Six of the World’s Best Water Parks
As Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi prepares to open its gates later on this year, Kipp takes a ride through six of the best water parks from around the world that you must visit…
May 6, 2012 3:35 by Jyothi M.V.
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
As part of the US$40 billion (Dh146.92bn) Yas Island development programme, Abu Dhabi is planning to open its first major water-themed attraction in the fourth quarter of 2012. Yas Waterworld was launched at the Arabian Travel Market event last month. Offering 43 rides, water slides and attractions, this water park takes visitors along the adventures of Dana – a young Emirati girl in search of a legendary pearl which brought prosperity to the people of her village. Spread across more than 15 hectares, the water park offers the longest suspended roller coaster, surfing rides, a hydromagnetic-powered ride and the Middle East's longest water slide that are unique to the park. Also, in addition to the many rides, slides, it provides a full day’s entertainment with restaurants, shops and interactive games.
Location: Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Ticket price: AED 150 for adults and AED 100 for kids shorter than 1.3 meters.
Spread across 120 acres of land close to the Arabian Sea, Iceland can accommodate 15,000 people a day; the park also features a rain dance pool which can accommodate 6,000 people at a time. Iceland Water Park has the largest man made waterfall which measures 120′ tall and 540′ wide. It also has the largest assortment of 27 water slides.
Attractions includes Rocky Polar mountains which has the largest water slides, Penguin Bay a 6000 square meters rain dance, coral isle for snorkeling pool, aqua soccer for soccer fanatic, arctic wave pool adventure, tundra baths, kids cove exclusive for children and tundra baths.
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Ticket price: One-day pass costs US $44.99 (AED 165.23) for adults (12 – 54), US $35.99 (AED 132.17) for children (ages 3 – 11) and seniors (55 years or older)
Schlitterbahn has been voted the World’s Best Water park for 14 consecutive years by the readers of Amusement Today industry magazine and rated the number one water park in the world by the Travel Channel.
The 70-acre water park is the home of the world’s first surfing machine, 3 uphill water coasters and 17 water slides. Probably the most groundbreaking water ride at the park is the Master Blaster, which features jets of water that push rafts up and down hills down a 1,000ft track.
Recently it added a new attraction to its list of innovative water rides, The Falls – the world’s longest waterpark ride, which is a continous rushing river that also features a ride up the park’s first AquaVeyer (a conveyor belt lift hill) back to the start of the ride allowing for an endless never-ending float.
Unlike other waterparks that use chlorinated water, the water here is fresh spring water. During colder months, Schlitterbahn turns into Schlitterbahn Hill Country Christmas and riders can ice skate, enjoy food, shop, and watch shows.
Location: Tenerife, Spain
Ticket price: A €33.00 (AED 158.59) for adults and €22.00 (AED 105.73) for children (ages 3 – 11)
Siam Park features 29 rides, five bars and restaurants, a beach and a shopping area.
Top rides include: the Tower of Power, a 28-meter drop into a shark-infested pool; Giant, a centrifugal force-powered bowl; Dragon, a four passenger adrenaline pumping 20 meter-wide speed slide with a light show; and the Mekong Rapids, a white-water rapid experience will leave you screaming your guts out.
The Wave Palace is a machine that creates waves of up to three meters high, the greatest recorded man-made wave height in the world.
There is more to this wonderful park than you can imagine. One can stroll around the beach, watch the sea lions from Loro Praque and the Koi Carp swimming, shop at the authentic Thai-style floating market, head to the bar for drinks, or eat at one of the restaurants there.
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Ticket price: General admission for adults at US $49 (AED 180) and US $41 (AED 150.57) for children.
Blizzard beach, one of the two water parks at the Walt Disney World Resort, is home to one of the tallest water slides in the world. Attractions include: raft rides, toboggan slides, a one-acre wave pool, the Tike's Peak children's play area and intense waterslides. The most popular ride, the Summit Plummet – the tallest and fastest water slide in the world, is visited by around 1.9 million visitors. Summit Plummet features a 120-feet drop reaching speeds of up to 60 mph.
Location: Queensland, Australia
Ticket price: One-day pass for US $59.99 (AED 220.30) for adults, US $34.99 (AED 128.50) for children (ages 3 – 13 years), and pensioners.
Wet n Wild water park is Australia’s largest water park and the third largest water park in the world. Water World is part of the Warner Village Theme Parks family, and is located adjacent to Warner Bros. Movie World.
Most popular rides include the Kamikaze, Black Hole, Mach 5, Super 8 Aqua Racer and River Rapids, Giant Wave Pool and Calypso Beach.
Location: Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Ticket price: €33 (AED 158.59) for visitors aged 13 years and above and €19 (AED 91.30) for children aged 3 – 12 years.
WaterWorld is Cyprus’s one and only themed water park and the biggest water park in Europe, and has won over 24 international awards for Marketing excellence and innovation.
Every year over 3 million guests visit the park.
Top attractions include Chariots chase, Aeolos Whirlpool, the River Odyssey and Poseidon wave pool, Atlantis activity pool, Pegasus Childrens pool and the Trojan adventure.
Kamikaze slides, drop to Atlantis and the fall of Icarcus, are some of the adrenaline-fuelled rides.
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