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Duck v. Dunk – The Disney Cruise Line Slide Showdown

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Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!

How one small letter can make such a difference! The AquaDuck and the AquaDunk are so similar in name, yet so different in experience. Let’s dive in and see what makes them both unique!

The AquaDuck was the original of the two – first on the Disney Dream, and then a carbon copy on the Disney Fantasy. Now don’t go calling this a waterslide, because it’s so much more! The AquaDuck is a water coaster, with hills that propel you up before you dip back down, and it’s a first of its kind on a cruise ship. Don’t close your eyes at the start or you may miss your journey 12-feet over the side of the ship, 150 feet above the big blue! The entire 765 foot trip above Deck 12 only takes about a minute, and the wait will likely be one minute many times over, but it’s so very worth the giggles and the views! Little Duck riders must be 42” to ride with a buddy in the double tubes, but if you want to go it alone, you must be at least 54” tall. The AquaDuck is a little bit of thrill with a whole lot of fun. And if you ride and don’t wave to everyone on the pool deck below you, did you even really ride?

The AquaDunk is exclusive to the Disney Magic. This slide made its debut during the reimagining in 2013. There’s a few things  the AquaDuck did so right they bear repeating: Donald’s nephews make their return to introduce you to the fun, before sending you plunging over the side of the ship once again! But, that’s pretty much where the similarities end! The minimum height requirement is 48”, and the minimum bravery factor is…well, it’s pretty high. From start to finish, the whole splashdown is just about 7 seconds – but WOW is it seven absolutely thrilling seconds! That floor beneath your feet drops down and your heart rate jumps up! A word of advice: though the tube is not translucent, choose your swimwear wisely for this bodyslide! Oh, and screaming is totally okay–in fact, highly encouraged for the entertainment it provides those who are waiting for friends and family at the end. 🙂

Have you ridden both of DCL’s headline waterslides? Which is your favorite? Sound off for Team Duck or Team Dunk in the comments!

Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!

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Heather Keller, Storybook Destinations

If it's vacation, it's for Heather! When she is not on vacation (usually someplace with a big Mouse) or planning her own vacations, she is helping clients plan their own trips as a travel agent with Storybook Destinations. See the theme? She is lucky to have a husband that accepts her travel addiction, and two daughters who are already following in her wanderlust footsteps. Heather can be reached at Heather@StorybookDestinations.com

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