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Tidal Wave at Thorpe ParkSubmitted by SilPho on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 19:42
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Water flume ride
Apr 7, 2000
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Standing at some 85-feet-tall, Tidal Wave was the tallest water ride in Europe when it opened in 2000. A classic “Shoot the Chute” ride, it sees guests boarding reinforced boats, which use lap bars to hold them in place. The boat then climbs to the top of the tower, before plunging down into a lagoon below that holds 3 million gallons of water. The impact causes water to shoot up into the air and soak riders, as well as shooting forwards into the 'Splash Zone' which is an area outside of the ride in which spectators can watch.Review:
One look at Tidal Wave will tell you everything you need to know about the attraction. If your goal is to get thoroughly drenched, then are few better (or more thrilling) ways to achieve it. If not, stand well clear!Top Tip:
We strongly recommend that those planning to ride Tidal Wave bring a change of clothes with them, and shoes that will dry out easily. If not, you’re likely to be very uncomfortable for the rest of your day at Thorpe Park.
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Reader reviews of Tidal Wave
These are the words of the first ride attendant I ever encountered on this ride. I was young and gullible and believed him. I was so trusting, I even agreed to go in the front row when no one else wanted to. This ride is a classic, but if you don't want to get wet, don't even consider it. No poncho on earth can save you once you're in. My advice, don't ride before 1pm, at least you'll then have some chance of drying off in the afternoon sun. Queues are very rarely longer than 15 minutes. Also, don't ride last thing. There is nothing more unpleasant than sitting in a car (or worse, on a bus) whilst being absolutely soaked.
This is a waterchute and does exactly what it says on the tin!
The drop is quite exhillarating as well. Queue times are always reasonable and the staff excellent in getting you on and off the ride which helps reduce the times. Be warned-You will not get splashed on this ride-you will get drenched!! just as you think that you have escaped the worst of the drenching, you look towards the sky and see a mountaing of water coming back down towards you!!