6 of the World’s Best Water Slides
Insano Slide, Beach Park, Brazil
Previously the world’s tallest water slide, the Insano Slide makes itself at home at Beach Park, Fortaleza, Brazil. Inducted into the Guinness Book of Records when it was built in 1989, this 14-story high water slide is enough to make any thrill-seeker shiver.
At 41 metres or 130 feet high, this frighteningly high ‘water fall’ will send riders to the bottom at around 105km/h, and will take a lightning quick time of 4 seconds to complete. For these reasons, this slide has been known to attract daredevils from all over the world.
Moments prior to the descent, thrill seekers will be rewarded with an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean, before finding themselves in mid-air during the descent. Some riders find that the fall is actually too steep to keep them grounded.
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King Cobra, MAXX Royal Golf & Waterpark Resort, Turkey
The King Cobra water slide in the MAXX Royal Golf & Waterpark Resort on the Mediterranean Coast, in Belek, Turkey made a splash in 2011 with a completely original take on the traditional waterslide. Unlike other waterslides, the King Cobra sends its prey in two’s, as the double-tube ride has two teams racing each other.
Riders will start atop the 5-story high tower, before being propelled through open and enclosed areas of the giant snakes back at speeds of around 51 km/h. These riders will twist and turn on the back of the King Cobra, before ultimately ending up as the snakes prey, as they hurtle through it’s gigantic jaws.
The distinguishable factor of this incredible 250-foot long adventure is that it incorporates special effects such as hissing sounds, as well as unique fog and spraying water.
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Summit Plummet, Blizzard Beach, Florida
The flagship attraction of Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in Orlando, Florida, is the Summit Plummet water slide. Sitting atop the lofty peak of Mount Gushmore is the 12-story, enormous drop.
Daring riders will need to find their way to the top of Mount Gushmore, before taking the plunge from a ski jump tower down the 12-story drop, through a darkened tunnel, before finding themselves at the bottom of the 360-foot long run, having reached speeds of almost 100km/h, with a stop-clock recording their speed.
Despite the lightning quick speed and stomach-churning drop, the scariest thing about this slide is that it is so steep; you can’t even see where you’re going.
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Leap of Faith, Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas is home to arguably one of the most panic-inducing water slides in the world. Beginning at the top of the Atlantis Mayan Temple, daring adventurers are faced with a 60-foot, almost vertical drop into an abyss.
The 60-foot drop happens so fast, that unsuspecting riders hardly have time to scream when they realise they’ve been driven directly into a shark-filled lagoon. Despite being enclosed in a see-through tube, a school of sharks will be very much visible, merely feet away.
The world-famous Leap of Faith could be considered one of the scariest water slides in the world for those that are afraid of sharks (a large number of us).
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Aqualoop, Parque Acuatico, Mexico
The main attraction at the Parque Acuatico in Ixtapan, Mexico is the famous Aqualoop thrill ride. One of the first of its kind, the Aqualoop is exactly what it sounds like, as it features a giant loop that was designed to mimic a rollercoaster.
After brave riders have reached the top of the tower, they are ushered into an enclosed, vertical tube before the ride begins. After a countdown, a trapdoor will fall beneath the unsuspecting passenger, as they are sent hurtling down this giant drop at over 95km/h. The sheer speed of this drop will propel riders through an almost-vertical loop, which is one of the first of its kind.
During the design stage of this water slide, the angle of the loop had to be optimized to make sure that everyone was able to ride this slide safely.
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Verrückt, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Kansas
Rounding out the list of the best water slides in the world is the gigantic Verrückt, situated at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas, United States. Towering 17 stories above the ground, Verrückt (which literally means ‘insane’ in German) has recently found it’s way into the Guinness Book of Records as the new World’s Tallest Waterslide.
Taller than both Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty, Verrückt will require willing riders to climb 264 steps to reach the top of the slide. From here, intense thrill seekers will be sent down a 168 feet / 51 metre drop, at an extreme speed of 105km/h! The colossal slide will have riders travel an equivalent of 2 football fields in just 18 seconds.
The incredible thing about this slide is that it takes a completely different approach to the previous record holder – Insano Slide in Brazil. Unlike Insano, Verrückt will have 4 riders strapped into a rubber raft, which will basically defy gravity.
Schlitterbahn Water Park is known as a family-friendly park, but this ride is definitely not for families.
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