there's one thing I've come to admire it's what I call creative innovation.
It's not that I don't respect technological innovation, but what I really
admire is the thought process that creates a fun or exciting new experience
using existing technology. Here's a great example, the technology to move a
car along a track has been around for decades, and so has the technology for
a human powered water gun. It's only relatively recently though that someone
had the creative spark of genius that created the Splash Battle.
This ride has
been phenomenally popular, with versions at Alton Towers with a Pirate
Theme, and a version at Walibi World and Flamingo Land with the brightly
coloured waterworks decorations, plus many other versions throughout the
World. When you consider it's a ride that will loose a lot of appeal on days
with bad weather it really has defied the odds with it's popularity.
How has it
done this? Well quite simply because it's an incredibly fun ride, that
anyone from toddlers to parents can enjoy. It's a ride that does rely on
interaction with other guests, I can see it being a bit of a dull ride on a
very quiet ride,
with no guests manning the water guns around the rides. Most of the time
though the whole experience of going round and trying to avoid getting wet
yourself is a great fun experience. It's one of the most pure fun
experiences I've ever had on any ride. Thinking about it I can't think of
any park where this wouldn't be a great addition. This is definitely one to
try if you get the chance.