Dreamworks is one of the best indoor waterparks in the country. Featuring countless thrilling body, tube, and mat slides, there’s something for everyone to do! In this post, I will rank and review the slides at Dreamworks!
Bubbly Lazy River
I will not be including the lazy river in my rankings, as it the ranking is intended for waterslides. However, I couldn’t skip reviewing the amazing lazy river. Themed to multiple Dreamworks franchises, like Shrek, Penguins of Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda. This is one of the best lazy rivers I’ve been on, it’s well-themed, long, and features interactive elements. This is a must-do for visitors of all ages, as this is a relaxing attraction with no fast-paced turns or drops. I cannot recommend the lazy river enough!
14. Kung Fu Panda Temple of Awesomeness
The Temple of Awesomeness actually features multiple slides, but I only rode the blue slide (the largest slide in the structure). This play structure contains multiple slides, paths, a giant bucket, and many other ways to get wet. I only rode the largest slide here. The blue slide is enclosed, but other slides in the structure are unenclosed – so the choice is yours!
13. Lemur Leap
Lemur Leap is a “toilet bowl” slide. Featuring one signature elements, the toilet bowl, Lemur Leap is a solid attraction. The slide portion before the bowl is average, featuring smooth turns. However the signature part of this slide is the drop into the bowl. At the end of the slide, riders ascend down a large drop into a spiral element shaped like a bowl of toilet. This is a fun attraction, just not on the same scale as slides later on this list.’
12. Speeding Frenzy
Speeding Frenzy is a tube slide featuring many compact, fast turns. The ride features multiple helices and a long ride duration. This slide’s lower ranking just goes to show the quality of the slides at Dreamworks. This is a smooth, long slide featuring many turns.
11. Dragon Racers
Some waterslides use tubes, some are body slides, but Dragon Racers is a mat slide. This means that riders lay face-down on a foam mat. I usually enjoy mat slides, and this was no exception. Dragon Racers is a little short, but that just makes you want to go around again! The uniqueness of this slide sets it apart from any others at the park.
10. Tube It!
Tube It! Is a 1-2 person tube slide. Featuring some fast turns and little drops, the slide is great for families and thrill-seekers alike! There isn’t too much to say as this is an average tube slide, a solid attraction, but not much more.
Carnivortex is one of the four “drop-pod”/capsule slides at Dreamworks. You begin by standing in a small capsule, before the floor drops out, similar to how a dunk tank works. After this (and a short free fall), you rocket around a tight helix before splashing into the end. While Carnviortex is very short, the extreme speed and anticipation in the capsule element more than make up for it.
8. Penguin’s Plummet and Majunga Jump
Penguin’s Plummet and Majunga Jump are clones of each other. The slide portion consists of a drop (yes, only one element), before a 5 foot free fall into a pool. The drop off at the end is the slide’s defining feature. Although the slide portion is short, the ending more-than makes up for it.
7. Zany Zigzag and Zanier Zigzag
These two body slides are extremely similar, so I will review them together. The two Zigzag body slides complement the slides higher on the list. Neither slide is particularly intense, still the length and smoothness lead to a very enjoyable slide.
6. Surfari Slider
Starting at the same height as Carnivortex, Surfari Slider features two consecutive drops. The first drop leads out of the ever-so-scary capsule, directly into the second dip into the splashdown. While this slide is extremely short, the sheer speed and airtime make up for the length. I prefer this slide to Carnivortex, because it features more signature drops.
5. Dragon & Dronkey’s Flight
While this slide is relatively mild when compared to the slides higher on the list, Dragon & Dronkey’s Flight is very long, well-paced, and very well-themed. The slide consists of little dips, sweeping turns, and the signature bowl element. Although slower than other “toilet-bowl” elements, the sheer size of the one on Dragon & Dronkey’s sets it apart. Before exiting the bowl, riders can spot a statue of Shrek sitting on a super-sized chair. At the end of the slide, a creature (Dronkey, I assume) covers the exit, enclosing the portion.
4. Shrek’s Sinkhole Slammer
Shrek’s Sinkhole Slammer features the most exhilarating element on any slide at the park. Featuring a massive drop into a 60-foot funnel, this slide is not for the faint-of-heart. However, the downside with this slide is the portions before and after the signature funnel element. The slide portion before features slow, mild, turns. The slide portion after the funnel is only a little more exciting. This slide contrasts the Swamp n’ Splash, as Sinkhole Slammer features 1, amazing element, while Swamp n’ Splash features 3 funnels, each a fraction of the size.
3. Thrillgascar & Jungle Jammer
While these slides do have two different names, they are exact clones of each other, the only difference being their color. These slides are defined by their extreme height and signature capsule/trapdoor element. I’ll be honest, I was nervous before riding these, you may be too after climbing the 17 stories to reach the top. Beginning in the trapdoor/capsule element, you are isolated from anyone else. A massive door closes, meaning you have a few seconds to wait, in extreme anticipation before the fall. A speaker inside the capsule plays a heart-beat sound, building anticipation. Similarly to a dunk tank, the floor drops out from under you, letting gravity pull you 170+ feet, at a nearly vertical angle. This is one of the most intense, exhilarating water slides in the world. At the bottom, you are pelted with water, from what feels like all angles. Overall, this is a can’t-miss attraction, even if you just want to ride for bragging rights.
2. Swamp n’ Splash
This was very close with Shrek’s Sinkhole Slammer, but I prefer more funnels to one massive one. Swamp n’ Splash features 3 small funnels separated by intense turns and dips. Each funnel features a fast drop and a large splash before proceeding onto the rest of the slide. This is one of the best tube slides I have ridden, make sure you don’t miss this amazing water slide!
1. Toothless’ Trickling Torpedo
Wow, wow, wow, this slide is so amazing! Toothless is a hydro-magnetic water coaster. This means that the tubes are launched by magnets throughout the course. Most waterslides use gravity to pull you down the slide, but Toothless features launches to speed the raft through the course. Toothless is a very long ride, featuring a conveyor lift, many turns, and an abundance of “airtime” hills, yes, “airtime” on a waterslide. I received “airtime” or the feeling of weightlessness during most of the ride’s hills and drops. Toothless starts off with a conveyor belt lift. To access most waterslides, you have to make an ascent up a hill or staircase to reach the top of the slide. On Toothless, the rafts are brought to the top using a conveyor belt, similar to what is seen at many airports. After this, the layout is fairly repetitive, featuring hills and drops, with enclosed turns in-between. As you can tell by this review, this was by far my favorite slide at Dreamworks. This is one of my favorite waterslides of all-time. I rode this 9 times during my visit.
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