Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom’s Snake Pit (a water slide review)

We hit Dorney Park again this year and got to experience their new water slides at Wildwater Kingdom’s The Snake Pit: the Python Plummet body slide and the Boa Blasters and Constrictor tube slides. 

The Python Plummet is a body slides that starts with a trap door free fall drop from nearly 70 feet in the air, which means very little when you’re actually experiencing it because you’re in the dark.  First, they seal you inside the tube with this weird casket looking door (the door is clear, so it’s not as frightening as it may sound) and then you drop through the trapdoor.  After you pass through the trap door like last night’s pizza after a double espresso, you’re taking tons of water in your face, trying to get your bearings and then quite suddenly, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel peeks out at you and the slide ends.  It’s not as bad as I make it sound, and the start is unique, but basically, it’s a tube body slide with a twist start.  The other additions (the Boa Blasters and Constrictor tube slides), are exactly what they promise – they’re tube slides.  The Boa Blasters have some cool lighting effects, and that’s about it.

The best part about the Snake Pit is that there are six more slides at Wildwater kingdom.  Sure, they’re a little different from the offerings at Patriots Plunge (and maybe faster than most of them), but there’s nothing extraordinary going on.  For me, a water slide is a water slide; the only difference between them are the ones that give friction burns and the ones that don’t.  (These new slides fall under the “don’t” category, which is good!)  Until they find a way to take it to the next level (longer, faster, lights, music, something), there’s not a huge difference between Wildwater Kingdom’s various slide offerings.

For me, the reason to go to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is because you like roller coasters and you like water slides.  They might not have the best of each, but they have both for a single admission, and what they have is totally adequate.  I can’t recommend that you rush out there to specifically ride these new slides, but instead, go just because you like what they have to offer in general – and more slides can only help thin out the lines.

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Posted on July 15, 2015, in observations and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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