Blizzard Beach: Toboggan Racers

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Please welcome once again our wonderful assistant Tiffany!

We talked recently about the Downhill Double Dipper. Another great racing attraction at Blizzard Beach is the Toboggan Racers. Located between Slush Gusher and the Snow Stormers, these slides allow you to race seven other people instead of just one! Just climb Mount Gushmore to the hilly slalom racetrack, grab a toboggan matt, and take your place at the starting line.

Toboggan racing originated in Canada and is characterized by the sled’s flat body and curved front. Since its inception, it has become a fun pastime as well as a competitive sport. The Toboggan Racers at Blizzard Beach are inspired by the type of toboggan racing, known as skeleton tobogganing, where racers go head first by lying on their stomachs.

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I recommend this ride for any age especially for those who are younger and not quite sure about the larger slides. This slide is 250 feet long with three dips down the track, making it a good ride for those looking for a fun thrill, but not too much thrill.

 

 

Today’s Takeaway:
The goal of toboggan racing is to go as fast as possible down the racetrack. Some will notice that when you sit up, you go slower. The more you lean down toward your toboggan, the faster you go. This is partially due to air resistance. Galileo first discovered this concept by dropping two balls of different mass from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. He discovered that objects of any weight will fall with the same acceleration due to gravity.

Attached below is a virtual lab called Galileo Drops the Ball from Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED). Just click on Galileo and play around with the objects he drops from the top of the tower. See what you discover by tying different combinations with Earth’s gravity, and while Galileo are inside a vacuum. The vacuum may offer different results. Why would there be different results? How does air resistance affect the objects falling to the ground?

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SCHOOL SUBJECT: Physics
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades

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  • Karen Karnes

    I wasn’t a fan of the slides that made water go up my nose:( But I like the slides you ride with the inner tubes.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      LOL! I know what you mean!

    • entropicrose

      I’m the same way, I looove the tube rides! I’m not such a big fan of the super dip ones.

  • Holly Thomas

    This looks like a lot of fun!!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh, yeah! It really is!

  • Tricia @ The Disney Gals

    I’m so excited that my daughter is big enough for this one now! I can’t wait to go back!!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      It makes it more fun when the kids are big enough to ride with you–or race against you!

  • Jessica Berry

    I am excited to try these for the first time in Oct!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Yay!!! You’ll love it!

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