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Hurricane Harbor to get "King Cobra" Tube Racer

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Just announced on Great Adventure / Hurricane Harbor / Wild Safari's facebook page and another announcement here, Hurricane Harbor will be building the first Cobra themed waterslide in the US. Here's a nice sample picture from my friends in New Jersey:

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Ugly colors considering it's supposed to be a snake.
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(02/13/12 06:35pm)PzP Wrote:  Ugly colors considering it's supposed to be a snake.

It's another installation of the ride somewhere else in the world (I would guess Europe but I'm not sure). I hope it doesn't have these colors either, red and white mixes well on a generic slide but not with that themeing.

ALSO MOAR PICTURES!!! Grinning

overview shot:
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over-exaggerated drop:
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Hi, bumping this topic to point out the ride has opened within the last couple of days. There have been a lot of issues this summer involving the ride that has lead to single tube operation and a 200 lb. weight limit.
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(07/31/12 09:09pm)B.Mac Wrote:  Hi, bumping this topic to point out the ride has opened within the last couple of days. There have been a lot of issues this summer involving the ride that has lead to single tube operation and a 200 lb. weight limit.

200-lb weight limit?

Do they have a scale to weigh people before they go on? LOL
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(08/01/12 04:31pm)Unagi Wrote:  200-lb weight limit?

Do they have a scale to weigh people before they go on? LOL

I mean it does make sense. Given the limited chute run at the conclusion of the slide it will limit the weight of riders. As we all know a heavier rider on a water slide will creat more contact area on the slide for the water to pass under thus reducing overall friction. That coupled with the higher momentum level of the heavier person it would create an unsafe scenario on the limited length chute.
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Alrighty I forgot to get back to this, but I've ridden this ride 4 times since it has opened and a review is definitely in order.

The ride basically stands between the lazy river and what once was the volley ball courts, there isn't much in terms of themeing other than the support structure being painted to bamboo and the fact that the entire slide is painted to look like a gigantic cobra body. The entrance is off a little ways but it's not hard to miss (I mean it's less than 50 feet from the ride how blind can people be?). The lifeguards are supposed to weigh you with a scale when you enter but all four times I've went they haven't bothered to check anyone, so if you're a little over 200 don't worry you should be fine. Anyways the ride is split into two queues, the cattle pen and the actual queue to the slide. The cattle pen was about 3-4 rows deep and only moved when the queue for the slide moved past a certain point, then the lifeguard would allow people to grab their tubes and walk on up. There is literally no shade in the cattle pen so pack some spare sunscreen or maybe one of those umbrella hats, they'll definitely come in handy.

After grabbing the tube, which is also themed to a cobra (please no Snakes on a Plane jokes), and walking up the tower I immediately realized why they don't allow that many people to walk up at the same time. It shakes, a lot. Every step a person makes, every little breeze, and probably a fly landing on it, will make the structure shake. As the line slowly dwindles the boarding point has a nice little surprise, SHADE!!! The top of the ride is covered from the sun, unlike every other ride in the park where you sit there and bake, which is a huge relief especially in UV 10+ / 90 degree F++ days. The life guards were very nice about allowing people to hop back and forth in line so they can shoot two people down at the same time, so you will be able to race with one of your buddies (or someone you don't even know).

Trying to embark on the ride is a huge strain. The boarding pool sits flat and then transfers into the actual slide, which sadly is a little tight for the tubes so it's very likely you'll get stuck and have to flail your way out of the situation. The slide is essentially two helices with partial covering throughout. At the end of the second helix you hit a straight section where you can faintly see the cobra head, and I'll be serious it gives you some good tunnel vision. Once you clear the light you'll drop down into the halfpipe section, catching a good bit of air time in the tube. Yeah I'm 100% serious, you'll be floating as you go down that drop! Hitting the bottom and sliding up towards the cobra's head. Depending on how heavy you are you slope up to a certain point on the cobra's head, some people are able to be "eaten" by the cobra while others don't come close. After possibly being "eaten" by Mr. Cobra you slide back and forth in the half pipe until you stop. Trust me it'll take about 6 or 7 passes to actually stop, so sit back and enjoy the rocking.

There you have it, a basic experience of King Kobra!

The scary thing is people well under 200 pounds are able to fly into the cobra's head, so imagine how high they'd go if there were two people. Oh right there's a little thing called a wall in the Cobra's mouth, you'll smack that real good like some lifeguards did...
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