15 Scariest Water Slides In The World

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Summer is here, which means it’s time to pack up the kids and take them to a crowded amusement park filled with obnoxious strangers and rampant price-gouging. Among the many attractions of these stress-inducing “vacation” destinations are water slides, which in addition to stealing the bathing suits of people everywhere, are often pretty fun to boot. Like anything though, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing, as these following 15 water slides prove sending people careening down a wet death tunnel is more of an art-form than we would have ever thought. Behold the 15 scariest water slides in the world!

15. Head First Racer

As the title makes painfully clear, this slide in Chimelong Waterpark, China is ridden head first and considering the steep drop (and the 7 other riders competing to be the first to the bottom), that’s more than enough to qualify this as a terrifying water tube. Having to put your head at the front of it all only makes it worse.

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14. Cliffhanger

The Cliffhanger in Galveston, Texas is a well-known slide in the region and for good reason. The slide offers 2 different ways to ride – down the twisting F5 Twin Twister Tubes or a straight drop down the 80 foot tall Cliffhanger chute, which reaches speeds of 35mph. Clearly, this one’s a classic for a reason.

13. Toboggan

Most water slides deposit riders into wading pools at their endpoint, but the designers of the Toboggan in Sicily had a much grander finish in mind for their slide — a plunge right into the Mediterranean Sea. The slide itself isn’t particularly noteworthy in terms of height or speed, but the picturesque setting (and a smattering of rocky cliffs) definitely up the wow-factor of this one-of-a-kind slide.

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12. Wildebeest

Formerly the longest water slide in the world, the Wildebeest at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana is still a beastly (pun intended) attraction that lives up to its name.  Riders are strapped into 4 passenger boats so they can take on a track length of 1,710 feet (520 meters) and a ride duration of 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Opened on May 7, 2010, it’s easy to see why this massive structure won the Golden Ticket Award for “Best Waterpark Ride” 2 years in a row (2010 and 2011).

11. Mammoth

The current reigning champion of “world’s longest water slide”, the Mammoth not only took the title from the Wildebeest, it was built in the very same park! Measuring an absurd 1,763 feet long, the Mammoth is such a colossal feat of water slide magic that it can only be experienced with 5 other riders. Considering the ride duration is a whopping 3 minutes, you might just have time to make some lasting friendships with your sliding mates.

10. Aqualoop

You really haven’t ridden a water slide until you’ve experienced one with a loop in it. Yes, water slides with loops are a reality and the aptly-named Aqualoop in IXtapan de La Sal, Mexico is a great example of how to do it right (for a look at how to do it wrong, take a look at the #1 entry on this list). The Aqualoop’s trapdoor and 37 mph speeds are enough to make riders queasy on their own, but adding a near-vertical loop into the mix means those theme park churros won’t stay down for long.

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9. King Cobra – New Jersey

The King Cobra at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, New Jersey is one of the most beautiful slides in the world, but much like the snake it’s named after, there is danger lurking under that aesthetically-pleasing visage (okay, cobras are just plain terrifying). This ride, which pits 2 riders against each other, reaches speeds of 32 mph and literally puts you into the jaws of a giant cobra head (don’t worry though, this one doesn’t bite).

8. Scorpion’s Tail

Another looping water slide, the Scorpion’s Tail at Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin is a brief, but terrifying ride that drops riders into a blue tunnel, around a near-vertical loop, before plunging them into a wading pool. 10 stories high, 400 feet long, 50-feet-per-second speeds…this one will leave a sting (or at least a nice bathing suit wedgie).

7. Summit Plummet, Orlando, Florida

The Summit Plummet at Disney World, Florida is a world-renowned water slide that is not for the faint of heart. While Disney World seems like an unlikely place to find much in the way of thrill rides, the Summit Plummet doesn’t disappoint, featuring 12 stories and almost 60 mph of ice-themed thrills. Hopefully Disney places an abundance of fun characters around the ride to help quell the terrified children that take this plunge.

6. L2, Austria

Loops are already a pretty terrifying prospect when it comes to water slide designs, so the creators of the L2 slide at Wave Water Park in Worgl, Austria decided to up the ante by putting in 2 loops. Combined with the ride’s 45 foot drop from a trapdoor start and it becomes exceedingly clear that the L2 is a next-level water slide experience. Adding to the terror, the red tunnels feel like the trippy chocolate river boat scene from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

5. Jumeirah Sceirah, Dubai

The Jumeirah Seeirah at Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai is so fast, you have to wear a shirt to ride it. That’s because you’ll experience top speeds of 50 mph in just a few seconds. The ride itself is over in a matter of seconds, but it manages to cram a heck of a lot of thrills into that short time frame. It also helps that the encased launch-door makes you feel like you’re being sent through some sort of space tube from the future.

4. Verruckt, Kansas

Bigger is better when it comes to water slide thrills, at least if structures like the Verruckt (which means “insane” in German) are any indication. Standing an incredible 17 stories high — taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty — Verruckt is the tallest water slide in the world. Opened just last year in Kansas City, Kansas, Verruckt is the stuff of water slide lovers’ dreams, subjecting them to 5 Gs and a 168 foot free fall. It’s not surprise that this super slide had all manner of engineering issues and delays before it was finished.

3. Leap of Faith, Bahamas

Perhaps the most scenic water slide ever created, the Leap of Faith at Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas is truly a sight to behold. The slide is set in a replica Mayan temple and plunges riders down a 60 foot drop into a tunnel that runs under a lagoon filled with sharks. Yes, you are essentially in a shark tank on this water slide (albeit very briefly). At least the designers had the foresight to not put sharks in the wading pool at the end.

2. Insano Slide, Beach Park, Brazil

While it’s no longer the tallest water slide in the world, the Insano is arguably the most iconic, attracting thrill-seekers from around the world for over 25 years. The speed on this thing is incredible, clocking in at around 65 mph. The standout feature of Brazil’s Beach Park, the slide also has a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean from the top, which is a great image to have stuck in your head before you take the death-defying drop.

1. Cannonball Loop

The most infamous water slide in the world, the Cannonball Loop is so dangerous it only stayed open for a month in the 1980s. There were numerous injuries on the ride, which featured the first ever full loop-the-loop, and there are even rumors that test dummies would come out of the slide missing limbs. New Jersey’s Action Park wants to resurrect their failure in the form of a new slide that pays homage to the original Cannonball Loop while actually being functional. The Sky Caliber is expected to be unveiled in 2016 and will come equipped with a 30-foot loop. If successful, the Sky Caliber would be the first fully-functioning vertical loop slide in the world.

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