A water slide with a real vertical loop once existed at New Jersey's Action Park, but it didn't last long. Many years later the AquaLoop was created by WhiteWater, however that loop was not a true vertical one.
Now, a recent company to enter the slide manufacturing business (though they've worked on the structural side for many years), named Avalanche Waterslides, has created a modern take on the vertical loop slide.
|© Avalanche Waterslides|
The ride stands 90 feet tall and starts with a truly vertical 45 foot plunge which feeds directly into the 30 foot loop. The rider vehicles will hit a cool 50 miles per hour and those on board will experience up to 6 gs according to Avalanche.
I have to wonder if it won't be a bit difficult to get an insurance company to cover this style of ride, though the manufacturer's website seems confident there will be no safety issues at all. They have built a full test model, after all. The ride is listed at $1.4 million, potentially manageable for a smaller park.