Geeking Out with the Disney Dream, Part 6: AquaDuck!

The line for the AquaDuck is heading up the stairs against the red funnel. The line you see here is about a 30 minute wait. The ride starts in the upper left, loops out off the edge of the ship (it really does stick out over the ocean!) and then travels along the starboard side, curves at the bow of the ship, then returns up the port side. Photo: Patricia Vollmer

Yes, I’ve made it up to Part 6!  I didn’t plan to write this much, but I’ve received some really nice feedback from you and I keep finding more and more features to geek out about!

Today’s post will be about AquaDuck, a 765-foot water slide that will only be found on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy (when the Fantasy is commissioned later this month).  They’re the only cruise ships in the world with complete water slides on board.  I had to wait until my waterproof camera pictures were developed to do this one and I’m so excited about it!  AquaDuck starts inside the rear funnel and travels from the aft of the ship towards the bow, then goes under the front funnel (behind the Funnel Vision screen) and then continues back toward the aft of the ship, depositing you right at the bottom of the stairs so you can hop right back in line!

The view of AquaDuck from the docks in Nassau. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
Guests get to enjoy a great view of the pool deck while riding. Photo: Patricia Vollmer

If you’ve been to a water park, then there’s little more to be said about the ride.  It’s a standard inner tube-type of ride.  It’s a lot of fun!  I like how Disney (again) puts the kids first by allowing VERY young children to ride with a grownup.  I don’t think there’s a minimum size to ride, I saw kids as young as three years old riding with adults. My sons were allowed to ride alone, they are both taller than 44″.

I want to share some other fun things that make AquaDuck really cool for a Disney Geek like me.

There’s an adorable comic strip to read while waiting for AquaDuck — strangely, though, you have to read it from right to left. This was taken with a waterproof film camera and the viewfinder was tough to navigate. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
The rest of the comic. Which shows Donald overdoing things on the ride and smashing into the fore funnel. Ha ha! Photo: Patricia Vollmer
And there’s Donald in the funnel! Yikes! Photo: Patricia Vollmer

I was also fascinated with the conveyor machine that transports the rafts back up to the top of the ride. You can see it behind the kids in this picture:

There’s a conveyor that brought the rafts from the end of the ride straight up to the top. I also liked that my boys are old enough and tall enough (over 48″) to ride it together without an adult on board. Photo: Patricia Vollmer

I took this waterproof camera with me to get some pictures of the ride itself, such as the trip through the forward funnel, but the ride was so exciting I forgot I had the camera with me till the very end. I got this picture, but then found out that due to safety concerns, no cameras are allowed on the ride.

WHEE! It was a wild ride down to the base of the attraction, where that cast member to the right asked me to not take cameras on the ride in the future. Oops! Photo: Patricia Vollmer

Coming next — one more post about the cruise! I plan to bare my soul a little and discuss the onboard credit account and offer some tips on how to keep your cruise spending under control.

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Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 14. She serves part time as a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which for now is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.