When I was asked to guest post today, I had to write about my current favorite Disney topic: the Aquaduck aboard the Disney Dream. My kids are doing a series about the Aquaduck on their blog and they’re working on the video right now, which means we’re all immersed in this amazing new waterslide and I’m excited to have the opportunity to share it with you.
While Jodi and I were Guests of the Christening of the Disney Dream last month I listened to a discussion about the engineering behind the Aquaduck. Honestly, it had never occurred to me to consider how difficult it would be to make sure a water slide would work under so many varying conditions. My children rode the Aquaduck for the first time a few days later and as I waited I could see the horizon sail many feet up and down and immediately I was grateful for every Disney imagineer and outside company who was part of that process. I can’t begin to understand the engineering behind it, but in that moment I appreciated it more fully. I later discovered the team even included naval architects and safety engineers who used wave studies and a computer model to determine how much waves would affect the fluid dynamics of the ride while it sailed in the Caribbean.
|shooting water on the Aquaduck|
Whitewater, a company in Vancouver, was one of the many companies Disney consulted when designing and testing the Aquaduck. Their CEO Geoff Chutter is quoted on their website proclaiming “The design and sophistication takes on-board entertainment to a new level. The Aquaduck and the Disney Dream are perfect examples of Disney’s industry leading innovation and Whitewater is honored to have been chosen as part of their team.”
Did you know?
- The Aquaduck is 765 feet long. That’s 2 1/2 times the size of a football field!
- The Aquaduck covers four decks of the Disney Dream. That’s one tall slide.
- The ride lasts 65 seconds and during that time it transports 10,000 gallons of water and you (the rider) at 20 feet per second!
Simulate a bit of the challenge experienced by the engineers who built the Aquaduck. Build a marble run/roller coaster and diagram the forces of motion and energy transformations that apply to the track. (The pdf download includes many experiments. The 4 applicable marble run experiments begin on page 52.)
Before you begin, download this pdf from the Nasa website. Print pages 52 – 58 to complete all marble run experiments.
18 feet of copper pipe insulation for the track (gray, spongy stuff from Home Depot)
Follow the instructions on the downloadable lesson plan and keep the rest for later. My kids were intrigued by a few of the other lesson plans, as well. Of course, everyone wants to help and younger siblings can easily help plan and build a marble run.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Science. Math
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades, High School