Aqua Duck testing video

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  1. StephenKay

    StephenKay DVC Member VWL 2001

    Dec 9, 2000
  2. Presentation

    Presentation DIS Veteran

    Dec 18, 2008
    You must be 48” tall????

    1 of my kids will be crying.

    I am very upset with this.

    We go to Kalahari, they have a water coaster, no such 48” height rule exists. I think they are at 35"

    The slide looks incredibly slow in one part of the video.

    Sorry for being so negative. We are booked on the Dream for the last week of March.

    Sourse on the 48" rule:
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  4. Kim&Chris

    Kim&Chris DIS Veteran

    Mar 23, 2000
    Wow, it DOES look slow. YIKES.
  5. Jme W

    Jme W Earning My Ears

    Oct 5, 2009
    I might be wrong, but the slow part looks like when you are going 'overboard' in the clear tube that hangs over the water. This is probably intentional so that you can enjoy the view, rather than zoom past at 30mph and not have a chance to see anything, rendering the overhang pointless.
  6. tikimimi

    tikimimi Pixie - Sgt. at Arms of the Pancake Sisters

    Jan 5, 2008
    Perhaps they are testing it to work out the kinks and slow patches; however, I would think that especially in the open parts of it, I would want it to go slower. Of course, this is coming from someone who when she weighed less than 100 lbs came out of a flume and landed in resulting in a broken arm.
  7. my2princessgirls

    my2princessgirls DIS Veteran

    Jan 10, 2006
    OP, thanks for posting this!! :)

    It actually says it right on that the height requirement is 48". We are planning to cruise on the Fantasy in 2012 and my youngest will most likely not be tall enough either (even though she will be nearly 8 - I grow short kids, LOL!). She will be sad, but I know that she will get over it (just like when she wasn't tall enough for Soarin', TT, BTMRR, etc.).

    AquaDuck is a thrilling "water coaster," whose entrance is on Deck 12, Aft aboard the Disney Dream. In a cruise industry first, Guests are propelled at high speeds from Deck 12, Aft through an acrylic tube on a breathtaking journey up, down, around and off the side of the ship, through the Forward Funnel and—following a mammoth drop—into a lazy river.

    Developed by the Disney Imagineers, this elevated water coaster—the first of its kind at sea—travels 765 feet and features an exciting 4 deck drop. It was designed for Adults and Children at least 48" or taller.

    AquaDuck affords breathtaking views of the ocean and ship below—that is, if you're brave enough to keep your eyes open during this exciting ride! It also offers a bird's-eye view of the exciting new pools available to family, kids and adults on the Disney Dream.

    Exact operating hours are soon to be determined. However, even when they are, operating times are likely to vary, so once you're onboard check the Personal Navigator—the Disney Cruise Line daily newsletter detailing all there is to see and do—for the most accurate times.

    Disney Cruise Line is currently putting the finishing touches on AquaDuck. Be sure to check back here soon to discover even more of the magic that's in store for you and your entire family during a one-of-a-kind Disney cruise vacation.

    Disney Dream images are artist renderings; actual construction may vary.
  8. JasonDVC

    JasonDVC DIS Veteran

    Sep 24, 2008
    Oh boy.... They are going to hear if it stays that slow. It looks pretty pathetic. They should come out now and tell everyone it will get faster if indeed they plan on making it faster.
  9. Angelhalo

    Angelhalo <font color=blue>Ok I was like crap I'm breaking r

    Dec 12, 2007
    Ummmm I WANT it to be that slow! I imagine the line for the Aquaduck is going to be LONG. If I am waiting in line for ages for something, then I want it to last long enough to enjoy it! I want it to feel like it was worth waiting a really long time to get on it. Not only that but half the appeal is the VIEW! if you're flying by in a flash, then you have no time to look at anything!

    I have no idea why anyone would want it to be over in 10 seconds and not be able to see anything before it's over in the blink of an eye!
  10. concept5123

    concept5123 Mouseketeer

    Feb 29, 2008
    im kinda happy it will be going slow so i can see everything in the clear tube.
  11. Disneynutbsv

    Disneynutbsv DIS Veteran<br><font color=deeppink>If I had kept

    Jan 16, 2005
    wish they were holding a waterproof camera for the whole journey!
  12. taswira

    taswira "Let It Go" - but carefully guard your secrets!

    Jan 1, 2002
    I think DCL says it moves at speeds of "up to 20 ft. per second," but that's at its fastest part (the end? - lol). It's presumably a 90 second ride, but testers reported it as 65 seconds from start to finish. So yeah, maybe you wouldn't want it to go faster and end sooner, but too slow and there sure seems the potential to get stuck. :upsidedow
  13. nettii

    nettii DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2006
    :goodvibesCant wait!
  14. cwdefouw

    cwdefouw DVC Member since 1999

    Oct 31, 2007
    It seems to me that it will like be a fairly slow ride with a couple of quick drops, uphill sections, and tunnels to add the thrills and excitement. I don't believe it was designed to be a speed slide. Going all the way back to the first animations that were published, it showed the riders going pretty slow it definitely did not appear to be a speed slide.
  15. CTXRover

    CTXRover Mouseketeer

    Jan 9, 2005
    The second half of the slide (the straight part after going through the forward funnel) is meant to be a "lazy river". It is not meant to be a speed slide in this section.That is the part I believe seems to be slow, at least in the videos. It just happens to be well above the deck and allow for a nice view. Plus, if the ship is moving at all, it will probably add for a bit more fun.

    The fast part with the drops and hills (the water coaster part) seems to move at a pretty good pace and comparable Crush n' Gusher in terms of speed.
  16. budbeerlady

    budbeerlady <font color=blue>I call DH The STREAK!!<br><font c

    Apr 27, 2005
    I cannot wait to ride this, after dd in line of course. LOL! (You KNOW she isn't going to let Mom line up in front of her.)
  17. grits98

    grits98 Mouseketeer

    Aug 23, 2010
    I hope they can speed it up some. Otherwise it is going to be booooooring.:snail:

  18. bonzie1

    bonzie1 DIS Veteran

    Jun 19, 2000
    Thanks for ths info. I was relieved when I watched that it won't be a zoom, zoom ride... folks can go to the water parks for that. I want to enjoy the ride, and the view while at sea however "slow" it might be.

    I can't wait for the cruise and the Aqua Duck! :goodvibes
  19. skiingfast

    skiingfast <font color=teal>Has had no bacon<br><font color=b

    Mar 12, 2010
    I'm sure it will feel fast on the slide than watching the video of it. It's perception. Not many people can estimate how fast they are going and this adds to the rush.
  20. MNBrooke

    MNBrooke Even a Pirate Needs Good Mates

    Feb 12, 2010
    I would assume they are starting very conservative on the 48" minimum height. It will be easy to adjust down after they have it complete and also leave room for discretion of the crew on the ship.
    More people would be upset if the raised height from 42" or 36" so easier to start high and lower.
  21. Friscorays

    Friscorays Mouseketeer

    Feb 11, 2010
    I would not count on that. The 48 inch height requirement, established to insure guest safety, is very likely to be both enforced and unchanged (just like the height requirements at the parks). Disney spent at least two years designing the ride so I am pretty sure that they know who it can (and can not) safely accomodate.

    I love both Disney and thrill rides but do not necessarily think of either in the same sentence. Disney rides are as a rule tame enough to accomodate the majority of their customer base. While I am looking forward to riding Aquaduck if one is expecting it to be a true adrenaline rush, I think the most likely result will be disappointment.

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