Disney Cruise Line Debuts the Cruise Industry's
First-Ever Onboard Water Coaster: AquaDuck!
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. Disney Cruise Line debuts the cruise industry's first-ever shipboard water coaster ' AquaDuck ' aboard the new Disney Dream. Guests have the opportunity to get swept away on an exhilarating flume ride above the upper decks of the ship and even out over the ocean.
Stretching 765 feet in length and spanning four decks in height, AquaDuck utilizes powerful water blasters to propel guests, creating an experience that 'is a combination of a water coaster and a not-so-lazy river,' says Peter Ricci of Walt Disney Imagineering.
From high atop the aft funnel, on Deck 16, guests begin their voyage by boarding a specially designed two-person inflatable raft.
Almost immediately, AquaDuck quickly takes an exciting turn. Following an initial drop, guests glide through a 'swing out' loop that extends 12 feet over the side of the ship. Surrounded only by the clear acrylic flume, guests get a breathtaking view of the ocean surface about 150 feet below.
The excitement amplifies as riders experience the up-and-down sensations of a coaster, defying gravity in a torrent of gushing water, with high-powered water jets accelerating guests upwards and forwards via some of today's most advanced water coaster technology.
As the ride continues, guests are whisked into an enclosed tunnel. Specialized lighting surrounding the flume provides a magical effect as riders travel through the forward funnel where kids in the tween club can catch a shadowy glimpse of guests through special windows as they whiz by.
Emerging from the funnel, guests swiftly glide along a stretch of river rapids 335 feet in length, providing a stunning panorama of the ocean and the ship's upper decks. Then comes a whooshing splashdown on Deck 12.
When the sun sets, AquaDuck immerses guests in a unique nighttime experience combining the thrills of this one-of-a-kind water coaster with customized lighting and stunning views of the nighttime sky.
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AquaDuck Fast Facts
As a convenience to guests, a conveyor system lifts rafts up from Deck 12 to the ride launch on Deck 16
AquaDuck is the first and only water coaster onboard a cruise ship
The length of the entire attraction is about 765 feet ' more than two and a half football fields
The length of the river rapids is about 335 feet
The overall height of the ride is roughly 46 feet ' equivalent to four and a half stories
High-powered water jets accelerate guests upward and forward
Approximately 10,000 gallons of water per minute propel guests through the attraction
The loop that extends over the edge of the ship is about 150 feet above the ocean's surface
There are three portholes in the tween club that provide silhouetted views of AquaDuck riders as they pass through the funnel
The minimum rider height requirement for AquaDuck is 48 inches
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