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= = = = = = = = = Waltzing Waters = = = = = = = = = Waltzing Waters is a Watershow spectacular located on the Isle of Wight. I recently went and saw this show during my 1 week stay on the Isle of Wight; as well as visiting a large number of other tourist attractions. Around 1930 a German inventor (Otto Przystawik) invented the first musical fountains. In 1964 his son (Gunter) moved to the U.S and continued into this father’s footsteps developing even more sophisticated designs. Today, grandson (Michael Przystawik) is company president of Waltzing Waters Inc, the world’s premier manufacturer of musical fountain spectaculars. In 1979 a businessman (Alex Donald) wanted something new and different to draw tourists off the motorway (A9) and into the village of Newtonmore. Whilst on holiday Alex witnessed the Waltzing Waters and stunned by its beauty and emotional appeal, he knew then that he had found the perfect solution. In 1990, the show was brought to Newtonmore and the Waltzing Waters quickly became one of the most popular attractions in the Scottish Highlands. As the show was such a success, Mr Donald decided to bring the Waltzing Waters to England. The Isle of Wight was already a popular tourist destination so this was an obvious choice for them to have the Waltzing Waters. After the show opened in 1994, this quickly became one of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Wight. Millions of visitors throughout the UK and Europe have now seen the show and many have come back multiple times to re-watch this extraordinary art form.
(Please note information has been taken from their website but the words have been changed slightly)
You can get a free return within 7 days from the date on your ticket.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Watching the Waltzing Waters = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Upon arriving at the centre you can enjoy a snack at their indoor coffee garden. We got to the venue around 9:45am and the first show was at 10am. We paid for our tickets and the lady at the desk told us that for the best view sit towards the back of the venue. As we walked through the doors I couldn’t help but notice the musty like smell the venue had which must be due to the all the water. There were a lot of seats all neatly lined up in a row. The venue could easily hold at least 50 people. Some of the rows were reserved for people; although there were actually only 4 of us in the venue so far. Just before 10am a lady came in and went into a box at the side of the venue and obviously flicked a switch to start the Waltzing Waters show. We heard a man’s voice over the loud speaker which introduced the Waltzing Waters and told us a little information about them. Then a lady came on and introduced the music that the Waltzing Waters were dancing to. The first set of music was music from the movies and this included a range of different singers such as Elvis and other well- known songs. The water jets started in different motions and there were a range of different colours. This was amazing and rather fascinating at first and I enjoyed watching this first part of the show which lasted around 10mins. The next part of the show was introduced by the lady over the speaker again and this was Tchaikovsky. This was actually my favourite as the water jets were going in different directions and creating different effects. The colours used in this part of the show were amazing as well. Despite this part of the show being good I couldn’t help but feel a little sleepy during the performance and after another 10mins I started to become a little bored. The last section of the show was the water dancing to tracks by Celine Dion, this part of the show was also good but to be honest by now I wanted the show to end as I felt as though a lot of the motions were being repeated constantly now. Just before the show finished a man came on the speaker and told us about the different jets and shapes of water and what they call them. They also told us about the light cables used and the amount of water they need to use for the performances. The main venue lights will go on at the end of the show and there will also be some water jets going and you can peer over the top of the stage to see the jets and the stage set-up. They also do ask for a small donation, which you throw into a small well at the front of the stage.
= = = = = = = = = = Other Information = = = = = = = = = = I wanted to go and see the Waltzing Waters because my parents raved about how good it was and I have to admit that it sounded fantastic. The venue is quite big and there was a nice sized café in the venue; how-ever as we were at the venue in time for the first show that morning the café wasn’t actually open. The staff member at the main kiosk where you buy your tickets for the show was polite and looked smart in a shirt and black trousers. The main venue where they have the show smelt very musty; but I suppose this is expected really due to the amount of water they use for the show. I would like to add that this water is in a pool on the stage so it does get re-used all the time but I am guessing that it needs to be topped up sometimes. I found the first 15/20mins of the show really good and I was amazed at all the different effects they do with the water and the colours they use are beautiful. I have to admit that after around 20mins I found myself becoming a little bored and I actually started to nod off a little (my parents don’t know this!). The show was 40mins long and as far as I’m concerned it was a little too long for me and I would have been quite happy if the show was slightly shorter. I did leave a small donation in the well at the end of the show though. The show was very quiet and there were only a total of 7 people in here which included me and my two parents, so I don’t really know how they can afford to keep the show running. In terms of value I think it was reasonable and probably one of the cheaper venue’s I have been to. They change the show every day but despite this I wouldn’t go here again as it was a little too long and boring for me. This show is suited more for mature people and I personally don’t think children would enjoy it.
PLEASE NOTE: Pictures are not allowed to be taken during the show so I don't have any to accompany this review.