Thursday, November 09, 2006

Concerning Theme Parks



I love theme Parks. Its a pity they all rip you off so badly. Theme Parks rule. I also love Water Parks - I try to visit a Water Park in every country I visit ( at least that's what I'm trying to do for the past few years. Didn't see any Water Parks in Saudi Arabia - I guess the Wahhabis discourage bikinis and boardshorts) so far the best I've been to is Waiwera in New Zealand and Wild Wadi in Dubai. Waiwera is a thermal resort, so when you leave the slide you fall into a pool of water that's about 35 degrees Celsius! Boy was I shocked the first time I hit the water. I felt like a frog being thrown into A pot. But once you go heated, cold water just doesn't cut it. The one in Singapore was cheap. Wild Wadi cost me like 200 rands.
We have a cool over priced water Park in Durban - uShaka Marine World. Its quite decent for a local Water park- a good selection of slides, next to a beautiful aquarium, and housed ina shopping complex that has KFC. What more can one ask for. However, ticket prices are steep, and it saddens me that locals (Durbanites) aren't given more discounts. We had an amazing water park in the Village Green area ( Now the site of the Suncoast casino) sadly this was destroyed in an effort to put all resources and revenue into the Ushaka project. The Old Waterworld rocked for two reasons. Firstly, it was relatively cheap, and second, they didn't give a shit about safety- the slides were more dangerous, they let you 'chain' and block the tube slides, you could braai on the grassy area. Aah. Good memories
If you wondering, that's my smaller sister and I standing at the entrance of the Cadbury Land castle, a theme Park within A theme park (its in Rainbows End in Auckland New Zealand) My nieces, Rumaysa and Moeena take up the rest of the picture

16 comments:

!Joe! said...

well...that picture isn't too clear but you still come out lookin' all buff with your Toffolux biceps...another reason for the guys to hate MJ...

Please remove all these cutesy pictures of yourself...you're like an actor; all you want to do is talk about yourself ;D This, coming from a wannabe actress herself...better lap it up, you'll never get this chance again...

Anonymous said...

Hey I agree with you on the theme parks the one in spain just outside barca is WOW is a water and theme park together and has some of the maddest rollercoasters that I've been on so far hehehe

Serina said...

Cadbury Yummy! my friend just gave the biggest slab of cadbury chocolate, Ive ever seen. So sweet

You look like one of those bollywood actors in this pic. With the that shirt, the glasses and the hair. lol!

saaleha said...

Serina beat me to it.

ubër-bollywood

haha:)

Zahera said...

LMAO at Serina's comment! ;-)
I like Aquariums :-P

Muhammad said...

I agree with the Southafrican comments on waterparks.. Water Wonderland (where suncoast is now) was awesome! Went there before they tore it down :P Now have to check budgets before I plan the next trip.. they don't allow anything in Ushaka except your shorts, and they check those...

btw.. Doesn't Suncoast look like it was designed by High Gay Aliens?

M Junaid said...

Joe - its my blog :P

Serina and Saal - i was going for that bollywood look - its my ashwaria pose :p hello - my great grandparents are from india, so i guess i do look indian

Mak - Suncoast looks tacky but it looks great from far hey

cellardoor said...

i went 2 cadburys worl back in high school, it put me off chocolate 4 a looooong time. water rides r the best. my fav is 'tidal wave' at chessingtons, near london. u get drenched!!

Hanna said...

I LOVE THEME PARKS! Seriously! It's the BEST thing to go to in summer.. with the exception of hour long queues in the blistering heat though.. Haha.. I once went to Disneyland Paris in the snow. That wasn't too great. But those 2 mins on hair raising rides are WICKED!! We have some pretty cool ones in England - but yeah, Wild Wadi is great! And weds nights are LADIES NIGHTS! Wah hey!

SafiUnlimited said...

i went to the biggest theme park in asia, i think its in indonesia if not malaysia- was really really nice (i have a phobia for water) and there was one is india just out out mumbai called essel world, after u pay the entrance fee all the rides are free... well worth it- only think india needs to learn is comdomise cause they have so many freking children that take up so much of space in queues!!1 but its cool if u prepared for the scorching weather of 45 degress!!!

Ruby :) said...

oh, cool pic, giving John Abraham a run for his money hey!
I love the water worlds, thay wesome and wild wadi was cool. Ushaka was also nice, went there in dec.last year.

Bilal said...

lol- really cool pic:p
@joe- leave our bollywood hunk alone:) this is his private space- if he wants to make it public, who are we to stop him:p

!Joe! said...

Bilal,

Mjad is currently unattached and keeping his eyes peeled. If you'd like his number/residential address, please post a comment containing the words "bollywood hunk" and "private space."

Lady said...

oooh
*splash*
don't we get pics of you in your swimwear? :P

zee said...

the only thing i can really comment on wat the old waterworld in durbs....i agree, that was really cool and def some good memories of mine came from there:)

nice post;)

M Junaid said...

i love artificial waves - there's a place called the phillips aquatic centre in Auckland which is five minutes away from my sisters place. huge artificial wave machine thing- loads of fun.

@ Saf - Indians - Billions of them ! say it like this.. BILLIONS. i should do a post on how India's birth rate is not aiding its economy or something

Ruby- uShaka is good fun. just too pricey.

Bilal - aww- thanks for defending me. dont worry about joe. i know she loves me. i know shes just messing with me ( i hope actually)

Thanks for the comments Lady and Zee. Lady - i dont have the build nor the courage to pose in my boardshorts.