The first documented mention of a waterslide was at the 1906 International Exhibition in New Zealand. Riders sat in wooden boats that were specially designed for the slide and plummeted down the chute into the lake below. Although the ride was incredibly basic it inspired people to design longer, steeper and crazier examples. As a result, the waterslide has become a permanent fixture at theme parks, water parks and activity centers. Thereby, satisfying the needs of adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers worldwide. Waiting in a queue is only worthwhile if you get to experience the thrill of plummeting down a waterslide at breakneck speeds. The Holiday Transfers team are going to take you on a tour of some of the world’s best waterslides.
World’s best waterslides
The Scorpion at Noah’s Ark Water Park – Wisconsin Dells, USA
Noah’s Ark Water Park is the largest water park in the United States. It features numerous attractions. The foremost being a staggering 51 waterslides. Although the park’s last slide, the Quadzilla, opened in 2012 its most popular slide is The Scorpion that was opened in 2010. At ten stories high and almost 400ft long The Scorpion sends riders plummeting at almost 50ft per second.
The Scorpion drops riders through a trap-door into a 55ft chute on a 70-degree slope. Riders reach speeds of up to 30mph as they fly through an almost completely inverted loop that is angled at 60 degrees and is 27ft high. The slide features sophisticated engineering to ensure you come out in one piece. It is operated by a computerised control system that controls a variety of sensors and jets. Riders can expect to reach up to 3g on the slide and those too timid to ride The Scorpion can watch others through the semi-transparent walls.
Twister and Speedy at Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg Thermal Spa – Austria
A thermal spa seems like a bizarre place for water-slides; however, the duo at the Sonnetherme Lutzmannsburg spa in Austria are anything but relaxing. Speedy has a 75ft drop whilst at 663ft long the Twister is one of Europe’s longest enclosed slides.
The Leap of Faith at Aquaventure – Bahamas
The Leap of Faith waterslide is one of the world’s most terrifying waterslides. Riders are thrown down a chute installed in a detailed replica of the Temple of Doom from the Indiana Jones films. At the end of the chute they descend into an underwater passage where they are surrounded by sharks. Whilst it doesn’t have the same insane drops as other waterslides the fact that you come into close contact with sharks means it makes the list.
Kilimanjaro at Aguas Park Resort – Brazil
The Kilimanjaro waterslide is 164ft tall and 1 in 20 people back out of riding it when they reach the top platform. Riders can expect to reach speeds of up to 57mph, which is the fastest speed achieved on a waterslide. The speed was certified by the Guinness Book of Records. The Kilimanjaro was also rated as one of the tallest waterslides in the world.
Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – Florida, USA
Although Summit Plummet has a somewhat cartoon like exterior it’s over 120ft tall and has a near-vertical 12-story drop. Riders can reach speeds of up to 55mph and have to pass through a dark cave on the 360ft long descent to the bottom.
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