What that day did is made me want more waterparking. (Note the new verb). Not in Branson, and not only in this country. When I lived in Florida I was only two hours from Orlando yet never made it to the very popular Wet 'n Wild waterpark, but saw plenty of pictures and television ads about the place. Compared to many other water theme parks in the world it's a kiddy pool. No offense to W'NW's waterpark architects, this is simply fact.
A couple years ago the news network, CNN aired a segment on some of our world's largest waterparks. Here are some that I put on my Must See list, in alphabetical order by city.
Alberta, Canada - World Waterpark
inside Alberta's West Edmonton Mall, this is the world's second-largest indoor water park and has the world's largest indoor wave pool, with 2.7 million gallons of water.
Highlights at Watercube Waterpark include the funnel-shaped Tornado ride, Aqualoop slide and Bulletbowl, where riders shoot down an enclosed slide into a huge bowl.
Dubai, UAE - Aquaventure Waterpark
The Longest Slide. How one determines the length of a water slide I do not know, but wouldn't that be a fun job?
"So, Polly, what do you do for a living?"
"I am a Professional Water Slide Measurer."
"Fascinating. I've never before heard of that profession."
"There are only four of us in the world."
"Remarkable. You must stay quite busy."
"I do. Between the traveling, time zone changes and hours
spent on measuring, I log in a lot of air and water time."
"How exactly do you measure the length of a slide?"
"That's a trick question, right?"
Wondering how this interviewer ever qualified for the job I
shake my head and reply,
"With a Slide Rule of course."
(Groan, I know, I know, bad joke, but I couldn't stop myself from writing this mock interview...it just, uh, poured out of me). This park also has several water coasters and The Shark Lagoon, where visitors can hand-feed rays.
Beach Park's most famous ride is Insano, (translation obvious, even if you don't know the Portugeuse language), which like Dubai's waterpark also claims to have the world's tallest (135 feet/41 meters) and fastest (65 mph/104 kph) water slide. A giant half-pipe slide called Kalafrio, looks just as terrifying.
A gigantic wave pool and looping water slides are favorites at this South Korean water park. It also has hot spring pools.
waterpark. I'd rather swim in a pool of jellyfish than be trapped amongst hundreds of people waiting for the next big wave to not transport me anywhere but onto another person.
This park is far more than a waterpark. Canyoning, rafting, "motocrossing", cliff diving and offroad buggying are just a few ways you could spend a day here. They offer a water activity I'd not heard of: Blobbing. A blob is a huge air-filled rubber tube. One person, the "blobber", sits on one end of the tube, another, the "jumper", jumps off a diving board onto the blob, effectively catapulting the "blobber" into the air. For 12 year olds and up only. Reason for the age restriction is because the traveling trajectory of blobbers is unpredictable. Where and how they land in the water is an unknown. Could be you land on your back or head-first.
Nestled within all the water rides is a rainforest with 50,000 plants, a hotel and a nightclub. It's even possible to go for a balloon ride. All this, under one gigantic roof.
Siam Park is a Thai-themed water park on the island of Tenerife. I couldn't find information about how such a theme found its way onto Spanish soil, and water. Not only does it have all the standard water rides, the park also has a surf school that offers lessons for all ages.
and sharks. Gosh, can't think of anything more exhilarating than that, can you?
For those of you who live among the 50 United States and haven't been to this particular city you're going to say, uh, nope, I don't think so. I'm just telling you what I discovered on my research route. The "Waterpark Capital Of The World" is in:
What'd I tell you? Hard to believe, right? In this south-central city of Wisconsin there are four waterparks, three of them indoors. With a year-round population of 5500 people I figure that 96% of everyone who pays taxes in Wisconsin Dells must work at one of these parks. If you can't find something in Wisconsin Dells to entertain you then perhaps you ought to consider taking up sky diving. Or extreme snow skiing. With or without the use of a helicopter.
Any waterpark suggestions of your own?
Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet!