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A realistic interpretation of water ride staples like Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park and Splash Mountain. For years, perfume and theme park enthusiasts alike have searched for fragrances that accidentally smell similar to water rides. For the first time ever, the intoxicating, moody scent has been intentionally captured. Xyrena’s Dark Ride features the familiar note of chlorinated water, a thrilling accord of theatrical fog and pyrotechnics and a hint of atmospheric mildew and damp ozone to create ‘the first thrill ride in a bottle.’
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(verified owner) – January 30, 2021
Would give this five stars but I think my view of how this smells has been tainted a little now by both my mom thinking it smells bad and someone saying they thought it smelled like mosquito repellant.. :/ But before any of those people’s thoughts affected me, I swear as soon as I sprayed this on the card it came with I immediately smelt the water smell from the water rides at Disneyland and other parks and was like “oh my god, it does smell like it”. And still when I smell it, I do think it really smells like the water scent on those rides. Specifically it makes me think of Pirates of the Caribbean the most (which is what I was looking for!), like right when you get in your boat and smell that strong water scent cause your boat is soaked from the last people who rode the ride. I could almost imagine I’m there on the ride with that distinct water smell of the Disney water rides. Like just watch a ride video of it or a video of Pirates the Caribbean queue ambience while smelling this and it’d probably make me feel like I’m there lol or get me excited to go to Disneyland again and ride it. ☺️
And when I go again and go on those rides, I’ll have to really compare their water scent to the smell of this fragrance. Since I’m of course going off of memory of the smell all the times I’ve been on those rides. My mom acts like it smells really bad but it’s weird, because she loves the Pirates ride and to me it does smell very similar to the water on that ride. She thinks people would be grossed out if I sprayed it on myself and went out somewhere, but I probably would not ever wear this out…I got it mostly to just have something that smells like the water ride smell. As something cool to have. I think she doesn’t understand the concept that it’s just supposed to smell like the ride. I wasn’t planning on spraying it all over me even if it’s perfume. And if you do spray any on yourself, you shouldn’t spray too much because it is a very strong scent. And I think that’s why some people think it smells bad cause that scent is so concentrated here. As soon as I open the bottle now, the scent hits my nose so fast. I saw someone’s review before grossed out saying they didn’t want to smell like chlorine.. well if it smells like that to you, it’s doing its job. Lol It’s supposed to smell like the water on those rides. Guess they didn’t know it’s supposed to smell like that, even though they say it’s actually bromine they use in the water, not chlorine. With this fragrance, people will either kind of like it like me because it smells like the water rides to us and that’s what we got it for, or they’ll hate it and think it smells awful thinking it smells like something else. I guess it depends on the person.. 🙁 The scent is so strong at first though that when you do spray it on something you should rub it in some and after a few minutes it won’t be as strong smelling. I think people are grossed out mostly by the initial scent when you spray it, how strong it is. It smells good when you spray it on the card they give you, on the “spray me” spot and it fades some. Then it might make you think more of the water smell when it’s not as strong as it is at first, where someone could be thinking it smells like insect repellant.. that’s just my opinion at least. I also do like it combined with Cosmic Woods too. It smells good even though it’s hard to say what that combination makes me think of. Overall I think this smells probably as close as you could get to smelling like the water scent, unless I find something that I think smells more like it. But to me it does smell a lot like it, like if you just scooped up some of the water from the ride and took it home. So I like it because it reminds me a lot of Pirates of the Caribbean and a little Splash Mountain, even though it’s disappointing when my mom smells it that she doesn’t like it. I’ve been looking for a long time for something that smells like the water scent from those rides and I haven’t been able to find anything until now. To me it’s like I have a piece of the ride I brought home. I can spray it when I want, smell it and think of Pirates and other great memories and experiences in Disneyland and other parks. I display it now with the rest of my Disneyland/theme park souvenirs and Disney stuff. ☺️ ❤ Wow, this is a long review. lol
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(verified owner) – November 27, 2020
You either love or hate this one.
I love it for the idea and for the great excecution but some will find it repulsive and will say that it smells like being and a dentist so be aware of that.
But yes, It really does smell like a Dark Ride and that’s awesome!
You will get all the typical smells that you love about them and if you think it’s lacking something, combine it with cosmic woods and it will be perfect.
For me both Dark Ride and Cosmic Woods have some awesome fragrance notes but lack a little something here and there so I always combine them.
(verified owner) – November 9, 2020
I took this photo right after opening the “VHS” case it came in.
(verified owner) – November 9, 2020
I love this smell remember being on vacation, good times
– April 23, 2020
Unmistakably the smell you associate when you walk into the entrance for any dark ride – but not necessarily a water ride! The smell is much more like varnished damp wood and metal hand rails, rather than the smell of chlorinated water or being on a log flume, although there are some aquatic notes in Dark Ride – these take a backseat to the pungency of the queuing experience.
It’s complexity is certainly worthy of praise, I just wished it had more water ride in it, like Splash Mountain or Chessington Bubbleworks – i.e. more soapy, less mildew. More ozonic and plastic.
I hope Xyrena continues to produce more fragrances like this as it’s very interesting for somebody who doesn’t even buy any perfumes, but ordered Dark Ride without a second thought, purely for nostalgia.
(verified owner) – February 22, 2020
I initially ordered a sampler of Dark Ride after reading about it on various Disney fan-sites. While I do not use cologne or perfume often, I was curious to see if Dark Ride was what it was claimed to be. My family has long searched for a way to recreate the smell of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, as the ride is highly beloved by us. To our shock, upon opening the sampler, we were instantly transported back to the dark, murky caverns in Disney World. Dark Ride is exactly what it claims to be, and it is perfect! As a man who suffers from allergies, I find the fragrance strong enough to be noticeable, while not overpowering enough to aggravate sensitive sinuses. The fragrance, featuring a both clean and murky water scent, is pleasant, for both men and women, as evidenced by my mother raiding the bottle to use. Dark Ride easily brings back many happy memories of times in the Disney Parks, and, prompts conversations from people who notice the unusual scent. My entire family is absolutely delighted, and, I’ll personally be using it for many years to come!
– November 10, 2019
I find it smells more like the real thing when sprayed on paper vs on my skin, must be the pheromones! It smells like a combo vs one specific attraction. While it may not 100% smell the same, your brain will still associate it with the dark rides we love. It’s worth the price! I’ve tried other smell-a-likes and my bloodhound nose says this one is next level!
(verified owner) – May 8, 2019
You can stop searching now – you found it.
(verified owner) – March 30, 2019
I read the reviews and was sucked in by the thought that this parfum would smell like the scent I have been chasing for years. Lots of possibilities from other companies, VERY few actual hits. Then I finally received my sample of Dark Ride. As soon as I opened the sample bottle I was sent INSTANTLY to the ride and the amazing smell in the queue. I can’t stop smelling the parfum. The scent on my skin changes every half hour or so, each iteration nicer that the one before. If you spray it on your clothes, you will smell the Water Ride scent until you strip down. Spend the money and buy yourself a bottle. Seriously – do it.
(verified owner) – December 14, 2018
– July 22, 2017
I’ve always loved the smell of Pirates Ride/ Dark rides. I remember long ago I went on an intense search for something that smelt similar, hoping someone out there would bottle it. Didn’t find much. I put the search on hold and accepted defeat. Years later I did a search again not expecting much. I stumbled upon the scent Wizards of Xyrena. The trailer of this scent was almost too good to be true watching it explain the very scent I was looking
for. Cut to now and I’m amazed at how well they’ve captured the essence of Dark Rides! It really blows my mind! ?????? Thanks Xyrena for this happily nostalgic experience!
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