Every year, I usually find myself in the Dells at a famous waterpark known as Noah's Ark - America's largest waterpark. It's been a tradition for the past few years. This year, I was there for the first hour, but things panned out a bit differently than they normally do. Because of the weather, I ended up at two more parks after Noah's Ark. Read on to see what really happened and why I ended up in three parks instead of the usual one park.
In the above photo, the first drop and uphill can be seen through the trees. Black Anaconda does things differently than most waterslides, as it utilizes conveyor belts to rocket the rafts uphill after they have traveled down a hill, resulting in a very long experience. Black Anaconda is one-quarter mile long, and is the third longest waterslide in America, being beat only by Wildebeest and Mammoth, which are both located at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.
Since it was around noon, we left the park and headed out for lunch at Culver's hoping that when we returned the rides would then be open. We left Culver's and the skies still looked very dark, so we decided to kill a bit more time. On our way to ride a roller coaster at Timber Falls Adventure Park, a go-kart track caught out attention and we did those, and then headed to Timber Falls for Hellcat - the roller coaster.
After Timber Falls, we headed over to Noah's Ark only to find it would be closed for the remainder of the day. We headed in to grab our belongings out of the storage locker, and went to talk to Guest Services to try and get ourselves a refund - we were only there for an hour and we could have been there for almost seven if the park hadn't closed. Luckily, we got a refund. I was just disappointed about the park's way of handling an issue like this, because the weather cleared out around the time when the park closed - and the Dells area was clear for the rest of the day. I just thought it was a bad decision because it didn't help anyone. The park made no money that day, because they either handed out refunds or rain checks. Also, it didn't help the guests, because they couldn't have fun at Noah's Ark that day. Finally, it also didn't help the employees, since they only got paid for the three hours that they were there (they get paid hourly).
Anyway, we decided to make the most out of the day and head to another park. We were thinking Mount Olympus, which had four wooden coasters and a large waterpark. We asked a group of Noah's Ark employees as we were heading out which would be the best place to go if we wanted to do something, and they confirmed that Mount Olympus would probably be the best place to go. Also, while we were heading to Mount Olympus a billboard informing drivers on the highway that it was only fifteen dollars to get into Mount Olympus for the day. Yes, just fifteen dollars! Could Noah's Ark being closed possibly be a blessing in disguise?
Just in case an amazing pre-lift section including airtime hills and a fifty foot drop, a 140 foot tall drop, and an 800 foot long pitch-black tunnel wasn't enough for you, there is a barrel roll that greets you right as the train comes out of the tunnel. The barrel roll is really a treat - there are only three wooden roller coasters that invert riders as of August 2014, and this was the second one to do it! (The first was Outlaw Run). The barrel roll is truly an interesting element to traverse - you can see the whole world turning around you as you ride through it.
Pegasus is a short coaster, with many turns with "lateral slams" (where you are slammed against the side of the trains violently from the lateral force - they're not a fun thing!), and a few airtime hills. I saw this as more of a "bridge" coaster (transition from a kiddie coaster to a large one), but it was probably too intense for the littler ones to enjoy because of the lateral slams.
Here are some riders at the bottom of that drop, about to turn into an airtime hill. This section was considerably smoother than the other sections. The layers of wood on the track are a lighter shade in comparison to darker supports, indicating that the section with the second drop and turn was recently re-tracked, meaning it would be smoother.
The newest expansion to Mount Olympus is this interactive slide complex with many slides that wouldn't usually be found on this type of structure. The first one we rode was the bowl slide, which started out fast, but when you got into the actual bowl, the speed decreased greatly. I think that part of the issue was that the entrance chute to the bowl was too high on the wall of the bowl for the amount of speed, so you would just quickly travel down to the center of the bowl, losing speed.
The remaining slides on the Triton's Tower slide complex are Triton's Fury and Rage. They are completely different experiences, as the yellow slide has a twisting layout with fun banked turns, and the pink slide is a high speed triple dip slide that goes faster. If I had to choose one, I would probably go with the former, as it was a longer experience and had a more interesting layout.
All in all, it was a great day. After the day at Mount Olympus, I decided that Noah's Ark closing was really a blessing in disguise, as I got to ride some great coasters, and discover one amazing park. I definitely would visit the park again, to ride the coasters again, cool off on the slides, and do some other rides that I didn't end up having time to do - the go-karts there looked completely spectacular (one even went through a Trojan Horse a good thirty feet in the air). I had a great time in the Dells, and hope to be back soon . . . despite the fact that some of the city is totally tacky!
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.