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World’s Most Ridiculously Fantastic and Fun Water Slides

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

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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!

Insano -Brazil

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

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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.

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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.

SwitchBack

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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

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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.

Interesting Fact: One of the smallest species of spider lives on Upolu. “According to the Guinness Book of World Records 2005, the spider is the size of a period on a page from that book.”

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Reilley

May 8th, 2009

Nicely done, great pics, and a fun topic!

Glynis Smy

May 8th, 2009

Great fun article.

rajeev bhargava

May 8th, 2009

i really enjoyed reading this article. it was filled with fun and very entertaining photographs. thanks for sharing it!!

kate smedley

May 8th, 2009

Some of these look absolutely terrifying! Great article, not sure if I’d dare go on any!

Christine Ramsay

May 8th, 2009

They look a bit scary to me, but I know my sons would love them. A great article.

Christine

Peter Cimino

May 8th, 2009

This totally ROCKS! I LOVE water slides and can never get enough of them. Well done Lauren. Makes me want to go right now!!

nobert soloria bermosa

May 8th, 2009

it’s summer time-it’s swimming time…nice slides

papaleng

May 8th, 2009

Excellent article and stunning photos of slides. thanks Lauren for sharing.

Melody SJAL

May 8th, 2009

Amazing fun water slides. Great post, Lauren.

Joie Schmidt

May 9th, 2009

Oh my x’s infinity!!!*

Blessings.

Sincerely,

-Liane Schmidt.

catlord

May 10th, 2009

I love that line delivered by the late George Carlin in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” about “…we have more excellent waterslides than any planet we communicate with.”

Fun article Lauren. thumbsUp :-)

catlord

May 10th, 2009

I love that line delivered by the late George Carlin in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” about “…we have more excellent waterslides than any planet we communicate with.”

Fun article Lauren. thumbsUp :-)

The Quail

May 10th, 2009

Awesome article and very cool pictures of waterslides.

Juancav

May 10th, 2009

Innovative and well researched ,I enjoy it.

Jo Oliver

May 11th, 2009

these look like so much fun. thx for the info and pics. good to see you back at it Lauren. SU thumbs up too.

Joe Dorish

May 11th, 2009

Love waterparks! Insano looks cool!

Chris Stonecipher

May 11th, 2009

Lauren,
This was a fun read! Nice to see you back Lauren. I hope school treated you well this semester. I added this to my Chris Stonecipher and Friends blog and thumbs up on Stumble.
Bless you,
chris

CutestPrincess

May 31st, 2009

wow…. wanna try all of these…fantastic slide…

Bo Russo

May 31st, 2009

Awesome info Lauren.

lolly

Jun 12th, 2009

that was a great article, i actually wanted to finish reading it!

Guilherme

Feb 6th, 2010

I have already experienced Insano waterslide… after a two-hour period of courage finding!!! \o/
Man, you don´t feel your back onto the slide, it’s almost a free falling!!!
ROX

vaughanh

Feb 10th, 2010

Wow! They look scary, especially Insano. Wouldn’t get me on any of them!

slides4evah

Feb 23rd, 2010

Awesome article! Waterparks are way too much fun! I’m from Ottawa (Canada) and heard about a new park opening this summer!

It’s called Calypso – http://www.calypsopark.com/

I can’t wait… better be worth it!

vishma

Mar 11th, 2010

yes u r no help!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris

May 2nd, 2010

Holy macaroni at Insano. That is one heck of a drop. I live in Wisconsin and go to Noah’s Ark, we have Point of No Return which is 10 stories tall, I can’t even begin to imagine another four stories of height added onto it. Insano looks insanely fun!

robert

Aug 18th, 2010

u should go to siam park in tenerife it has a water slide that free falls 28 meteres check out the website

Katie

Oct 7th, 2010

Cool article! I also love water parks. You should go to Wisconsin dells the water capitol of the world. It\’s so awesome. Pretty much all there hotels have waterparks indoor and out. Noah\’s ark located in wisconsin dells I think is the largest waterpark. You should read up on it. I am from Chicago by the way.

caleb

May 8th, 2011

I went on the Insano about 5 times today. very awesome

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