Overall my family and I had an excellent visit to Water Country! We visited on a Tuesday and arrived right at opening, the lines were reasonable not too long, and it was a fun-filled summer day! Here is my review of each slide at Water Country as I found some of the ratings given by the park to be inaccurate. WC rates on a scale from relaxing to Active to High Thrills to Extreme Thrills
1. Geronimo - Rated Extreme Thrills and accurately so! This is by far the most intimidating and challenging to put yourself on ride in the park. It is labelled as New Englands Most Exciting Water Slide. Is a very tall body slide with a scarily sharp slope that reaches extreme speed. Virtually no line for this ride as most are too frightened.
2. Triple Giant Slides- Rated Active, however with correct form one can gain decent speed with fairly sharp turns, I would say it is more of a High Thrills ride.
3. Warp 8- Rated High Thrills but I found it fairly wimpy, turns were not very sharp, speed was minimal, no considerable drops, I'd say it belong in the active category.
4. Black Hole- Rated Extreme Thrills- Certainly flows at a quicker clip than Warp 8 and has a solid drop at the end that leads to getting smacked by a water fall, but not deserving of the same category as Geronimo and the Dragon's Den. I give it High Thrills.
5. Double Dive Boggan- Rated Active- this is one of the most under rated rides in the park, as it gets a very short line, has a wimpy rating, however actually does take some guts to attempt, similar set up to Geronimo with a much more reasonable slope, and one goes down on a mat face-first, ideally diving to commence the journey. Definitely deserves High Thrills
6. Shoot- Rated Extreme Thrills, and does have a rather intense drop and accompanied by a quick water fall, but again not deserving to be in the same top tier category. High Thrills it is.
7. Thunder Falls- Rated Active. One of the two family slides. Fairly gradual descent, with medium paced curves. Active is the accurate description.
8. Wild Canyon- Rated Active- The latter of the two family slides. May be a bit more intense than Thunder Falls, but nothing remotely frightening. Accurately rated as active.
9. Screamer- Rated Active- Your basic water slide folks, no twists, no curves, but actually a fairly quick descent and some quality acceleration, ride is over very quickly but I would say its on the active- High Trills border.
10. Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror- Rated Extreme Thrills- WC's newest ride, and certainly one of its most intense rides. The whole ride is in the dark, and includes a very quick pace, rather vicious curves, and a sort of see saw affect in the chamber. Also the lighter person ends of backwards the whole ride. It is a good ride. It is a fun ride, but doesn't live up to its hype and is not worth an hour or so wait. Does however merit status as an extreme thrills ride.
11. Racing Rapids- Rated active. Ride seemed really wimpy. Slow current, curves were not sharp, probably a better ride for beginners. Accurate as active.
12. The Plunge- Rated Active- Very slow slide, very unambitious turns, would almost say it belong in the relaxing category to be honest, as it felt like a float through the park. On the border of relaxing-active
13. The "Adventure" River (although everyone still calls it the Lazy River) rated relaxing. Water Country has changed this ride within the past few years adding a giant Water Fall that is impossible to avoid, and multiple paths to take. Not overly lazy but still belongs as relaxing.
14. The Dragon's Den- Rated Extreme Thrills- No doubt in my mind the best ride in the park. The pace is unbelievably fast, the turns are very sharp, and the tube gets sent shooting into the bowl and depending upon your weight you can be whipped around the bowl anywhere from 1 to 3 times before slowing down. Justly rated as Extreme.
Overall it is an excellent park, a great way to spend a summer day. Fairly good variety of ride intensity, as there are multiple kiddie areas as well. Would definitely recommend bringing a lunch, and arriving right at opening. We hit every slide, and with reasonable lines it took us about 7 hours total (with a lunch break). My only issue is I felt most of the ratings were off, which hopefully I made clear here :)
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