Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
1. Typhoon Lagoon
2. Blizzard Beach
3. Wild Wadi (Dubai)
Wild Wadi has a very high level of detail rivalling Disney's parks. You don't see any metal scaffolding or cheap looking chutes. Whats more is that they brought out a water coaster years before Disney that not only goes uphill but has several different paths taking the total ride time to well over ten minutes.
In fact, I'm in the current creative process to envisage such a ride at Blizzard Beach, that lets guests choose different paths on a separate mountain range at the back of the park. It would also lead off from the lazy river requiring no need to walk on or stand in line.
I found BB a bit bland and concrete-y. The rides were good, but Typhoon Lagoon does it for me, with the wave pool, hands down, plus, the lush vegetation and amazing lazy river sells it everytime...
I've never been to Schlitterbahn in Texas, but I've heard and read it's the one to beat.
1. Holiday World's Splashin' Safari
2. Waterworks (connected to Kings Dominion)
3. Six Flags New England's Hurricane Harbor
4. Knott's Soak City (all three are tied)
5. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles
As cool as the landscapes are at Disney waterparks, Schiltterbahn has taken to themeing the rides. They have a jungle cruise like ride with animatronic animals. They have a dragon themed water coaster with pyrotechnics and special effects and many other rides.
It's also huge. Massive. In fact it's like two water parks that guest have to take trams to get to the other side. Often voted best water park and winner of many awards, the gem is a great secret.
Now Schlitterbahn is building a huge resort in Kansas City. It will have a river walk shopping district, restaurants, hotels and a massive water park. It will be like the USF of waterparks.
1. Typhoon Lagoon
2. Wet n Wild Orlando
4. Blizzard Beach
5. Adventure Island, Tampa
Though I am envious of those of you who have experienced the amazing water park in Dubai (the name now has disappeared from my mind). It looks absolutely brilliant and have heard nothing but good things from people who have been.
5. Rainbow Falls (Plover, WI)
It was a local water park that was very fun, but sadly closed and turned into a car dealership. For being small it was actually well done and had a good variety of rides.
4. Kalahari Resort (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
A very nice resort. It has an outdoor waterpark, a mini-theme park, and is America's 2nd largest indoor waterpark. The only reason I rank it 4th is that it is a little more pricey than my #1&2.
3. Wet & Wild (Orlando, FL)
A fun water park with a good amount of rides. I haven't been there in years so I don't know if anything has changed.
2. Noah's Ark (Wisconsin Dell's, WI)
No indoor waterpark so it's only open 3 1/2 months out of the year. Great water thrill rides! Huge park! Great theme! If they had an indoor waterpark it would be my #1.
1. Mt. Olympus Resort (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
The park has a both an indoor & outdoor waterpark, and both an indoor & outdoor theme park. The theme of the park is a Roman theme and they do a great job incorporating it into attractins. It also has the best wavepool EVER!
It gets cold in WI so it suprises me that it's the waterpark capital, but the Parks are really good so the title is deserving! If you like theme parks / waterparks I'd suggest taking a visit to the Wisconsin Dells sometime in your life!
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