Seaworld’s Aquatica’s tallest ride is now open! The slide is named after Ihu, Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando’s colorful gecko who is always on the lookout for the “biggest thrills, steepest hills and the coolest spills” in the waterpark.
At almost 80 feet tall, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is a trap-door water slide, and part of the thrill is wondering which of the three slides will drop first.
How Ihu’s Breakaway Falls Works
The new Ihu’s Breakaway Falls has three breakaway boxes with transparent doors that face each other. They’re called “boxes” but really they look somewhat more like a teleportation tube from the future. Riders step into one of these three breakaway boxes which are designed with a trap door that drops you in a 80 degree free fall.
The clear door is shut from the outside, leaving the three riders to stare at each other in anticipation. Who will drop first? And who drops next? Imagine watching those around you drop out of sight one-by one while waiting for the floor to disappear beneath your feet. It’s all part of this wild new ride.
Riders fall 80 degrees for almost 40 feet, where the slide takes a turn and transforms into a 360-degree spiral.
If you plan to ride the Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, but change your mind once you get up there, a fourth more conventional slide is available. It’s just as fast, but offers a feeling of a little bit more control at the start.
To ride the Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, guests must be at least 48″ tall and must weigh no more than 300 pounds. Swimwear is required.
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