please share a favorite water ride experience, in the comments. And, as always, thank you for reading and being part of the Theme Park Insider community!
Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean is my favorite type of water ride. It's practically perfect in every way.
My favorite water ride is the Lazy River in Discovery Cove. Relaxing after a day of playing with dolphins
Love flumes best. However, I had a fantastic time on the Bilge River Rats ride at Universal. Can anyone tell me how this compares to the Kali ride referenced in the article?
Got to ride on Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges at IOA during an early admission a few years ago. There was nobody there so they let us stay on the ride about 6 times straight. It was a beautifully warm morning and we were soaking wet by 10AM when they opened the park for the regular crowd. The looks we got as thousands walked in while we walked out to go to our rooms was awesome!
While I love rides like Pirates and It's a Small World, I still have to go with log flumes. I wish there were more of them! Even dumb ones like Dudley Doo Right were fun (except for getting ridiculous soaked).
This is a hard choice. I enjoy each of these for different reasons. I voted for the flume just because I am in a "thrill" ride frame of mind today.
I love the rapids rides because I greatly enjoyed the real thing, but without the hardships like the overnight camping, the dusty trails, the awful food, and the boat flipping over and getting dunked in ice cold water. What I prefer is a rapids ride that goes forward like a flume ride instead of in circles. Instead of worrying about getting wet, the high is actually about getting trounced by the waves. I miss that.
I really like Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls. It has probably the best drop of any water ride in that the angle is really convex (is that right?). I also like the vaudeville humor of the ride, it's a great light theme for a flume. The only downside is that this flume really gets you wet compared to others!
I'm a log ride lover. It's a great way to put thrill, theme/story, and wetness into a ride at the same time. Splash Mountain is my favorite mountain after all. To answer the persons question about Kali River Rapids.... It's a great ride that actually had a great in depth story behind it about conservation, but the only down side with that ride is that it's too short. There's a great drop to it though. Popeye is hands down the best river rapids ride out there. It's longer and has some pretty good theming . The only other river rapids ride that comes close to it in the United States is Grizzly River Rapids at California Adventure.
I just love the unpredictable factor that rapids rides have, it's like having different experiences everytime you go.
Kali river rapids is by far the most lame water ride that I have ever gone one you float past some burning logs and two people on the boat get wet.
It's a tough call between boat rides (such as Jurassic Park) and log flumes (such as Splash Mountain), but I have to go with log flumes. A vast majority of parks have a log flume, and while not all of them are amazing the vast majority of them are still good rides. When it comes to boat rides, most of them are pretty basic: up the lift, around the turn, down the drop, splash, ride's over. River rapids rides are fun, but don't quite hold the same appeal for me (aka I've never found one I would consider a must ride...even Grizzly River Run), and while I enjoy water slides at water parks, the ones found inside amusement parks are often dull and pointless.
There should just be an all of the above option. I like them all. So hard to choose! I do find it weird that people love the flumes so much and many parks seem to be getting rid of them instead of making newer, nicer ones.
The raft rides are awesome.
DisneySEA Transit Steamer Line or Venetian Gondolas at Tokyo DisneySEA FTW.
The Flying Dutchman at Efteling in the Netherlands is truly awesome.
When I think about a question like this I ask which one would I kiss the most if I could never ride it ever again. So the answer is simple, for me it would be a water slide. I could not imagine never riding a slide again in my life, that would mean no more water parks!
For flumes and rapid rides, the whole point (and fun) is getting thoroughly soaked. As such, there is no better fun ride that than Popeye at IOA. I just don't understand why people wear ponchos - if you don't want to get wet, don't ride.
I will say that at least with Log flumes its usually more of a light splashing that will dry off fairly fast, as oppose to the other types of flume rides.... so if you'd like to enjoy the ride without being completely soaked the rest of the day then its the best choice. Yet another reason why I don't get why they are going away in some parks instead of building or renovating them into newer better versions.
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