MYSTIC MOUNTAIN BOBSLED, JAMAICA
|Mystic Mountain Bobsled, Ocho Rios, JAMAICA|
Have you ever been bobsledding? In the mountains? I think not!
I was planning to go somewhere 'tropical' next year and Jamaica has always been a favourite destination of mine. It has been over 20 years since I last visited so I was surprise to see and hear about this Bobsled mountain ride!
I searched for it on Youtube hoping to get a better understanding and experience by seeing it live and boy,... what a ride! LOL
I'm usually terrified of roller coasters since I have a natural fear of heights but this kind of ride I think I'm ready for. And what a lush, tropical scenery! I'm hoping just the beauty of the natural surroundings will take away the inner fear... temporarily anyways.
Mystic Mountain is Jamaica's newest water park attraction, located in the Drax Hall area of Ocho Rios. Visitors will experience Jamaica's rainforest terrain from 700 feet above sea level.
The park's signature attraction, Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica, features a 1000m (about 3,280 feet) long gravity-driven plunge with twists and turns through the rainforest on custom designed, high-tech sleds. You are able to control the speed of your descent with an in-sled handbrake, therefore allowing for a nice 'sunday drive' through the forest or a heart pounding, pulse quickening dive to the bottom (speeds up to 40 mph). And just when you think you are done, you and the bobsled are slowly raised back to the Railway Station through the forest on an elevated tramway, where you can... well, do it ALL OVER again!
It is said that the ride was designed to evoke the experience of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled teams of 1988 and 1992. Remember them? LOL
Remember, you can control the speed, ride solo or 'attached'. So if you're on your own and not afraid... you can zip through that rainforest 'like a bat out of hell'!
Resource(s): jamaicascene.com, rainforestadventures.com/, cruiseportinsider.com/