If you’re looking for a relaxing, refreshing waterslide to cool you off during the hottest stretch of summer, then you’ve clearly clicked the wrong link. These diabolical chutes are for hardened veterans only.
A name like ‘Insano’ requires some serious cachet, but this vertigo-inducing slide at Beach Park in Brazil definitely earns its moniker. At 134 feet (or 41 meters), roughly equivalent to a 14-story building, Insano has already been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest waterslide. And while it only lasts four to five seconds, anyone adventurous enough to give it a go will reach speeds up to 65 miles per hour.
A lot of people who visit Walt Disney World’s Blizzard Beach Water Park might roll their eyes when they see the sign for ‘Mount Gushmore’, but bad puns aside the Summit Plummet is no laughing matter. The slide stretches 360 feet and riders travel up to 60 miles per hour, making this one of the tallest and fastest waterslides in the world.
Unlike the other chutes on this list, the Mammoth (located inside Indiana’s Splashin’ Safari Water Park) is a Hydromagnetic Water Coaster; passengers are seated in a circular conveyance that never leaves the surface of the slide. With that in mind, there are seven drops ― the tallest one reaching a height of 69 feet ― during the course of one ride, which may last up to four minutes.
This descent into hell begins when riders step into a step into a tube; they are then sucked down a trapdoor like a rent deposit and plunge 45 feet. And that’s just the beginning ― Located inside Wave Water Park in Worgl, Austria, L2 is the world’s first double-looping waterslide. You might need to take a breather before going back in for a second try.
The Leap of Faith
At a modest 60 feet, this slide at Aquaventure Water Park in the Bahamas might seem a little shorter than the other entries on our list ― but what it lacks in distance it makes up for in character. Riders begin their journey at the top of a famous Mayan temple, and pass through an acrylic tunnel surrounded by a lagoon filled with sharks before being deposited in a nice, relaxing pool.