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A Review Of The Water Park (Cariba Creek) - The Centerpiece of the Hotel!
Splash Landings Hotel (Alton Towers)
Member Name: Moultz
Splash Landings Hotel (Alton Towers)
Date: 09/08/09, updated on 09/08/09 (319 review reads)
Advantages: Family friendly! Makes most of what it has to offer!
Disadvantages: Lack of slides. Annoying Queues. Overpriced Food
Let me begin with saying that I am not reviewing the hotel but the water park within the hotel. I have not stayed at the hotel only visited it recently on a day visit for the water park.
Cariba Creek is the centerpiece to the Splash Landings Hotel at Alton Towers. Just like the theme park I imagine it attracts many people especially during the summer months and increase the number of bookings for the hotel itself.
For one adult it costs just £14.00 which is a fair price in comparison to the £38.00 that they charge you to get into the theme park (mind you the theme park has a lot more to offer!) It was something new to the 4 of us who went and we all enjoyed the day but I think we were all let down slightly or maybe we just set our expectations of the place a little too high.
The park only has 3 slides. The Master Blaster, Rush N Rampage and Flash Floods. Alongside the 3 slides are The Lazy River, A Jacuzzi both indoor and out, an actual pool, small childrens pool and the Wacky Waterworks Treehouse which included the infamous Tipping Bucket.
The Master Blaster - 4/5 - A very entertaining slide. The use of water jets to push you and your dinghy at fast speeds around a bendy slide with a big plunge at the end. Great for everyone. You can do it both in singles and doubles. Only downfall with this slide and it's a big one was the queue waiting time. This could easily be solved by introducing more dinghy's. Spent almost 30 minutes in a 30 person queue!
Rush N Rampage - 3/5 - A decent slide. One that you can race against another person but it was nothing spectacular. Good fun and the queue was usually short.
Flash Floods - 2/5 - A series of short slides in which you chose your path but there was only 2 slides you could go on per time and none of them were anything special!
The Lazy River - 2/5 - A few water features to try and boost the experience on a very short river style pool. Poor
The Wacky Waterworks Treehouse - 5/5 - Cracking! I may be almost 18 but even I had a lot of fun on this feature. It is basically a huge climbing frame with lots of water features to wet other people! Lots and lots of fun for everyone. This also included the tipping bucket which is something special! Every so often a huge bucket would be filled with water and tip down the climbing frame onto those below. A great laugh!
If Alton Towers were to add to this water park they need to add a more exciting set of slides. Some steep ones that are at almost every water park around the world. Something on the lines of Summit Plummet (Blizzard Beach Orlando Florida) or the Jumeirah Sceirah (Wild Wadi Dubai)
Another downfall of the water park was it's lack of food and drink options. Basically you had to choose between an overpriced hotdog or and overpriced sandwich (£5.50!). We ended up getting back in the car and driving 15 minutes to the nearest McDonalds!
The park is very family friendly however with lots to entertain both kids and adults. The changing rooms were clean and tidy and easily accessible. Its worth the day out but if you have a choice between this and the theme park. Pay that little extra to go to the theme park!
Summary: A decent day out at probably the best water park the UK has to offer!
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