Monday 29 December 2014

The world's scariest water slides

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At 130 feet high, a water slide in Brazil has entered the Guinness Book of Records. We round up other terrifying ways to make a splash.
1. Insano – Beach Park - Brazil
With riders often reaching 65 miles per hour, Insano has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest water slide, standing at the equivalent height of a 14-storey building. Frighteningly, the ride takes only a few seconds to complete.
2. Summit Plummet – Blizzard Beach - Florida
Scale the 12-storey, lofty peak of Mount Gushmore and take on Blizzard Beach's Summit Plummet. Starting at 120 feet from the ground, the slide is one of the world's tallest and fastest free-fall body slides. The flume extends 360 feet, with riders often reaching 50 to 60 miles per hour. Check your speed on the digital speedometer if you don't believe us.
disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/blizzard-beach/
3. The Mammoth – Splashin' Safari - Indiana
The Mammoth at Splashin' Safari is classed as a HydroMagnetic Water Coaster and is the longest of its kind in the world. It covers 1,763 feet as it progresses through a total of seven drops, the highest reaching 69 feet.
www.holidayworld.com
4. Leap of Faith - Atlantis Paradise Island - Bahamas
Launch yourself down the 60-foot, nearly vertical drop of the Leap of Faith. The slide, which starts at the top of the Atlantis Mayan Temple, propels riders through a clear tunnel, submerged in a lagoon filled with sharks. If this doesn't get your adrenalin pumping, then challenge a friend to race on the Challenger Slide. Check your times to find the winner.
www.atlantis.com
5. Jumeirah Sceirah –Wild Wadi Waterpark – Dubai
Race down the two tandem slides of the Jumeirah Sceirah. The 390-foot slide takes only a few seconds to complete and offers some great views of the water park from the tower. Riders can reach up to 50 miles per hour during the speedy descent.
www.jumeirah.com
6. Scorpion's Tail –Noah’s Ark Waterpark - Wisconsin
Step into the capsule-like entrance of the Scorpion's Tail, close the door and wait. As the floor disappears, the rider will race down 10 stories, completing the 400-foot slide in five to seven seconds. The slide also includes a nearly vertical loop, which was the first of its kind in the U.S.
www.noahsarkwaterpark.com
7. Aqualoop –Terme 3000 Adventure Pool Complex - Slovenia
The Terme 3000 adventure pool complex was the first in the world to feature a 360 degree loop on one of its slides. The Aqualoop is the fourth fastest waterslide in Europe, and is one of many slides in the complex that take an average of seven seconds to complete.
www.terme3000.si
8. Brain Wash –Wet 'n Wild Water Park - Florida
Riders on the Brain Wash can expect a 53-foot vertical drop into a massive 65-foot domed funnel. Lights, sounds and video swirl around as your multi-person tube rushes down the six stories. This raft ride is just one of the great rides at Wet 'n Wild Orlando, which also features The Surge, Black Hole and Disco H2O.
www.wetnwildorlando.com
9 Faser – Galaxy Erding - Germany
Twenty great slides make up Galaxy Erding. These are classified into three different levels, meaning there is something suitable for all the family. But adrenalin junkies should try Faser, which reaches speeds of 45 miles per hour, while the Kamikaze offers a free-fall gradient of 60 per cent.
www.therme-erding.de
10. Twister and Speedy - Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg thermal spa – Austria
Take your pick: Speedy descends from a 75-foot platform over 460 feet, while Twister, although comparably not as fast, is one of the longest indoor slides in Europe; stretching over 660 feet.
www.sonnentherme.at

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