The newly built road took us right to the entrance to the park behind whose gates we could glimpse the water wonderland which would provide us with a whole day’s worth of entertainment. Once in – in our case within a few minutes of arriving, with no long lines at the entrance – the full glory of the place was revealed.
After taking the compulsory selfie with the slides in the background and leaving our possesions in our lockers, we head for the Crazy Hills slide to get things rolling! It is a gentle water slide, 70 meters long, followed by a free fall and several take-offs and landings. It might seem mellow, but it is fast enough to make your adrenalin start flowing!
At the bottom of Crazy Hills we find our next stop – the two gems of Istralandia, and in my opinion the finest attractions the park has to offer – Fantasy Hole and Sky River. Both are 157 meters long, but while Fantasy Hole appeals to all the senses, playing with sound and visual effects, my top choice would have to be the Sky River, which most resembles a rollercoaster or rafting expedition. All three slides take us 15 or 20 minutes of waiting in queues, which when compared to Disneyland and Universal Studios feels incredibly short.
Tired of the slides, after an ice cream, we head for the Relax pool for a little rest. Its very name speaks to its purpose – relaxation. It is a hydromassage pool that stretches on two levels joined by a waterfall. After all the rides on the slides, it is a real treat to relax and enjoy the wonders of hydromassage.
Istralandia also has a fantastic kids’ pool with a number of small slides and features, as well as a pool with artificial waves and a surface of 2500 square meters! Diamond, double, ocean – it has every kind of wave you can think of. Some of the attractions, such as the 27-meter-tall slide we will miss today, while others we will be enjoying throughout the day! Besides us, there are kids and young people, as well as the elderly – every generation is present here.