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MAR-APR 2018

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55 55 Here are some park rides not to be missed at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels: The Boogie Bahn was developed by the Schlitterbahn in 1980 to mimic waves and allow park visitors a chance to ride these swells with boogie boards. The sheet-flow technology was the first in the U.S. with each of the ride's two pumps generating 50,000 gallons of water a minute. And with both pumps working, expert surfers can pretend they're on the ocean. "We can create almost a full barrel like surfers use," said Darren Hill, the general manager. (For the less talented, surfing lessons are available.) Schlitterbahn also created the world's first uphill water coaster, the Dragon's Revenge, utilizing several pumps throughout the ride to keep visitors flying up and down. On the Revenge, there are nine jets each pushing 1,000 to 1,500 gallons of water a minute. "It gives you that roller coaster feel," Hill said. The Torrent River, meanwhile, operates as a lazy river, but in a loop; it keeps folks floating without break. Every few minutes, however, tidal waves wash by, giving floaters a fun boost. Another river with a twist is The Falls—the longest water ride in the world that contains both fast and slow-moving waterfalls. To get folks to a certain height to enjoy these falls, there's a conveyer belt that pulls floaters up, a fun experience itself. The entire ride lasts 27 minutes, but visitors may remain in the loop and ride continuously if they want to. There are also many entrance and exit spots so it's also a fun way to get from one part of the park to another. Thrill rides include the Master Blaster, a three-story pretzel voted the best water ride in the country many times over. Then there's the the Skycoaster, which mimics skydiving and hang gliding and the 45-minute Raging River Tube Chute. The River Tube Chute flows past Schlitterbahn landmarks and the Congo River Expedition, a slow-moving tube float that's perfect on a hot Texas day! Accommodations Schlitterbahn offers a wide variety of accommodations and, best of all, admission to the waterpark is included for resort guests. We enjoyed the Schlitterbahn Lofts with its full kitchen, living area, decadent bathtubs and balconies overlooking the Comal River; it's luxury living that makes you feel like you're in a treehouse. Other accommodations include the original resort at the Bahn that's similar to a motel, and the Riverbend Cabins and Treehaus suites located inside the new park. Did you know? The water used in the Schlitterbahn parks is filtered with a sand filtration system and UV lights to kill nasty things like bacteria before it's recycled back into the mix. No water is wasted. "The water we start the season with is the water we end the season with," Hill affirms. The large pumps used to fuel the rides can pump as much as 55,000 gallons of water per minute. For more information, visit https://www.schlitterbahn.com.

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