Aqautica, Medieval Times

Trip Start May 12, 2010
Trip End May 27, 2010

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The giant villa

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Monday, May 17, 2010

My first ever full size water park, a day filled with thrills, spills and a lot of water, both in a pool and from the sky.

It was pretty overcast today, the sky looked like a typical English day, but it was still 30 degrees. It was a good thing really, because I could avoid any major burning incidents. The first ride we went on was the Dolphin Plunge. On the adverts it looked like you'd leisurely glide through the tube, feeling as if you were actually swimming with the dolphins on either side of you. Unreality you hurtle through at about 100 miles an hour and couldn't’t really tell if you were flying past a saucer full of goldfish. Russ swore he saw a dolphin,but had to basically slow himself down to snail’s pace to do so.

Next up was Tassie’s Twisters. You have to ride down this together and it sends you into a giant bowl which you ride around until you drop through the  hole. Basically, you put two, nearly 30, slightly overweight, dudes on this thing, and you know you’re going to get some serious air. We ended up backwards most of the time.

Russ decided to see what would happen if you didn’t hold onto the raft on the HooRoo Run, and ended up being slammed out of the raft,giving himself some serious water burn. The coolest old dude who was on duty was like 'I told you to hold on’. Now you know why.

Like Seaworld the day before we could see a storm rolling inform the distance, and at about 4pm the heavens literally tore apart. I have never seen rain like it, for a good hour it just fell down constantly. They ended up closing the park early, but Russ and I decided to pelt it to the car from the changing rooms. Hardly seemed worth having a shower because once again we received a total drenching, there seems to be a bit of a pattern forming here.

This evening we went to Medieval Times. We come from the land of castles and so it was pretty funny watching American’s trying to relieve the realms of knights and ladies. We were cheering for the Red Knight, who actually looked like our friend Rob on a horse. For authenticity you had to eat all of your food with your hands, and I really wanted one of the Medieval Times metal plates. We got to have our picture taken with the awesome bearded King, but at30 dollars we decided against actually buying it. It was seriously cheesy but great fun. Unfortunately our Red Knight did’t win, but I think we had the loudest crowd.

Ride count – Dolphin Plunge (There were dolphins ?) x 3,Tassie’s Twisters x 6, HooRoo Run x 3, Walhalla Wave x 2, Roas Rapids x 2,Loggerhead Lane x 2, Taumata Racer x 5, Omaka Rocker x 6, Walkabout Waters x 1.  
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Russ on

I feel like I've started a bit of a trend judging the people that I have seen around the parks, through their poor choice of fish based clothing and bizarre body art, so I'm going to carry on. I thought the water parks would be prime tattoo spotting but there were only a couple of stand outs amongst the sweet tribal and the galaxy of stars. Like the guy who had Only The Strong Survive Tattooed up his arms and a mighty dragon back piece. However, I choose you tattoo of a Pokemon ball with someone initials on it as my favourite of the day.

This was also the day that Dan as you know him ceased to exist, when he returns you will struggle to recognise him because Dan now consists of 90% sun cream. He has bathed himself in so much sun cream he looks like Casper the ghost. The only person to go to Florida and come back whiter than he went.

Speedo Count: 1

Larah on

Hahahaha. I'm loving your blog Dan, and the Russbot updates too. You really should have contacted MTV to follow you around, make a show out of your adventures and get the whole shabang paid for with extra expences (handy for photos with bearded kings). ...2nd series please!

Nat on

Aww so jealous of the waterpark and the medieval times! They were my two fave places. I hope you put your croatian swimming lessons to good use Dan x

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