First, I would like to
comment Coaster Kingdom on writing entertaining and funny reviews while
being completely informative. I laughed out loud five or six times
during the course of the El Rio Grande review alone (okay, so I laugh a
lot). Now for my review. Here we go.
El Rio Grande is a complete and utter
surprise, as has been stated. I recall staring out at the course from
the queue while being dragged along by my wet-water-ride-obsessed
sister, thinking, "Oh, no, it's worse than Rumba Rapids".
Boarding was dull, as usual. We drifted out into the water, and slowly
approached the first ripple- I mean, wave.
Ahh. AHH. AHHHH WE'RE SINKING OH MY GOD
Thus followed one of the most amazing
water rides I have yet to experience. Every little wave and splash made
the boat bob what seemed like four feet.
Amazing. And strange.
is truly remarkable. I think the first picture on the CK review sums it
up... it's all about the boats.
The course is no more
exciting then Rumba Rapids, but the boats make the experience truly
fluid and breathtakingly good fun - as water surges around you.
Your feet are deep
below the water line, and the waves rush past your elbows, at points completely
cutting you off from your fellow travellers as the sections between the
compartments disappear under the wash.
Bizarre angles cause
unexpected splashed aimed at all and sundry, and there is no predicting
exactly what will happen at any point - as even the tiniest wave can
engulf the entire boat.
What really makes this
ride stand out for me, is that it is the only rapids ride where I have
felt like I am actually rafting down some rapids. This is as real as it
gets, with water gushing around you threatening to complete submerge
your compartment, but never actually doing so.
It's a completely
unexpected genius, and I can only wonder what would be the result if
these boats were placed onto a truly entertaining rapids course...