Which option fits you best about riding Pompeii & Water Blasters?


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The debate has raged for weeks now, so here is your chance to put it all in one place. Vote and share your reasons why. This is a public poll. :cool:
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RE: Water Blasters @ Pompeii

My Vote is:

I DON'T CARE!

I'm tired of the people complaining about these things, don't go on a water ride if you don't want to get wet.

Plus I went on it Saturday, and I got soaked not because of the water guns, but because of the actual drop. Don't ever think that this ride won't get you wet, because it didn't in the past. It can vary. I don't understand why people complain, about something so minor, and something that the park will never take out because of "complaints."(that might have been a wee bit harsh)
 
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I choose "I don't ride and don't use the blasters" simply because I don't ride Pompeii and I don't use them. I have my own reasons for not riding Pompeii, but I would ride it just like I ride Roman Rapids all the time. It is a water ride I expect to get anywhere from damp to drenched to the bone.

As for the blasters, I would probably use them if I felt like spending the time and money. Honestly, it isn't something I go out of my way to do, but I would do it if I had the extra time and change.

Also, not sure if you know this CK but the blasters go off randomly if not in use so even if you guard them, they still may go off.
 
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I guess I'll try and speak for the masses here. I like Pompeii. It's a fun ride (nothing major) that can cool you off on a hot day. A mostly typical water ride except for the effects inside. I usually ride it 4 or 5 times a year.

However, I have no urge at all to use the water guns. It's not really a big deal, but I'd rather speed past them and run over to AC than receive dirty looks and some other not so nice things I've seen from the passengers. I think, for most of the people who selected "Pompeii but no guns", the ride is enough fun to skip the blasters.
 
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I actually enjoy the ride a lot, and usually ride it multiple times if I visit on a warm day. The building interior still provides a solid experience, and I love the smooth drop that draws such a contrast to Le Scoot's. As for the water blasters, I simply see them as a waste of time and money. If it's hot, I don't really mind being sprayed, but I know some people hate it. I consider it money that could be well spent somewhere else in the park, instead of soaking random strangers.
 
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Party Rocker said:
Also, not sure if you know this CK but the blasters go off randomly if not in use so even if you guard them, they still may go off.
Yes, we had a discussion on that last fall sometime when a "phantom" shot me directly in the head. I looked up and nobody was there. I usually like to lock eyes with the water sniper when we get hit. I like to feign shock & awe for the quarter-pushers; but I bear no ill will. I had expected to get wet by merely standing in line for this ride. :p

Also, the water blasts do seam to be truly random. I have seen the entire line of guns go off, one after the other in order. I have seen just a solo or duo shot. And they go off without a boat being around or even on the track. Is there anybody out there with some knowledge of how the water blasters are "programmed" to go off while in "demo" mode? I'm guessing they are independent of what is going on with the ride. I dunno though.
 
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BTW, I had a discussion with some ParkFans buddies about a controversial subject yesterday. I find it really interesting that many of the folks who say they don't like being hit with the water blasters when they ride Pompeii (or won't ride because of them) are often the very same quarter-pushers you can find on the other end of the water blasters. What gives?!? You know who you are... :p
 
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Natoma said:
...As for the water blasters, I simply see them as a waste of time and money. If it's hot, I don't really mind being sprayed, but I know some people hate it. I consider it money that could be well spent somewhere else in the park, instead of soaking random strangers.
That may be true, but I see people pumping one quarter in after another to soak those poor folks trying to Escape from Pompeii and be as dry as possible. Those things look like they provide more entertainment than standing in line waiting for your turn on Donkey Kong with your quarter waiting patiently on the cabinet. Must be close to pure profit for BGW. :cool:
 
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First of all, I would like to point out there just because it's a water ride, doesn't mean that it's designed to get you wet. Look at Pirates of the Caribbean, it's a water ride, but you don't get seriously wet. Granted, Pompeii is a ride that's supposed to get you wet, but frankly, looking at it now, putting such an awesome show building onto a water ride seems like a waste, as awesome as it is.

Just as it is reasonable to get wet, it was also reasonable to ride it and not get wet with some skillful seating. That's honestly the reason I would ride it, is because I knew where to sit without getting wet so I could actually experience the show building. However, those jets have turned that ride where the wetness was dependent on skill to luck, and there's simply no good way to enjoy that building anymore.

I really wish there was a way for the park to turn that ride into something else, but there's really no way to do it well.
 

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Look at Pirates of the Caribbean, it's a water ride, but you don't get seriously wet.

I classify rides like Pirates and Small World as dark rides more than water rides since they're not really designed to get you wet (although Pirates does have a drop).

In contrast rides like Pompeii and Splash Mountain are designed to get you wet, so riding them means you'll have a chance of getting soaked regardless of how you ride or whether or not you get hit with a water cannon.

- I also don't really classify the boats as a water ride either. Yes it uses water, but unless its raining, you're not supposed to get wet on the boats. :cool:
 
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I made that distinction in the post, I was just pointing out that there are water rides that exist where to don't get wet and Pompeii should have been one of those.
 
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