Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Aerial Antics: Dixie Landin' and Blue Bayou Waterpark

Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dixie Landin' and Blue Bayou Waterpark offers guests both amusement and water rides on the same property.  It would seem as though the water rides are a bigger draw, but perhaps that has to do with the weather in the area!

Guests are greeted by the red and black Voodoo, a giant family bowl slide.  The water park likes to build the "world's largest" versions of all its rides, and when Voodoo debuted this was no exception to that rule.

Another pair of huge slides can be seen here.  On the left is a Tornado style ride, named Azuka at the park.  To the right is a huge set of mat racer slides, aptly named the racers.  Blue Bayou has plenty of other slides, as well as a lazy river and wave pool.  Next year the park will see the addition of new AquaLoop slides, sure to be in some way the "world's largest" I'm sure!

Over on the Dixie Landin' side of things there are a bunch of different rides and attractions for visitors to explore.  Above is the Splinter, a classic log flume that features two different drops.  It is flanked by several flat rides, including the Flyin' Tigers, Zydeco Express, and the Gumbo Yo-Yo.

The park has some bigger rides, too.  On the left is the Ragin' Cajun (the park sure likes to end words with an n'), a Boomerang that was originally located in the United Kingdom.  The park's Hot Shot, an S&S creation, was moved from Miracle Strip amusement park when it closed.  The Xtreme, a Maurer Sohne spinning car coaster that came via the Netherlands, can also be seen.

The backside of the park contains another midway filled with additional rides.  Here we see the park's Ferris wheel, and a Rainbow ride - which are becoming increasingly rare these days.  The coaster seen here is the Galaxy, which was previously located at two different Louisiana parks: Pontchartrain Beach and Fun Fair Park.

To see Bing's aerial of Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin', click here.