Blacklight Slide boasts of an incredible glowing experience on the largest nighttime slide in the country. You get to race down inflatable slides filled with glow-in-the-dark water, dance to local DJs, and get covered in neon glow. But is the event worth the hours of line-standing you’ll have to do? Here’s the breakdown:
When we first bought tickets for the Atlanta Blacklight Slide way back in October, the “early bird” price was $20 instead of the “regular” $50 and the deal said it was ending at the end of the month. We figured it was a pretty good deal and bought them. When my friend looked again in March, it still advertised the $20 early bird deal, again ending soon. When we looked the day before the event, the early bird deal was still in effect, ending that night. So don’t be fooled; I don’t think it ever goes up. (It’s still $20 at time of writing, by the way.)
Then you add to that the price of your inner tube (the tubes cost $10 each if you buy through the event, but you can buy them for a little less if you buy a multi-pack of inner tubes on Amazon), which the website says has to meet their size requirement of a maximum 36 inches. You’ll also have to pay parking ($10). Then if you want to lock your stuff away close by, you’ll have to rent a locker ($10). You’re now up to $50 for unlimited trips down the slide, a glow in the dark tattoo, a hand towel, the blacklight party, an inner tube, a locker, and an unspecified donation to a local charity. You can also purchase other merchandise like neon paint.
The Blacklight Slide
First things first, you’ll have to register. Registration hours were from 5-7 p.m., and even with arriving just before 6, we sat in a line of cars for 30 minutes before the one lane of cars became a free-for-all of people making their own lanes. We got parked and went to wait in line for registration, but it was more of a giant blob of people. After a while, a group split off and created their own line, causing a mass of people to move to fill in the gap. This is really the only reason we got as far up as we did. We then waited for over an hour in this line to get registered and receive our tiny towels.
Sliding was supposed to start at 7 p.m., but they were already letting people in early. I’m not sure if this is some sore of VIP privilege you can buy or if they just realized they needed to keep the mass of people moving somewhere. Either way, we didn’t get through registration until well after 7:30.
Things to note: The line moved slowly probably because many people had not signed the waiver beforehand. If your waiver was already signed, as ours were, it was a two-second process to scan your ticket and collect your wristband, which makes the hour-long line even more infuriating. Another thing was that we, and many others, assumed you had to pick up your pre-ordered inner tube at the separate Pre-Order Merchandise tent, which also had an impossibly long line. But this was not the case, and I feel bad for the people who had already stood in both that line and then the tube blow-up line before registering, because my friend who had pre-ordered her inner tube was handed a ticket at the registration tent to take to the tube blow-up line to collect her tube.
After all that waiting and getting our inner tubes blown up, we proceeded to our next line: the slide line. There were three giant blow up slides and two lines that you entered from the outsides of slides 1 and 3. These two lines snaked around ten times before a portion branched off to merge into the line for slide 2. The DJ tried to keep the hype up, but I guess it really depends on who you’re around in line for if you’re hyped or miserable. We were behind a couple of teenage boys, so they kept the energy up around us for our first wait in line. In line for our first slide, we waited for nearly an hour. As the night went on and more people opted for dancing over sliding (it was a chilly night, so the water was freezing, especially once you were out of it), the lines got shorter, but still amounted to about half an hour’s wait.
The blacklight slide website says your tube has to meet their size requirement of a maximum 36 inches and that you can’t slide tube-less, but we saw plenty of people sliding with much larger tubes and with no tubes at all. Maybe they’ve gotten more strict with it, but no one seemed to care while we were there.
The slide itself is thirty seconds of fun! The water is a diluted glow, so you can see it glowing as you slide down, but you aren’t exactly covered in glow as the website states. The water doesn’t leave a bit of glow on you; it’s really the neon paint they sell that leaves the fun, lasting glow.
Blacklight Slide Party
The DJ starts playing around 8:30 p.m. It’s just your regular dance party EDM music, nothing special. The idea is to get super neon from sliding down the slide and then have a glowing rave, but for the most part no one was glowing beyond being wrapped in glow sticks.
The event served food and alcohol, though we didn’t bother checking it out since we figured, as with any event food, it was just way overpriced and not worth it.
The whole blacklight slide event was supposed to end around 10 p.m., but we didn’t stay long enough to find out if that’s when they actually wrapped up. From reading other reviews, they seem to close down pretty promptly at 10-10:30 p.m., which doesn’t give you much time to enjoy it after standing in long lines all night.
So is it worth it?
We payed $50 to stand in line for nearly 4 hours and have maybe 2 minutes of sliding fun. I wouldn’t go again, and I don’t recommend it to anyone. Also note that this is a non-refundable event, so think extra hard before you buy that ticket!
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