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Lots of Riders Take the Plunge

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Aquatica's signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, features side-by-side body slides.
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Aquatica's signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, features side-by-side body slides that shoot riders through a pool with black and white Commerson's dolphins. While the concept of "interacting with the dolphins" sounds intriguing, the experience may not be worth the wait. The slides begin in enclosed, opaque tubes and deliver fast, twisting rides in the dark. As riders enter the pool with the dolphins, the tubes change to clear acrylic. But, even if the dolphins happen to be swimming near the tubes--which occurs only occasionally--it's unlikely riders would see them, since the dolphins and the riders zip along so quickly. With lines easily swelling up to an hour or longer on busy days (see all those people on the stairs?), guests may want to skip the ride. But, as the next picture shows, that doesn't mean that they would have to skip seeing the captivating dolphins.

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