Moderate drops and speed. No seat belts. Moments of darkness.
Height requirement: 42 inches
Type: "Zip Coaster" uphill water coaster
At the end of the straightaway, a second conveyor sends the rafts up a small hill, then riders dive down a drop that delivers some nice airtime. The amount of float depends on the weight and distribution of the passengers. A third conveyor shoots the rafts up and into an enclosed tunnel. The darkness helps add to the suspense. Some cheesy green trailing lights inside the tunnel momentarily give the ride a low-budget Space Mountain feel. A smaller second drop provides another moment of airtime. That's followed by another conveyor belt propulsion up towards the rafters in the front of the park, another drop, and a final conveyor belt thrust up and into the unloading station.
The mechanics and sensations of a water coaster's G-forces are different from a traditional roller coaster. Unlike a coaster car, a water ride's raft is not tethered to the track (or more appropriately, flume), so the entire raft, as well as its passengers, can lift into the air and crash back down as they navigate the hills. Also, like nearly all water rides, the Zip Coaster does not offer safety restraints, and riders can experience varying degrees of airtime and jostling depending on how tightly they hang on to the grab handles.
Bring some earplugs along with your nose plugs
At low speed, the sound is annoying. When they accelerate into zip mode, however, the belts emit nerve-shattering roars reminiscent of an industrial-strength wood chipper or chain saw. It's hard enough to carry on a conversation in a cavernous indoor water park with the reverberating din of water cannons, screaming riders, and buckets of cascading water. The Kalahari's Zip Coaster amps up the cacophony to ear-splitting levels.
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