First in line was Istralandia waterpark, which I visited in mid-July, and even though it was a Friday, the park wasn’t too crowded. At the entrance to Istralandia, we exchanged our entrance tickets for receipts with a bar code that you have to scan. After putting our things in the lockers, we laid out our towels on the grass and quickly walked towards the first ride, which was Family Rafting – a quick drop down a waterslide on a float. Like at Aquacolors, most of the rides use floats, which makes them even more fun. The floats at both parks are quite big considering that they are intended for two people, and you have to carry them up the stairs. The idea of a “lift” for floats came to mind, which would give visitors more time to enjoy the rides. The attractions at both parks were well-designed and safe for all visitors. I would define Istralandia as a waterpark for the whole family, while Aquacolors, in my opinion, is a real adrenaline waterpark. In any case, both are orderly, clean, and well-organised.
As time passes, both at Istralandia and Aquacolors, the concrete gets hotter and hotter. Istralandia uses small misters to cool the concrete, while Aquacolors has paths with artificial grass leading from one attraction to the other.
Before entering Istralandia, you can buy a locker key bracelet which you wear around your wrist so you don’t have to worry about your belongings.
At Aquacolors, you receive a chip in the form of a watch, which you use to enter the waterpark, pay for food and drinks, and unlock your lockers.
Aquacolors also offers a photo point on its Family Rafting and Turbolance rides. If you want a photograph, all you have to do is scan your chip before you go down the slide, and before you leave the park, go to the shop where you can choose your photographs and how you want them delivered (via e-mail or copies you can take right away). Simple and practical – a great idea.
As far as the entertainment programme is concerned, both waterparks have a good entertainment programme for all ages. In addition to face painting, water aerobics/Zumba and other activities, you can be sure there won’t be a dull moment.
At Istralandia, it is clearly marked how tall you have to be to go on each ride.
At Aquacolors, most rides are designed for children taller than 1.10m.
The rides I liked most at Istralandia were Crazy Hills, Flying Boats and Space Rocket, while my favourites at Aquacolors were Turbolance, Magicone and Uphill Navigatour.