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verruckt model in Texas

verruckt model in Texas

Verruckt started to take shape in New Braunfels TX at the site of an old quarry that Schlitterbahn Water Park owns and uses when they're inventing new rides. 960 1280

  

Verruckt model waterslide

Verruckt model waterslide

This is the 80-foot-tall prototype -- a test model that's approximately half the size of the real Verruckt in Kansas City, KS. It was torn down immediately after testing. 960 1280

  

Side view of Verruckt

Side view of Verruckt

Side view of the proposed drop and lift of Verruckt that came to be taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. 960 1280

  

Construction workers building Verruckt

Construction workers building Verruckt

Schlitterbahn Water Park workers building Verruckt. 960 1280

  

view from the top of Verruckt

view from the top of Verruckt

A view from what would be the top of Verruckt. 960 1280

  

John Schooley testing out Verruckt

John Schooley testing out Verruckt

This is John Schooley, the senior designer at Schlitterbahn Water Park. He and Jeff Henry, co-owner of the waterpark, have a tradition of being the first to test any new slide. The two have been testing new waterslides for 20 years. 960 1280

  

first human to ride down Verruckt

first human to ride down Verruckt

This is the very first human ride on the test model. The temperature had dropped from 80 to 43 degrees overnight. Fun note: Jeff Henry duct taped his joints before riding. 960 1280

  

Verruckt waterslide

Verruckt waterslide

This is the real Verruckt. The black pads act as speed bumps on the waterslide, which cause friction and slow down the rafts. 960 1280

  

View of the 60-degree drop on Verruckt

View of the 60-degree drop on Verruckt

This is the nail-biting, 60-degree drop that starts the ride. What makes it even more terrifying is the fact that your raft gets air as you're dropping, lifting you slightly off the slide. 960 1280

  

test rafts going down Verruckt

test rafts going down Verruckt

This is one of the test rafts going down Verruckt. 100 unmanned rafts were sent down Verruckt to make sure the waterslide was complete. The conveyor belt (right; designed after a rock hauler used it in Colorado mines) brings the rafts back up. 960 1280

  

Speed monitor tracking Verruckt waterslide raft at 47mph

Speed monitor tracking Verruckt waterslide raft at 47mph

When the waterslide was tested, with just the rafts, they were hitting speeds of 47 mph. 960 1280

  

Screaming Serpents

Screaming Serpents

Water splashes out of the Screaming Serpents slide at Schlitterbahn in Galveston, TX. 960 1280

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Nitro Racer

Nitro Racer

Riders get ready to slide down the Nitro Racer at Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA. 960 1280

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Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

The Ferris wheel at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay in Louisville, KY. 960 1280

  

Bonzai Pipelines

Bonzai Pipelines

Bonzai Pipelines waterslide at Six Flags New England in Agwam MA is the first slide on the planet to have 6 capsules launching from 1 platform. "Bonzai" is a 7-story 40 mph intense and wet ride -- the tallest fastest and most expensive water ride in New England. 960 1280

  

The Cenote

The Cenote

Visit Cancun Mexico for a water park experience in a pre-historic cenote at Xplor Park. The Cenote starts with a 4-wheeling cave-crawling trail which leads to the first of 4 zip lines heading to the slide. It?s 30 minutes of hang?time 147 feet above the jungle floor in your bathing suit before you get to the main attraction. The jungle slide coils like a snake down the zip line tower and then opens up for an intense 30-second run. 960 1280

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Aquapark

Aquapark

Aquapark in Wroclaw Poland is home to Magic Eye -- a record-breaking waterslide. Climb 7.5 stories- to the top then prepare yourself for 4 back-to-back 360-degree turns at 30 mph. 960 1280

  

F5 Twin Twister

F5 Twin Twister

F5 Twin Twister, at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston, TX, awaits its riders 7 stories above ground. Two twisting tubes send riders down through the "black hole" in just 10 seconds, for what could only be described as the best "washing machine" ride ever! 960 1280

  

Alpamare

Alpamare

Alpamare waterpark in Switzerland is the largest indoor park in Europe. Riders on the King Cone waterslide have a quick 15 seconds on the wet ?n? wild ride to enjoy the changing walls around them. Tiny unpainted parts of the slide allow sunlight to shine through which gives each rider the sense of "twinkling lights." 960 1280

  

Homemade Cliff Slide

Homemade Cliff Slide

Located at Sand Hollow State Park in Utah, the locals got a little creative with this homemade cliff slide, which dumps its riders into an 80 degree, 40-foot-deep reservoir of water. 960 1280

  

Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

Prepare to drop 70 feet aboard Cliffhanger located at Six Flags Over Georgia (just outside Atlanta). Roughly 50% of those brave enough will go down the slide at 40 mph! 960 1280

  

Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon

Welcome to the world's only simulated waterpark ride located in Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia. Patrons step into the 3-D theater and sit in a chair that never stops jerking making their brain tell them that their body is really on a ride. Complete with fog flashing lights and water Waterplexx 5D is as real as it gets! 960 1280

  

Aqualandia

Aqualandia

Patrons stand by the landing pool of VertiGO a 108-foot-tall waterslide at Aqualandia in Benidorm Spain. 960 1280

  

La Banana Loca

La Banana Loca

The initial drop of the 846-foot-long La Banana Loca waterslide at Vallarta Adventures' in Puerto Vallarta Mexico takes riders into an intense figure 8! 960 1280

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Slip 'N Rip

Slip 'N Rip

The Xtreme Waterparks film crew are in Longville, MN (4 hours from Minneapolis) to visit the home of Levi Lavalle -- 9-time X-Games medalist -- who has constructed a 100-foot, $22,000 backyard slide. Locals give the Slip 'N Rip a test  flying off the 75-foot runway. 960 1280

  

Tower of Poseidon

Tower of Poseidon

Located in Dubai and towering 13-stories Tower of Poseidon is on the largest man-made island in the world home to Aquaventure. 960 1280

  

King Khajuna

King Khajuna

King Khajuna waterslide (yellow; Tropical Cyclone in red) sits 102-feet high and is the tallest free fall slide in Europe at Barcelona?s Port Adventura?s Costa Caribe Aquatic Park. 960 1280

  

Spring Valley Beach Waterpark

Spring Valley Beach Waterpark

Spring Valley Beach Waterpark in Blountsville AL is home to the 360 Rush Bowl waterslide that shoots 2 people into the bowl at the same time each going 45-55 mph. 960 1280

  

Aquaparc

Aquaparc

Switzerland's Aquaparc is home to The Booster loop -- at 7-stories high and a total of 328-feet long riders gain speeds of 50 mph shooting them through the slide in 10 seconds and ripping through the loop at 3 G's! 960 1280

  

Slip 'N Fly

Slip 'N Fly

The merciless 125-foot-long Slip ?N Fly at Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp is a ramp that cuts back at 50 degrees and sends riders flying and diving into the water. 960 1280

  

Walhalla Wave

Walhalla Wave

Brave visitors to Aquatica SeaWorld ride the Walhalla Wave half-pipe funnel in San Antonio. 960 1280

  

Stingray Falls

Stingray Falls

A bird's-eye view of Aquatica SeaWorld's pool of stingrays from the top of Stingray Falls. 960 1280

  

Stingray Falls' Grotto

Stingray Falls' Grotto

A family marvels at the view as they pass through Stingray Falls' grotto on an oversized inner tube. 960 1280

  

L2 Slide

L2 Slide

Splashing down in the landing pool of the double-looping L2 slide at Wave Water World in Wörgl, Austria. 960 1280

  

Mammoth

Mammoth

Thrill seekers reach the crest of the hill of Mammoth water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, IN. 960 1280

  

Mammoth and Wildebeest

Mammoth and Wildebeest

A shot of Mammoth and Wildebeest water coasters at Splashin' Safari. 960 1280

  

Tropical Islands

Tropical Islands

Waterpark revelers splash down at the Tropical Islands waterpark in Brandenburg, Germany. 960 1280

  

The Wave

The Wave

The Wave at Water World in Denver gives riders a unique waterpark experience. 960 1280

  

The Wave

The Wave

A boogie boarder tries his hand at The Wave in Denver. 960 1280

  

The Falls

The Falls

A bird's-eye view of The Falls at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, TX. 960 1280

  

Downhill Racer

Downhill Racer

Splashing down at Schlitterbahn on the Downhill Racer slides. 960 1280

  

Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

Brazil's Kilimanjaro waterslide as seen from the landing pool at the bottom. 960 1280

  

Viper Megatube

Viper Megatube

A view from the splashdown pool of the Viper Megatube's twists and turns at NRH2O in Texas. 960 1280

  

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain

Cable cars to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, offer visitors breathtaking views. 960 1280

  

Green Extreme

Green Extreme

A wide shot of Texas' Green Extreme water ride that offers a rollercoaster-like experience. 960 1280

  

Speed Racer

Speed Racer

A view from below the twin Speed Racer waterslides at the Tropical Islands waterpark in Germany. 960 1280

  

Tubenbach

Tubenbach

A view of the Tubenbach slide tower at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, TX. 960 1280

  

The Mountain

The Mountain

The Mountain Water Slide at Buena Vista Lodge & Adventure in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, curves through the jungle. 960 1280

  

The Mountain

The Mountain

The splashdown pool of the Mountain Water Slide at the Buena Vista Lodge & Adventure in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 960 1280

  

Scary Falls and Spacemaker

Scary Falls and Spacemaker

The wave pool at Aqualandia Waterpark in Venice, Italy, with the Scary Falls and Spacemaker waterslides in the background. 960 1280

  

Scary Falls

Scary Falls

Joel and Axel laugh after splashing down on the Scary Falls waterslide at the Aqualandia Waterpark in Venice, Italy. 960 1280

  

Wave Pool

Wave Pool

People in Aqualandia's wave pool in Venice, Italy. 960 1280

  

Insano

Insano

View from the top of Insano waterslide at Beach Park in Brazil. 960 1280

  

Beach Park

Beach Park

A couple glides down a purple and yellow bowl at Beach Park in Brazil. 960 1280

  

Aqua Show

Aqua Show

A wide shot of the Aqua Show family area at Beach Park in Brazil. 960 1280

  

World Waterpark

World Waterpark

A full view of World Waterpark indoor waterpark and wave pool at Beach Park in Brazil. 960 1280

  

The Conja

The Conja

The Conja raft ride at Blue Bayou Waterpark in Baton Rouge, LA. 960 1280

  

Area 47

Area 47

Freefall slides at Area 47 waterpark in Tirol, Austria. 960 1280

  

Wet 'n Wild

Wet 'n Wild

The wave pool at Wet 'n Wild waterpark in Phoenix. 960 1280

  

Area 47

Area 47

An aerial view of the ski jump at Area 47 waterpark in Tirol, Austria. 960 1280

  

Area 47

Area 47

Visitors to Area 47 enjoy the freefall slide. 960 1280

  

Engineering the Slide

Engineering the Slide

Jimi Hunt, creator of the world’s longest waterslide, discusses his plans with Aflex Technology engineer Bren Ellis in Nelson, New Zealand. 960 1280

  

Should We Use Tubes?

Should We Use Tubes?

Jimi and Bren talk about the possibility of using different tubes to allow people to travel down the slide. 960 1280

  

Inside Aflex Technology

Inside Aflex Technology

An Aflex worker sews together pieces for one of the various water products the company offers. 960 1280

  

Moving the Slide

Moving the Slide

Volunteers help Jimi get the slide out a window in Auckland so they can test its durability. 960 1280

  

Preparing the Slide

Preparing the Slide

The crew films volunteers who are helping set up the world's longest waterslide at Jonkers Farm outside Auckland. 960 1280

  

Here Comes the Water!

Here Comes the Water!

A water truck sits at the top of the hill waiting to fill the slide. 960 1280

  

Ready to Be Tested?

Ready to Be Tested?

Jimi sets out to walk along the 2,000-foot slide to make sure it’s ready to be tested. 960 1280

  

Opening Day

Opening Day

The sun rises on opening day for the monstrous waterslide, which is almost as long as 7 football fields. 960 1280

  

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