AquaDuck Water Coaster on the Disney Dream

Two children on the AquaDuck water coaster aboard the Disney Dream in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Water slides are a dime a dozen on cruise ships, but the AquaDuck is the only water coaster on a cruise ship with the kind of drops and g-forces you would experience on a roller coaster. It is located on the top decks of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, which are two sister ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet.

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Circle the Top Deck

Disney Dream with the AquaDuck tube entering the tunnel.
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The 765-foot-long AquaDuck is elevated high above Deck 11 on tall stilts. The water coaster circles the ship in a transparent acrylic tube, with water jets propelling riders through uphill sections. The majority of the ride takes place in a clear tube, but a section of the ride is enclosed as it travels through the ship's forward funnel.

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Ride Solo or With a Friend

Inside the AquaDuck
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Riders sit on rubber rafts that hold up to two people. Most of the ride takes place in a transparent acrylic tube, so riders can see outside. Riders must adhere to these rules:

  • Kids must be at least 42 inches tall to ride the AquaDuck.
  • Kids who meet the height requirement but are not yet seven years old must ride with another rider who is at least 14 years old.
  • Kids must be at least 54 inches tall to ride alone.
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Zoom Over the Ship's Edge

AquaDuck tube slide
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After leaving the loading area, the raft zooms 12 feet out over the edge of the ship and 150 feet above the water.

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Take in the View

AquaDuck tube view from below.
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Because the AquaDuck's tube is clear, riders can see the ship's top deck and out over the ocean.

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Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride

View of the deck and AquaDuck tubes from the Disney Dream cruise ship.
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The AquaDuck's gentle slope lets riders enjoy a leisurely trip around the ship. After boarding, the ride takes just over a minute to complete.

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Check out the Fun Below

View of the deck and the AquaDuck tubes on the Disney Dream.
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While on the AquaDuck, riders can survey the top deck of the Disney Dream, with its two family pools, yellow slide at the Mickey Pool, shaded water splash area for little ones, and Disney movies on the big screen.

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Wave at Family and Friends

AquaDuck water coaster on the Disney Dream
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 More fun facts:

  • The AquaDuck uses about 10,000 gallons of water per minute.
  • In the Edge, the tweens' lounge, several windows let kids catch a glimpse of AquaDuck riders as they zoom by.
  • At night, the AquaDuck's lights are turned on for a colorful and different ride experience.
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Come in for a Gentle Splashdown

Two kids riding down the AquaDuck.
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At the end of the ride, the AquaDuck emerges from the tube and splashes down gently into a landing pool. You'll be nearly dry when you emerge from the raft.