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The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.

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#4. Siam Waterpark in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.

Waterslides are a summertime staple, and luckily, no matter where you are in the world, there's a waterslide close by. These 25 amazing waterslides can be found in places from India to South Korea to Canada, and while they're far apart in distance, they all share the common trait of being totally terrifying and epic. #23 would be the best time ever.

#1. Leap of Faith, Bahamas

I have faith in waterslide engineering professionals. I need that faith to launch from the top of the Mayan Temple pyramid, shoot down 60 feet, and then zoom through a transparent tunnel under a pool filled with sharks.

#1. Leap of Faith, Bahamas - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: David Smith

#2. Master Blaster Water Coasters, Dubai

They love to defy nature in Dubai. They built a ski slope in the desert, for heaven’s sake. Now the four water coasters at The Palm resort use water jets and trickery to make you slide up, a bold challenge to gravity and sanity itself.

#2. Master Blaster Water Coasters, Dubai - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: White Water West

#3. Boeing 747, Oregon

A world-class exhibition showcasing the solemn majesty of some of the largest aircraft ever built? Meh. This Oregon aviation museum jazzed things up by adding a waterpark, and included a slide that shoots through the belly of a real Boeing 747 parked on the roof.

#3. Boeing 747, Oregon - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: White Water West

#4. Siam Waterpark in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands are actual islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Ringed by beaches, studded with palm trees, surrounded by water. The only hitch was that the Canary Islands aren’t in Asia. So the Siam Waterpark built a whole range of Thai-themed waterslides, rapids, and wave pools. Problem solved.

#4. Siam Waterpark in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.

#5. Schlitterbarn Water Park in Kansas City

The Schlitterbahn in Kansas City may lack vowels, but it’s got plenty of cool rides. Case in point: the Verrückt, which is taller than Niagara Falls and features a 17-story downhill drop and a five-story uphill climb.

#5. Schlitterbarn Water Park in Kansas City - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Schlitterblog

#6. Summit Plummet, Florida

Ah Disney, you masters of contradiction. Who else would have built a waterpark in hot, landlocked Orlando and called it “Blizzard Beach”? They capped it off with this mountain-themed waterslide that will accelerate you to nearly 60 miles an hour over its 120-foot drop.

#6. Summit Plummet, Florida - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Disney

#7. World Waterpark in Alberta, Canada

Sensible Canadians considered the flat, frozen landscape of Alberta and decided to take their aquatic fun indoors. Nestled under the glass arches of the West Edmonton Mall, World Waterpark features looping waterslides,a surf simulator, a giant wave pool, and even ziplines.

#7. World Waterpark in Alberta, Canada - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: wem.ca

#8. Bulletbowl, Beijing

What to do with huge sports venues after the two-week frenzy of the Olympics has come to a close? Beijing filled its iconic Water Cube pool complex with water-themed rides like the Bulletbowl, which drops you down a tube and sends you whipping around a series of tight corkscrews.

#8. Bulletbowl, Beijing - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Waterpark Watercube

#9. Insano, Fortaleza, Brazil

You don’t have to speak Portuguese to understand what they were getting at when they named this slide the Insano. It’s reigned supreme as the tallest waterslide in the world since 1989, clocking in at 135 feet tall.

#9. Insano, Fortaleza, Brazil - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Travel Mint

#10. Scorpion’s Tail, Wisconsin

Ten stories high and 400 feet long, the Scorpion’s Tail gets you up to 50 feet per second with the near-vertical drop in its first section. As if that weren’t enough, it uses all that momentum to send you arcing through a loop.

#10. Scorpion’s Tail, Wisconsin - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Noahs Ark Waterpark

#11. Area 47, Innsbruck, Austria

Austrians are so keen on their rocky Alps and gravity-fueled extreme sports that they couldn’t limit themselves to ski season. In the warmer months, they flock to the Area 47 waterpark to enjoy looping slides, high-dive platforms, and some kind of inflatable water catapult practice known as “blobbing.”

#11. Area 47, Innsbruck, Austria - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Area 47

#12. Head-first Racer, China

You can waterslide like you always have, lining up one by one to take your turn down a single twisting tube. Or you can take on your rivals and vanquish them at the Head-First Racer in China, which offers 8 different tubes so that sliders can compete to see who’s the fastest.

#12. Head-first Racer, China - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: White Water West

#13. The Cyclone - World Waterpark, Canada

First, climb down into this capsule. Ok? Ok. Then we’re just going to suddenly yank the floor out from under you, sending you plunging straight down before shooting you through a loop. Good? Good.

#13. The Cyclone - World Waterpark, Canada - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: National Post News

#14. Big Thunder, Florida

So many of these rides are solo experiences. Big Thunder puts you and three of your closest friends in a clover-shaped raft before sending you all down a rumbling, dark tunnel, and shooting the raft out and up the sides of a broad funnel.

#14. Big Thunder, Florida - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Rapids Water Park

#15. Jumeirah Sceirah, Dubai

Capsule-based slides like the the Jumeirah Sceirah (rhymes with “scare ya”) rely on anticipation: standing in a sealed capsule at the top of the ride, you don’t know exactly when the trap door at your feet will drop and send you plunging. It’s a clever way of inserting additional thrills before you’ve slid an inch.

#15. Jumeirah Sceirah, Dubai - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Mediastream

#16. Giant Slide, China

Your unsuspecting family clambers into the ring-shaped raft, thinking that they’re going through a normal winding tube slide. But no: at the end, your raft accelerates through a drop and bursts into the open to slide up a curving slope.

#16. Giant Slide, China - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: White Water West

#17. Ho Tay Waterpark, Vietnam

Even by the muggy standards of other humid southeast Asian capitals, Hanoi is hot. Ho Tay Waterpark does a brisk business from locals trying to beat the heat in its wave pool, lazy river, and a full dozen waterslides.

#17. Ho Tay Waterpark, Vietnam - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Hanoi Local Guide

#18. Twister and Speedy - Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg Thermal Spa, Austria

By now, waterparks know they have to cater to the discriminating tastes of the waterslide connoisseur. This Austrian park offers two subtly different experiences to aficionados: Speedy is the exhilarating option, with a 75-foot drop to bring you up to speed, while the 663-foot Twister is one of Europe’s longest enclosed slides.

#18. Twister and Speedy - Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg Thermal Spa, Austria - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: BP

#19. Epic Plunge, Norwegian Cruise Line

We can’t tell you exactly where the Epic Plunge is right now, all we know is that it’s somewhere in the Mediterranean. Because it’s on a cruise ship. This 200-foot waterslide is the only bowl slide at sea.

#19. Epic Plunge, Norwegian Cruise Line - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Mojomums

#20. Città del Mare, Italy

Enough of the artificial, the Italians said. No more sliding into a pool. At this resort, hewed from the rugged and gorgeous Sicilian coast, you can ride a series of waterslides into the very Mediterranean itself.

#20. Città del Mare, Italy - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: SNP Ltd

#21. King Cobra, New Jersey

This north Jersey water park had to step up its game to wow jaded New Yorkers. How about a coiled, serpent-themed slide, painted in brilliant red, white, and black, that shoots you into a bowl shaped like a cobra’s hood? Are you impressed now, New York?

#21. King Cobra, New Jersey - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Theme Park Review

#22. Summit Tower - Calypso Park, Canada

I’m demanding and easily displeased. I require options. Summit Tower meets my needs as a fussy waterslide customer: ten different slides, from the high and fast to the low and slow, depart from different levels of this Ottawa behemoth.

#22. Summit Tower - Calypso Park, Canada - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: White Water West

#23. Tantrum Alley, Dubai

First there’s a tornado that sloshes your four-person raft around and around as you gather speed. Then a downhill drop. Then another tornado, then another downhill. Capped off by another tornado. Then it’s over.

#23. Tantrum Alley, Dubai - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: IH

#24. Wildebeest, Indiana

Don’t take the people of the fine state of Indiana for hicks. Their Wildebeest uses HydroMagnetic linear induction technology to accelerate rafts uphill through the longest multi-person water slide in the world. Indiana pursues cutting-edge innovation in the service of your vacation.

#24. Wildebeest, Indiana - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: Holiday World

#25. AquaLoop, South Korea

Thrill-seeking South Koreans can travel anywhere they please, so the sprawling Everland theme park has to go the distance to impress them. This double-tubed slide launches you from sixty feet up and through a 360-degree loop.

#25. AquaLoop, South Korea - The World’s 25 Scariest Waterslides… I’m Surprised #6 Is Even Legal.
Photo: White Water West

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2 comments:

  1. Water slides 15 and 23 are the same. It's the Wild Wadi at Jumeirah Beach, opposite the famous 7-start hotel Burj Al Arab. http://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/wild-wadi/

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  2. I admit, I have not been on this web page in a long time...tort law however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues.

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