Crazy Water Slides
Even though this is the Coasterblog I still like water slides. Just as roller coasters have gotten more and more extreme over the years, water slides have gotten bigger and better too.
One of the first types of crazy water slides were the Drop Slides. Pretty much the entire slide is a drop. You lie down at the top of the slide and drop. This type of slide gives very short yet fun rides.
Another type of crazy slide is the Tornado. You get into a four person raft and slide through a dark tunnel. Without warning you drop down into a funnel where you fly up one side, then fall, then rise up the other side, until you get dumped out into a pool at the small end.
Of course I can’t omit the famous uphill slides. By far the most roller coaster-ish water slides, these things not only are full of drops but can also blast you uphill! There are many types of uphill slides but the two most common are the Master Blasters and the HydroMagnetic Rockets. The Master Blasters use water, shot at high speeds, to push you up hills. The HydroMagnetic Rockets use LIM magnets, the same type used on some roller coasters like Mr. Freeze and Poltergeist.
Six flags Great Adventure has recently announced their new-for-2012 water slide, King Cobra. While the actual ride doesn’t look that extreme the theming is crazy. The ending features a 25 foot drop into a half pipe where the riders will appear to be eaten by a huge cobra.
One of the latest trends in water parks is the AquaLoop slide. It starts out like the drop slides where you drop off of a tall tower. The difference is that the ride doesn’t end there, instead it travels around a massive, somewhat inclined loop.
While on the subject of looping water slides I must at least say something about the infamous looping water slide at Action Park in Wildwoods New Jersey. I’ve heard that after the first person rode it and got hurt they closed it.
What do you think? Are there any other crazy water slides that you know of? Please comment. Thanks for reading!