Is it Time for Disney's Water Parks to be Expanded?Walt Disney World: How do you feel about Water Parks at Theme Park resorts and should they be expanded?
From David L.Should the Disney Water Parks and other theme park resort water parks be expanded? I think the only recent time Walt Disney World's water parks have had an expansion is the water coaster, Crush 'n' Gusher. Wet 'n Wild is recreating their kid's area and Aquatica recently finished their Omaka Rocka slides. Does Disney need to step up to the plate or should the water parks stay as extras to the main parks?
Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM
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From Dominick DBoth water parks need to get new slides. At TL, a Crush themed slide would be great, and at BB, a Phineas and Ferb S'Winter area would work out well.
Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
From Andrew MooneyI love water park days. They offer a great change of pace from the frantic theme parks. Being able to give my feet a rest is very much appreciated. However, after climbing Mount Gushmore all day in Blizzard Beach, they like to scream out in pain - especially with rides such as Runoff Rapids which are not served by the chairlift.
Posted May 26, 2012 at 6:32 AM
I envisioned a ride located at the rear of Mount Gushmore - when looking from the entrance - whereby Ice Gator discovered three smaller mountains connected by caverns and bridges. These mountains, known as Mountain Falls, provide guests a new and exciting attraction with multiple different passageways. Guests are able to divert off from the lazy river and into the base-camp of Mountain Falls. Using the master blaster technology, guests (and their rubber rings) can choose one of five tracks to propel them up the looming mountain. Once guests reach a plateau high in the mountain, they have the choice of which route they would like to follow. The multiple pathways range in length and level of difficulty. With around 30 different pathways, no two journeys into the mountains are the same thus multiple journeys are needed to discover all that the mountain offers. After traversing though 6/7 paths, guests end up back in the lazy river, with the opportunity to ride again.
I took the concept from Master Blaster at Wild Wadi in Dubai. That attraction has around 14 different rides which are connected to the lazy river. Here is a video of the technology in action.
Mountain Falls would offer plenty of fun for the day, with no walking needed. Who knows what one will discover high in the mountains. Perhaps a fully working Yeti :P. Typhoon Lagoon is my favourite water park at WDW, so something of this nature would be enticing and, in my opinion, a great way to bring the Master Blaster technology to the park.
From David L.Dominick, I don't think that the s'winter area would work well with therest of the park because there are already two well themed kids areas. The crush slide might work, but I think it would be out of place with the rest of the park. Maybe in a new park based on specific disney franchises. Andrew, that would be a neat idea that would really work well with the park.
Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM
From Dominick DDavid, who said it was for kids? ;)
Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM
From Anita NormanIMHO I think the water parks at Disney are just perfect the way they are. We always enjoy our days spent at both water parks. As for the others (Wet and Wild, Aquatica) I haven't been but I will be checking them out on my upcoming trip in August.
Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:38 AM
From Ashleigh NoadLove these ideas - A crush coaster would be awesome! However, I actually like the fact that the water parks are 'original' and not really necessarily inspired by Disney owned movie franchises.
Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I think that they should be updated - correct me if I'm wrong, but the last addition was Crush n Gusher at TL, that was a good few years ago! The slides at the parks are really lacking (particularly TL) in comparison to parks like Aquatica and WnW, however, their themes remain superior,
From David L.Dominick, those ideas might fit in a different park that is more character based with different lands(or should I say seas?).
Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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