watch theme park POV videos all day long while you sit at home. (And it's fun!) But the one thing you'll never get from on-ride videos is that physical feeling you get from the real thing.Sure, you can
That's why so many of us feel so anxious waiting for the parks to reopen. That rush of wind or splash of water across your body on a thrill ride can be amazing, and there's just no at-home substitute for it.
But which do you prefer: the rush of wind or the splash of water? Do you like your theme park rides to run on tracks or in flumes? It's our "which is better" vote for the day — you do prefer water or dry rides?
This isn't just a water parks vs. theme parks question. Believe it or not, a lot of people can spend the day at a water park and not once get wet. (Laying out and drinking are things.) And you can get yourself good and soaked on theme parks' flume and rapids rides. Don't forget the spraygrounds for the kids, either.
I love watching people go on rides such as Disneyland's Splash Mountain, to see them arguing about what they should do to either try to stay dry or to get as wet as possible. If I'm feeling especially evil, I volunteer to sit in front on any single-file log flume ride. Not only do I get the best views throughout the ride, that sets me up to duck underneath the front of the log just before we hit the bottom of the final drop. The sucker behind me who thought they were using me as a shield instead gets the full force of the watery blast. I said it was evil.
Rapids rides that allow people off ride to dump or shoot water onto riders are even better for that type of malicious fun. But many theme park fans welcome the drenching and consider any water ride where they don't get sopping wet to be a failure.
Other fans can't stand the idea of walking around in wet underwear all day. For many fans, it's the speed, thrills, and views on roller coasters and dark rides that makes their day at the park.
Designers are getting more and more creative in finding ways to blur the divisions that once separated dry and wet rides. We've got towering lifts on water rides now, even media in a hybrid log flume/dark ride, too. But maintaining water rides can be expensive, which is part of the reason why the biggest thrills remain on dry, tracked rides.
As with all our "which is better" votes, there is no wrong answer. Which makes the debate fun. It's all your preference. So let's hear your arguments. Cast your vote and join us in the comments to tell us about your best - and worst - experiences.
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