Friday, May 9, 2014

Thrilling New Slide Tower Now Open at Aquatica Orlando

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The newest thrill slide at Aquatica Orlando is now officially open to the public!  Named Ihu's Breakaway Falls, the slide tower is billed as "the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in Orlando."

The attraction is made up of four separate body slides, three of which start with breakaway boxes where the floor drops out from under riders, plunging them downward into the spiraling course.  The fourth, purple slide, starts with a plunge that is actually steeper than the other three routes, but does not have the floor-dropping start.

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It takes 126 steps to get to the top of the nearly 80 foot platform.  After loading into the three breakaway boxes, riders actually face each other and get to watch with anticipation not knowing who will fall first!

The vertical drops stretch almost forty feet downward before pulling up into tight turns and helices.  Riders drop at around 24 feet per second and then race to the run-out splash area.

Bryan Nadeau, Aquatica Orlando Vice President filmed a neat tour of the new attraction, embedded below.  For more information be sure to check out the official Aquatica Orlando webpage.