*Our writer and her family were hosted by the Noah’s Ark for the purpose of this review*
Last Tuesday, we spent the day at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells, WI. It was a great experience. In the words of my boyfriend,”the only thing that could’ve made it better was escalators and elevators”. Hahaha!
On to the Rides!
I was very impressed with the cleanliness from the parking lot to the attractions. The foliage/landscape was beautiful, the color scheme of the rides and buildings were bright and fresh, the music was fun and appropriate, the staff was friendly and helpful, and I saw smiles on all of the visitors. I only noticed two rides that still need to be painted, but it wasn’t major. May I suggest changing the name of Black Thunder to Lightning Storm and painting it yellow or purple? And changing the paint scheme from black to purple on Time Warp?
I was very surprised at how clean the picnic area was… the only suggestion I have is to brush down some of the cobwebs… but that’s me reaching to find something to suggest! There were no bird droppings or bugs or smells from the trash cans, no sticky residues on the tables, and plenty of shade!
I also appreciated the short distances from parking to the gates. Even the distance between ride entrances was short. You can take a stroller anywhere, except the Bahama Falls and Black Thunder but I see no need for a ramp. The park is not overwhelming. In fact, I think its streamlined and well organized.
We absolutely enjoyed Paradise Lagoon and Tadpole Bay! Very creative and fun! The best part was the ziplines!!! We also liked how wide Adventure River was. The kids suggested, and I see their point, that letting some in without tubes would shorten the wait. Chula Vista does not require tubes.We rode every attraction except the ones that were closed or had too long of a wait. The lines were short and fast otherwise. The life guards were attentive and the chlorine content was not overwhelming!
The only dislikes we encountered were paying for parking, the high cost of a locker, waiting on rafts for Dark Voyage and 4 rides being closed/3 with excessive waits.
Just a note there is a parking fee, so be prepared for that. It is $10 for preferred and $5 for non-preferred. Consumer Tip: Park in non-preferred since there are shady spaces, more picnic tables, and its closed to the Big Kahuna (wave pool) since that’s most likely where you’ll end up anyhow. Why there? Near the Adventure River (aka lazy river), ample lockers, gift shop, kiddie section, food, and an easier path to hit up every ride.
The cost of the lockers: $20 for extra large, $15 for large, and $12 for small. The large barely fits 2 bags. Consumer Tip: the large fits 1 backpack and a 1 medium size purse.
A BIG THANK YOU to Noah’s Ark for putting smiles on our faces! This is an excellent park and we would come again!
*All or part of this trip was provided free or at a reduced cost for review purposes. However, the opinions are solely those of the writer.*