I wrapped up that message by saying “we’ll have to wait until 2011 to actually experience the AquaDuck” since the ship’s inaugural cruise is set for January 26, 2011.
I thought that would be true, really I did. But it’s not. Not for me and a few lucky Disney cast and crew members, anyway.
A few weeks ago I was among the first people to ride AquaDuck! (Have I mentioned that I love my job?)
It was a chilly day at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany so we wore wetsuits for several solo rides down the 765-foot flume. Capturing our fun on the two-person raft was a high-definition camera protected with plenty of padding – and insurance!
I wish I could have taken all of you with me. Instead, I brought back this exclusive video to tide you over until the Disney Dream begins sailing out of Florida’s Port Canaveral next year.
Take a ride with Cruise Director Rachel Quinn as Peter Ricci of Walt Disney Imagineering describes some of the features that make AquaDuck a not-to-miss experience for our guests 48 inches or taller.
I’m in the video too but you’ll have to look carefully to spot me. Here’s a hint.
Now that you’ve seen AquaDuck in action, who wants to ride?