My son is a big fan of bounce houses. Throw some water into the mix and he's even happier and you can lose him for a whole day, all shriveled up. I can't wait for the weather to get warmer so we can more fully play around on our new Hydro Rush from Blast Zone. I've been trying to win one for a longtime and was greatly pleased when I was offered one for review (and a second one for you, the readers, to win).
We still have a little time to wait before we can fully take advantage of the water part of the Hydro Rush. The day after I tried this out, it snowed again in Boston. I did however have the chance to try it out in 70 degree weather, the one day before the snow. I wanted to set it up without my son having invited a bunch of his friends over. I needed to both figure out where in the yard the thing fit, as we have a sloped backyard, and learn how to set the whole thing up. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about on both counts.
The water park comes in a 60 lb box, split across two parts for the most part. One half is the blow up part. The other half is the fan, spikes, water hose, and bag. There is also a DVD with instructions for setup. I'm a guy. I didn't read it.
I had the thing setup before I knew it. It felt like no more than 15 minutes, but I didn't time the whole process. Just roll the thing out, connect the fan, tie off the discharge hose, and turn on the fan. Thats's it. After about a minute or two, the whole thing is blown up. Then, you spike the unit down so it won't move.
Filled up, the unit checks in at 216 x 132 x 96 inches and is rated to hold up to 200 pounds. It did fine with over 200 pounds on it, my son and I combined.
I can't wait for the weather to warm up more so that we can load it up with water. The unit comes with a hose where one end goes into the back of the water cannon and another is left in the pool (with the third end connected to the water spigot). You leave the water running and the pool part fills up. Leave the water on "too long" and the water overflows out of the pool (back of picture on right above). Just turn it off every once in a while, or turn it down so the water slide at least stays lubricated.
The business side of the unit has two hoses. To blow up the slide, tie the shorter one closed and attach fan to the other. To deflate the unit, just turn off fan and untie the outflow. It comes down pretty quick. If you want to put away, you must let the unit dry out, typically overnight, to avoid the unit getting moldy. Folding is another story.
As I mentioned, I didn't read the instructions. I think I will before I take the unit out the next time. I tried to fold it up and shove it in the bag. I got about 80% in the bag with the rest hanging out. I think I did better than I was expecting.
The Hydro Rush sells for $389.99 on Amazon, and is listed at 25% off its $529.99 price on the Blast Zone web site. Somehow, Amazon shows in stock and the Blast Zone site is out of stock, even though Blast Zone is the Amazon seller. Free shipping, too. The Hydro Rush is one of their smaller Inflatable Water Parks. If you want something bigger, they have a 10' tall water park with their Commercial Inflatables.
We love the Hydro Rush, even without the water. We'll enjoy it more over the summer when things heat up. I couldn't get my son off of it after I set it up. I can imagine myself playing on it, too. Now where did I put those instructions so I can figure out how to fold it up???