The World’s Tallest Waterslide – Schlitterbahn, Kansas City
Standing at 51.38 m (168 ft 7 in), the newest ride at a Kansas City theme park has been officially verified by Guinness World Records as the tallest waterslide in the world.
After tackling the 264 steps to the top, riders will be strapped to a four-person raft before they plunge down the slide at around 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph). First is a near-vertical drop of 51.2 metres. Next comes “The Hill” – a climb and drop equivalent to five storeys and spanning the width of 10 trucks. Rides will last approximately 11 seconds.
The name of the ride – Verrückt – is German and appropriately translates as “insane”.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Walt Disney World Resort – Bay Lake, Florida
This is one of the fastest and most fearsome water slides in the world. The sheer, 120-foot slope will test the mettle of even the most seasoned of thrill-seekers. In terms of scale, Summit Plummet reaches the equivalent of 12 storeys in height
Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Some of the best water slide experiences involve having fun with your friends. Tantrum Alley maxes out at four people per flotation device, so you can bring your mates along for the ride. As you cling on to your raft, you’ll swoop through two downhill runs and three swirling funnels.
Beach Park, Porto das Dunas – Fortaleza, Brazil
Insano is one of the highest waterslide in the world – 14 storeys high! As you drop down this crazy mechanism, you’ll hit speeds of 65 miles an hour. Because you’re mostly freefalling, it takes you only four or five seconds to reach the bottom
Leap of Faith
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort – Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Leap of Faith gets its novelty edge from plunging through shark-infested waters. Designed to look like a Mayan temple, you can enjoy a 60ft drop, while desperately hoping that Jaws won’t break through the translucent tunnel
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus – Indiana, USA
Wildebeest is the world’s second longest water coaster. You climb into a toboggan-style boat with three of your friends and head up the conveyor-belt lift hill. Then, into the tunnel you go!
Noah’s Ark Water Park, Wisconsin Dells – Wisconsin, USA
This 400-foot long water slide has a stomach-churning drop, where you’ll plummet at 50-feet per second. At ten storeys high, you’d be mad to take on the Scorpion’s Tail if you’re not a fan of adrenaline-intense rides
Citta del Mare
Citta del Mare Hotel Village – Terrasini, Italy
Probably the tamest water slide on our list, Citta del Mare, is broken up by pools. As far as views go though, this Italian vista is gorgeous, and you finish your slide by plunging into the Mediterranean Sea. Relax and enjoy the ride.
Wave Water Adventure World – Woergl, Austria
After being dropped from a futuristic pod, you’ll endure 14 metres of freefall down this 129 metre slide. The first double-loop flume will leave you feeling disorientated, but you’ll be fine! Probably..
Norwegian Epic Water Park – Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line
For the adventurous voyagers, the Epic Plunge water slide is the only tube slide at sea that twists and turns down three stories into the core of a bowl slide with a thrilling drop through a 200-foot long tube..
Wet ‘n Wild Orlando, Orlando – Florida, USA
Hypnotising water thrills await as you and your friends encounter a splashing dose of group therapy on this unique new water ride. Lose your grip on reality, but not your grip on the 2 or 4-person tube, as you climb the walls on the six-story extreme tube ride with a 53-foot vertical drop into the 65-foot domed funnel. It’s mind blowing!
Terme 3000 Water Park – Slovenia
This 360-degree looping waterslide will make you hit staggering speeds of up to 40mph. A trapdoor start will soon get that adrenaline pumping! Set in the thermal springs area of Slovenia, you can enjoy beautiful views while you’re waiting anxiously for your turn.
Twister and Speedy
Fun World & Speed World, Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg – Lutzmannsburg, Austria
Twister and Speedy. Although Twister is the longest, at 660 feet, Speedy is by far the fastest, so have fun mixing and matching between the two!
World Waterpark, West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Canada
Seeing as temperatures can drop to -40 in the winter, the Canadians are fond of their indoor water parks. The Cyclone at World Waterpark comes with a 17 metre drop and you will reach speeds of up to 60km/h.
Calypso Park, Limoges – Ontario, Canada
The highest waterslide tower in North America, you can expect slides for speed junkies and families alike
Chimelong Water Park, Guangzhou – Guangdong, China
Situated in the largest water park in the world, the Behemoth Bowl can take up to four riders at a time. You’ll shoot down an 80 metre-long translucent tube, before splashing into a massive bowl. Here, you’ll get swirled around and then dropped down the central shoot.
Aquatica, San Antonio – Texas, USA
What could be cooler than a zero-gravity wall? On Walhalla Wave, you and three of your friends can enjoy a fast-paced thrill ride that will make you feel weightless!