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World’s Craziest Water Slides

World’s Craziest Water Slides

When it comes to water slides, water park lovers are always expecting something extraordinary waiting for them, something that they will be talking about for a long time afterward. A 120 ft drop at 60 km/h is more like music to their ears and this is the reason why engineers of today keep pushing their creative boundaries to come up with an ultimate daredevil of a slide; the one that will bring the screams out of them. As a result, today’s water slides are not just plain water slides, they are well-engineered pieces of art specially designed to give the visitors a one of a kind experience.

From Brazil all the way to Dubai, these are the tallest, sharpest and the craziest water slides in the world.

  1. The Verrückt — Schlitterbahn, Kansas City

The slide stands at an intimidating 168ft and 7inches. It has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest water slide in the world. Here is what the slide actually looks like.

  1. The Scorpion’s Tail — Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin

This slide is almost as deadly as it sounds. It hardly takes 5-7 seconds to complete. The idea of the slide lies on the floor beneath it. In the safety of the clear capsule, the floor vanishes and the drop initiates; and it is after this drop that the actual adventure begins.

  1. Twister and Speedy — Sonnetherme Lutzmannsburg Thermal Spa, Austria

Can’t get enough of the adrenaline rush, craving for more, then this ride is for you. Speedy features a descent of 460ft at a breakneck speed, while Twister which is a thrilling flume which sprawls at a staggering 660ft drop.

  1. Faser — Galaxy Erding, Germany

This one right here is an example of German engineering at its best. Faser’s riders regularly achieve speeds in excess of 45km/h.

  1. Jumeirah Sceirah — Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai

Situated in the glorious surroundings of Dubai, the Jumeirah Sceirah is an awe-inspiring slide that completes its drop in just a few seconds at the speed of 50km/h. This is not for the lighthearted individuals.

  1. Insano — Beach Park, Brazil

This was previously recognized as the tallest water slide in the world. Brazil’s Insano stands at an intimidating 14 stories high and descends at the speed of 65km/h. This one is truly a one of a kind slide that can quench the thirst for an ultimate thrill ride.

  1. Leap of Faith — Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Last but not the least; Leap of Faith is an example of what water slides of today have transformed into. The Bahamas might be very well known for spending peaceful time and relaxing, but this is a perfect contrast to what the Bahamas stand for. It is a memorable flume ride that plunges the riders from a 60ft height, hurtling through a transparent tunnel in a shark-filled lagoon. This one is a masterpiece indeed.

We believe the above list is enough to give any water park enthusiasts the adrenaline rush needed to curb his thirst of being on the most insane slides of them all. For more interesting discussions follow our blog and if you have any particular topic related to water parks that you want us to write about, please mention it in the below comments section.

Do visit some of the water parks custom designed by the bright team at Arihant and be amazed at the thrilling rides that we have created. A ride on one could be the most thrilling moment of your lifetime!

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History Of Water Slides

History Of Water Slides

History textbooks have been store houses of information about some of the most important events in the history of mankind – wars, politics, immigration events, etc. But when it comes to trivia, there is hardly any place that you could learn about some equally important facts. The History of Water Slides, for example, has not been mentioned in any textbooks. No book has ever mentioned how water slides came into existence and became an important part of our lives. We are sure each and every one of us has experienced the thrill of being on a water slide, whether it is an amusement park, a water park or simply an inflatable water slide placed in our back yard.

So, we did a bit of digging around and tried to track down some of the earliest examples of one of the most exciting ingredients of amusement parks today, the mighty water slide. We did manage to find some early examples of mankind’s commitment towards having a good time.

One of the first documented water slides came from New Zealand as a part of the 1906 International Exhibition. The “Wonderland” area of the exhibition included different types of rides and entertainment experiences which was more like a mini-amusement park. It was here that “water chute” was displayed. Even back then people knew a cool thing when they saw it. Soon after the exhibition, “Wonderland” closed down; the water chute slide was sold to a business where it went on for a few years in Wellington, New Zealand. But eventually it was dismantled.

The second instance was of Herbert Sellner. Herbert Sellner lived in Faribault, Minnesota. He started with his designing career first by making furniture, later moved on to making toys for children and then finally, most famously, the Water-Toboggan Slide. Built in 1923, the slide featured a wooden sled that people sat on and rode down an incline into a lake. Much like in New Zealand, this sled did not sink but shot off across the water for distances up to 100 feet, according to the U.S. Patent Services site.

This idea was quickly adapted into different versions of same water slide which were placed at swimming pools, lakes and beaches. This had all the making of what one would rightly call as a staple of the amusement parks. Herbert Sellner didn’t stop there, and went on to design the Tilt-a-Whirl slide which debuted at the Minnesota State Fair in 1927.

By this time the market was open for having all kinds of water slides and this paved way for Sea World which was founded in 1964 by George Millay in San Diego and later similar parks were opened in Orlando and Ohio. He later saw the potential of parks which were built around water attractions and went on to open what is considered to be the first water park, Wet n’ Wild in Orlando, according to Waterpark.com. The park became so popular that he later opened more in the United States, Mexico and Brazil. From the view point of the history of water slides, this was a by far the most important step.

Speaking of Wet n’ Wild, Arihant Water Park Equipment has had the privilege of working with the Wet n’ Wild in Brazil on a few water slides. It truly was a proud moment for our entire team to partner with the water park that has played such a vital role in shaping the attractions industry of today. Catch the glimpse of our work for Wet n’ Wild in Brazil here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz3p16YycrU

So, this was how water slides became an integral part of the attractions industry and more importantly an outlet for having a jolly good time for people of all ages.

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