by Lauren Axelrod on 08/05/09 at 9:41 am
I’ll always remember water slides as being those cheap yellow plastic toys you hooked up to your sprinkle. However, when I was old enough to ride the real thing, I went to my first water park with my family, and I never thought it could be so much fun.
One of my best summer experiences was working at the Beach Water Park in Mason, Ohio as a lifeguard. I had to take a grueling swim test and wear a tight one piece bathing suit that rode up my behind every time I tried to walk.
However, I got to bask in the sunlight all day long, lathered up with baby oil. The best part about that was it helped me glide down the slides as I worked my rotation.
In my opinion, The Beach Water Park has one of the most popular water slides on earth. I am aware that there are dozens of water slides around the globe, but these are the ones that I had the best time on.
The Cliff-The Beach WaterPark
The Cliff at The Beach Waterpark drops you five stories in three full seconds, and it’s rated one of the best slides in the country. You can also check out the “Cliff Rider”, he has the art of catching air on The Cliff down to a science. Check out the Cliff Here
I remember this guy when I worked there. He would swing from the top of the rung and fly onto the slide. Coast all the way down the slide in mid air, almost hitting the tunnel.
Fun Fact: I rode this slide face first and backwards. My brother in law’s family is part owner, so I got the chance to do something most people don’t.
Note: The man in the video is not the Cliff Rider!
Summit Plummit-Blizzard Beach
Summit Plummet is 120 feet high, 350 feet long, and it’s set up like a ski jump. Riders reach speeds of 60 mph as they disappear into the mist at the bottom. Just one word of advise for the ladies. WEAR A ONE PIECE!
The Insano is the highest water slide in the world measuring 41 meters high, which is equivalent to that of a 14-story building. The riders travel at speeds of 60 mph, which takes you down the entire slide in only 5 seconds. Ladies and Gentlemen, this ride is the ultimate in the extreme wedgie.
Nessie’s Revenge (purple) and Sky Screamer (red) at World Waterpark
The Sky Screamer is located in the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.This water slide measures 78 ft high, and takes only 5 seconds to travel down. If you are scared of heights, I wouldn’t suggest looking over the edge considering the sides of the slide itself are quit low. I was a bit un-nerved when I rode this, but I was younger, so I’m sure my experience now would be a bit different.
Image via Wikipedia
Image via Wikipedia
World Waterpark is located in the World’s Largest Mall, so when the kids are off playing with the Sky Screamer and Nessie’s Revenge, the parents can shop all day at the 800 speciality stores.
After a long day at the park, the family can head over to restaurants and clubs including Boston Pizza with BP’s Lounge, Hooters, Tony Roma’s Ribhouse, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Albert’s Family Restaurant, Moxie’s, Earls, Jungle Jim’s and the Comedy Club.
This slide may not be as fun as it is strange. This Switchback is a type of slide that starts as a long slide and dumps the rider into a water tank. I’m not exactly sure how this works, but it reminds me of one of those spinning rides at the carnival. I have yet to experience one of these first hand, but I’m trying to find one locally.
The Natural Earth-Upola
Upolu is an island in Samoa, formed by an enormous shield volcano which rises from the seafloor of the western Pacific Ocean.This particular geologically formed water slide is one of many on this mysterious island.
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