I went back to Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii yesterday to check out the two new rides. The Island Racer is a huge improvement over the previous Volcano Express. There are twisting tubes attached to the top of the previous slide that makes it a faster, longer ride.
You still use the same blue mats and ride on your stomach head first. It’s a little intimidating looking down into the dark tunnel when you first enter the ride. You gain speed as you progress down the tunnels and the last section of the tunnel has a steep drop which sets you up for the open-air slide finish. A ton of fun!
What’s a sadder sight on a hot day than a cool-looking water ride that is closed? I didn’t get to go on the Raging River ride yesterday because its opening has been delayed. I asked a couple of park employees about why it wasn’t open and heard the phrases “safety issues”, “paperwork”, “permits”. No opening date was given but I got the feeling that whatever problems they were having were minor and that it would be open any day now.
Here is a video I just uploaded to You Tube as part of my ArmchairHawaii.com website: