Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby coaster-mm » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:29 am

GwaziBSRider1 wrote:You're welcome! I recommend doing the mosque before Ferrari World. If you can get one, you don't want to miss a night ride on Formula Rossa!!

Ah, didn't think about that, thanks.
Originaly planned to do FW first but now I'm thinking about switching those 2.

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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby GwaziBSRider1 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:21 am

PART 3: Yas Waterworld
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love a water park

Cheesy Dr. Strangelove reference aside, I'm not a water park person. At least, I thought I wasn't until I visited Yas Waterworld. Our primary reason to visit the park was for Bandit Bomber, but on arrival we found it CLOSED FOR UPGRADES! It was the first credit of the trip to be closed, and we were so bummed. If we hadn't bought our tickets already, we probably wouldn't have entered, but we decided to go in and make the most of it.

The collection of tube slides here was fantastic! My favorite was Dawwarma, the world's largest launched slide. I had never ridden one of the launched slides before, and I was shocked by how fast it went, especially since it's a six-person slide! The best part is the final drop before the funnel; the airtime is great and you go CRAZY high up that funnel!! Dawwarma shares its loading platform with Falcon's Falaj, another launched slide, but even though it had some amazing airtime, I didn't like it nearly as much as Dawwarma.

Also in the tube department are the six snake slides, each one delivering a unique ride! All of them were fun, but I wasn't very impressed with the purple/teal one and the red/purple one. The purple/teal slide was strange with its rooms that were wider with higher walls. I'm not sure what the purpose of these are, but all I did was "rock" a little more. The red/purple one had an enclosed "toilet bowl" that traveled very slow. Keith actually stopped moving inside of it, and I had to push myself to prevent me from stopping.

Next door, the mat slide racer Sebag, was a great one! It started with an enclosed helix that ended with an incredibly fast run! I have great memories of riding the one at Idlewild, and Sebag blew all of those away! We also enjoyed the nearby Yadi Yas, which can best be described as a "not-so-lazy" lazy river. I've never seen one travel so fast before! I was shocked by how quickly we went around the loop, and sometimes it seemed more like a raft ride than a lazy river!

But then....there was THE slide of the park, Liwa Loop. This was the slide that I was most terrified to ride. It's one of the trap-door slides, and it has a loop! Not an inverting loop, but still...a loop. I had no idea what to expect from it. There was a small group in front of us, and I made Keith go before me. After hearing all of those screams from my fellow riders, I was petrified. I contemplated chickening out, but I knew I was better than that. I was wearing a swim shirt, which they made me remove as well as my glasses. I clutched them with a death grip as I stood in the capsule...waiting for the floor to drop. Then came the sudden freefall; I screamed like I hadn't screamed in years! Once I hit the bottom of the drop, I was overcome with water shooting up my nose and the rest of the ride is a blank to me. It was easily the most TERRIFYING ride I've ever ridden in my life, and I'd NEVER do it again!!! That being said, I definitely don't regret doing it, and I recommend everyone ride it at least once!

And onto the pictures! Again, some of the pictures were taken by Keith, and they're marked (KK). I hope you all enjoy! :)
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On the way to Yas Waterworld, we had to pass by Ferrari World. This place is MASSIVE! I couldn't believe how HUGE this building is in person!
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Ferrari World construction shot from the road! Don't worry, I'll have more of these!
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Here it comes!
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I see a Vekoma!
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Welcome to Yas Waterworld!
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Noooooooooo! Our first closed coaster of the trip. (KK)
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The entrance area of this park is GORGEOUS. (KK)
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I love how they built the main entry in a traditional architecture style. (KK)
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One of the first things you're greeted with is a park map!
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Such a beautiful centerpiece!
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One of the first looks at all of the intertwining track that encompasses most of the park.
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Here's the loop in the terrifying Liwa Loop slide.
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Another victim, er, rider splashes down after their ride on Liwa Loop. (KK)
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Looking up Bandit Bomber's skirt.
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I love how Bandit Bomber interacts with the central mountain and the other slides!
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Is that an Aquatrax??? ;)
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Sebag's curves and the Gerstlauer-esque slide.
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Such care went into the design of this park!
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Nerd shot!
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Trying to get a good shot of the construction. I'll have much better pictures in my Ferrari World update!
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Here's the lazier of the two lazy rivers. The not-so-lazy river was difficult to photograph. (KK)
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Here are the snake slides! You can go down them by yourself or with a friend on a double-tube!
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The green/tan one is the fastest of them all!
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This was the strange one. You can see the enlarged "WTF?" rooms, as I call them.
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The toilet bowl that tries to trap you inside!
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Do you feel lucky?
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The attention to detail is amazing.
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Here's where they were working on Bandit Bomber. Well, they were below here.
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Yep, this sucker's not opening today.
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Nerd shot!
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The Bandit Bomber plaza is quite nice.
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Across from the Premium entrance for Bandit Bomber, you can dive for your own pearls! It's such a nice nod to how UAE's economy first started years ago.
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More Bandit Bomber!
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The entrance to Bandit Bomber with a lady telling you its closed.
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Bye, Bandit Bomber! Hopefully, you're open on my next visit!
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The kid's play area is very nice! We waited 15 minutes for that bucket to empty, and it never did.
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You can even have your birthday party here! I hope you get to pet the camel!
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These glass beads were such a nice touch to the paths.
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Here's Dawwarma and its crazy high funnel!
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More of the gorgeous landscaping! (KK)
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Next door to Yas Waterworld, there's a big construction site! Only earthwork is being done on the other side of these walls right now (we could see it from the slide platforms; sorry, no pics). We suspect that this is the site of the proposed Warner Bros. park.
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Goodbye, Yas Waterworld! You've opened my eyes to water parks, and I'll definitely be back!! (KK)

Stay tuned for Part 4: Ferrari World!! Will we get to ride Formula Rossa, or is Bandit Bomber's closure an omen? FIND OUT SOON!
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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby I305forever » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:38 am

I always thought Yas Waterworld looked really cool but are the slides as good as they look? I didn't get the " Victim" thing. Are "looping" water slides uncomfortable?
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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby larrygator » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:54 am

GwaziBSRider1 wrote:Cheesy Dr. Strangelove reference aside, I'm not a water park person. At least, I thought I wasn't until I visited Yas Waterworld. Our primary reason to visit the park was for Bandit Bomber, but on arrival we found it CLOSED FOR UPGRADES! It was the first credit of the trip to be closed, and we were so bummed. If we hadn't bought our tickets already, we probably wouldn't have entered, but we decided to go in and make the most of it.


I probably would have done the same time, gone for the credit but made the most of if afterwards.
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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby GwaziBSRider1 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:06 am

I305forever wrote:I always thought Yas Waterworld looked really cool but are the slides as good as they look? I didn't get the " Victim" thing. Are "looping" water slides uncomfortable?


Yes, the slides are as good (if not better) than they look! The victim comment came more from the terror I experienced than the pain. I didn't find Liwa Loop uncomfortable, but some people did have large friction burns from it. Honestly, there didn't seem to be many people who were dying to ride it again.

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I probably would have done the same time, gone for the credit but made the most of if afterwards.


Considering it was over $60 for admission, it would have been stupid for us to skip it. Honestly, I had such a good time that Bandit Bomber didn't matter in the end. I'd go back regardless if it were open or not!
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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby larrygator » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:58 pm

GwaziBSRider1 wrote:
larrygator wrote:
I probably would have done the same time, gone for the credit but made the most of if afterwards.


Considering it was over $60 for admission, it would have been stupid for us to skip it. Honestly, I had such a good time that Bandit Bomber didn't matter in the end. I'd go back regardless if it were open or not!


What I meant to say is I would not even consider visiting Yas Waterworld if it didn't have a coaster, then again I would certainly ride some of the water rides if I paid $60 to get in.
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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:12 pm

Such an amazing looking place! From the photos it doesn't look crowded, were the lines long that day? How's the park's operation?

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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby azza29 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:32 pm

Great photos - I definitely plan to check this place out if I'm ever in Abu Dhabi.
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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby GwaziBSRider1 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:26 am

larrygator wrote:What I meant to say is I would not even consider visiting Yas Waterworld if it didn't have a coaster, then again I would certainly ride some of the water rides if I paid $60 to get in.


Gotcha. That was our idea, too.

gerstlaueringvar wrote:Such an amazing looking place! From the photos it doesn't look crowded, were the lines long that day? How's the park's operation?


It was absolutely empty during our visit! We went on a Sunday, which is the equivalent of a Monday in the West. We were only there for three hours, and we were able to do everything we wanted at least once. The only downfall was that we had Premium passes, their skip-the-line pass. We bought our tickets as a combo with Ferrari World, both having the Premium pass. Operations weren't an issue that day, considering there were probably less than fifty people in the entire park. Even at slides that had a short wait, they moved people through as fast as they could.

azza29 wrote:Great photos - I definitely plan to check this place out if I'm ever in Abu Dhabi.


Thanks! I highly recommend it!
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Re: Photo TR: Coasters and Culture of the UAE!

Postby cfc » Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:49 am

This park is not Indiana Jones approved.

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