153 of 157 people found the following review helpful
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You will never hear the words "I'm bored" again! This water park is HUGE and fun for the whole family! I am currently 6 months pregnant so I do have daddy help with setting up and taking down the water park. However, I have set up and taken down other Blast Zone products when not pregnant just fine by myself.
We have used it with and without water and it is just as fun for the kids using either, they do prefer with water though. The neighbor kids rush over to play as soon as our Croc, as they call it, comes to life. We have had children aging from 2-11 playing in and on the Crocodile and all of them have a blast! The 2 year old did have a bit of trouble climbing up the wall but my 3 year old has no issues at all. On super hot days I turn the water park away from the sun and relax in the corner of the pool area while the kids play until they are wore out and ready for a nap or bedtime.
As you can see from the video set up is super simple. However, taking this giant water park down is a bit more complicated. You have to drain the water out and let the water park dry completely before putting away, this is very important or it may get mold in it. To drain we just deflate the park and let all the water run out then blow it back up and let it sit until it's time for bed then we deflate it and let it sit out over night.
Once the park is completely dry we fold in the sides and roll it up like a sleeping bag. This takes about 15-20 minutes. It does fit in the carrying back but you do have to make sure the air is out, I recommend having 2 adults available for take down in order to fit it back into the bag.
92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
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They'd sell more if they called it "Yardzilla". Anyway, that's what we call it, as "Crocodile Isle" doesn't quite roll off the tongue or get us excited about our backyard water park.
So, after one day of use for a little over an hour:
First, the "bad" if you want to call it that. Cons. Let's go with cons:
*Takes a while to fill with water. With the water hose in the pool on full blast, it took about an hour. Forget trying to fill it with the little sprayer things.
*Water WILL get inside of it. It's impossible to keep water out of something that is designed to let air out as well.
*Needs a 'drain' so you can direct the water vs. emptying it where it is... I think I have a solution for it (fish tank drain kit might help divert some water... I hope.)
****EDIT**** It is a pain in the behind to get the water out to store properly. I usually empty it out, let it sit to dry some, flip it over, let it sit over night, flip it back over the next morning, air it back up, let it sit for another hour or two(so the rest of the water inside can dry out, etc) and then deflate it and pack it up.
*The bag it comes with - ***EDIT**** -> The bag is not useless. I've put this thing away twice and got it in the bag both times, just by folding, rolling, and smashing the air out - without help from another person.
Now, the good / great / etc:
*Yardzilla is big. What you see in the picture is what you get. Unlike some other brand's altered pics, this is the real deal.
*It goes up easily. Unpack. Unroll connect blower, turn on blower. It's up in about 2 minutes, maybe less, after turning the air on.
*There's room for about a dozen kids in the pool (which is just under 2 feet deep).
*Fun... I bought this for my 2 boys (ages 5 and 3). They constantly did the "watch this" for the hour and a half or so before dinner. We're having a friendly get together this weekend and we'll be having a bday party in about 8 weeks. I'll repost about durability after that.
As of this writing, I'd recommend it and I'd buy it again, especially if it lasts a couple summers with no major problems.
EDIT -> Week 2: Had 10 kids in it for about four hours for our first Yardzilla Weekend. We made some new friends. One parent saw it and bought it on Amazon within 15 minutes of watching the kids go nuts. About 3 kids started crying when it was time to leave. None of them wanted to leave.
I've bumped the rating up to 5 stars. This thing is a rock star if it doesn't fall apart. Next up is the birthday party...
EDIT2 -> Year later: If you're thinking about getting it, get it. It held up last year, and we've used it again this year, with even more kids (all a year older than last year). This thing wears kids out. I set it up at 10a or so, and by 1p, everyone is ready for a nap. It's still awesome.
68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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I had been looking for a fun product that would not only keep my kids entertained in the summer, but would also cool them off. We already own a bounce house from Blast Zone and when I realized they also made water parks I knew this would make their summer the best ever. We received the Blast Zone Crocodile Isle Inflatable Water Park with Dual Slides and my kiddos have had a blast. I love that instead of asking to leave home and go to a public pool or playground my kids are now asking if we can go to the water park in our own backyard. Of course the answer is always yes.
The Crocodile Isle was very easy to set up and even though it weighs 80 pounds I was able to do it very easily. We simply unrolled it then hooked the inflation tube to the blower. Within a few minutes it was completely inflated. We then used the included stakes to secure it to the ground. The great thing about this inflatable is that it can be used with or without water. Of course the kiddos definitely prefer with water, but that part is easy to set up as well. We ran a hose to the water park and attached the nozzle which has an on/off handle. This then connects to the tubing that runs along the water park and is held on by Velcro tabs. It runs up the back of the water park and then to the two slides. We would set up the water park, turn on the water, and after about two hours of playing the pool area would be filled up. You could also choose to fill up the pool area and then turn on the sprinkler system, but our kiddos are more interested in the slides then swimming around the pool so that worked best for us. And I have to add that this thing is BIG... it measures approximately 22' wide, 14' deep, and 8' tall. It can hold up to 5 kids that weight a max of 100 pounds each. Since it can hold so many kids the neighbors tend to wander on over whenever we inflate it. The more the merrier!
The Crocodile Isle has lots of cool features that our kids love and yours are sure to as well. We received the new version which also includes some upgrades. It has a widened climbing ramp for extra safety and it also allows for ease of use. My three year old daughter was able to maneuver the hand grips and foot holes with ease. I really like that the ramp is on the front of the water park because I can see my kids at all times when they are playing. It also allows them to come down one of the slides and then climb back up the ramp without tracking grass in and out of the water. Speaking of the slides each slide has a double high tail wall for added safety to keep the kiddos on the slide where they belong. When the kiddos reach the top of the ramp to sit on the platform there is a safety net above their heads so no worries about them trying to jump off or other craziness. And the best part is that after hours of climbing the ramp, sliding down the slides, and splashing about in the pool area your kids will be so tired that they'll sleep all night long - perhaps even an early bed time.
The take down of the water park involves a bit more work than a typical bounce house. We have found the easiest thing to do is deflate so that the water runs out. Once the water runs out we reinflate and allow it to air dry. At the end of the day we deflate again and let it set out til the next day when we roll it back up. Rolling it back up is done easiest with two adults and make sure to get all the air out because that is the only way it will fit in the carrying bag. Oh and one more tip... be sure to not leave it in your yard for long periods of time - I'm talking a few days/week at a time - because you will end up with a dead patch of grass. But let's look at the bright side - less grass to mow, hehe.
I highly recommend the Crocodile Isle water park. It is made of high quality materials and I can tell that we will get many years of use out of this great product.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Rather than spend a couple hundred dollars on a commercial bouncer, we ordered this for my son's 4th birthday party (to use at the party and for his gift). We have had the Blast Zone Play Palace bounce house that we've been extremely happy with, and were expecting this to be a great toy for those hot summer days. We set it up a couple weeks before the party just to make sure everything worked out of the box, which it did. Our first impressions were that this thing was HUGE (which we expected given the dimensions, but seeing it in person was impressive), and that the quality was similar to that of the Play Palace that's lasted us for years.
However, our initial impression of the quality was wrong. Within 15 minutes of the party starting, the Crocodile Isle had already ripped at the base of the stairs, along the seam of the pool. Please keep in mind that this damage was not caused by abuse. There were 5 children using this bounce house, ranging from 2 to 5 years of age, and none weighing more than 50 lbs. At first, I assumed that we had received a defective unit, but after closer inspection, I believe this to be a design flaw. When inflated, the Crocodile isle lifts the seam at the base of the climbing wall and the start of the pool an inch or two off the ground, putting a lot of stress on the seam when the kids try to climb up the wall to use the slides. By the end of the party, there was a 5" tear in the seam, that allowed the pool portion to drain faster than it could be filled by the included sprayers. There was no way to repair this damage using the small patches included in the repair kit.
Fortunately, the seller allowed us to return the bounce house; however, all the Crocodile Isles were sold out, so I cannot say whether we got a defective unit or if this flaw is common to all of them. The seller did allow us to purchase a different unit (the Shark Park), for the difference in price. After using it once, the Shark Park seems like it will be a much better unit for us.
We're big fans of the Blast Zone products, but unfortunately I can't recommend this unit. It's possible that we got a defective one, but I don't think that's the case. I think you'd be much better off with a different unit.
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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I have used this inflatable slide about five times inside the house with no water (weather cold but the kids were dying to use)and twice outside with water. We had five kids using it at a time and it so far as withheld it all well. It seems to be sturdy. It's steady and I was not stressed while watching them play that they would hurt themselves. It's nice that the ladder is in the center so if they slip down they will hit the cushion bottom or water. My kids played with this outside for about five hours each time. They were thoroughly entertained. The big kids (9 and 8) enjoyed the slides and the little kids (2,3,4) had enough room to play in the pool part without getting run over by the big kids. It's just been great. Of course, the deflating and getting water out is a pain, as with all of them. The water gets inside of it no matter what and it's virtually impossible to get it all out. That happened to our other slide last year so I think it's just the way it goes. I highly recommend this product so far.