Water rides are amusement rides that are set over the water. For instance, a log flume travels through a channel of water to move along its course.
Both outdoor and indoor water parks offer similar types of rides and attractions that typically include basic water slides, wave pools, lazy rivers (and their more aggressive offshoots, action rivers), pools with lily pad walks, basketball hoops, and other activities, and interactive water play structures with sprayers, tipping buckets, and other ways to get wet. Depending on the size of the park, it may offer all of these attractions.
There are three basic types of water coasters:
- The most popular is known as a Master Blaster. It uses strong jets of water for the uphill sections of track, while gravity and a more gentle current of water takes care of the downhill and straightaway sections. The original Master Blaster is Dragon’s Revenge at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels in Texas. Many other parks have Master Blaster-type rides such as Crush ‘n’ Gusher at Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon.
- Another type of water coaster uses magnetic induction technology. Instead of water jets, it uses magnetic strips embedded in the rafts and linear induction motors in the tracks to send passengers uphill. Splashin’ Safari Water Park at Holiday World in Indiana has two huge HydroMagnetic coasters. Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando has a wonderful magnetically launched ride, the Krakatau Aqua Coaster.
- A third concept uses fast-moving conveyor belts to catapult its rafts uphill (think of a grocery store checkout belt gone haywire). These are sometimes referred to as Zip Coasters. When the belts kick into high gear, they can make a loud racket. The Kalahari indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio has a Zip Coaster.