Riders climb 126 steps to the top of the eight-story tower, which stands at almost 80 feet tall, stepping into one of three ‘breakaway boxes’. As the door closes, riders cross their arms and give a thumbs up in preparation for their drop – but they’ll never know when the floor beneath them will disappear. Facing each other, thrill-seekers watch as their fellow riders fall.
Adding to the anticipation is the sound of a heartbeat, which can be heard in the background while bracing for the drop. Once the floor disappears, riders drop 20-24 feet per second launching them into a spiralling speed slide and ending in a final splashdown.
Riders who are not quite brave enough for the breakaway boxes can try the open slide so that they can decide when they drop – but be warned, this is the steepest of the four slides and the most intense.
“Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the reason to visit Aquatica Orlando this summer,” said Bryan Nadeau, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “From the daring height, crazy drops, and intense speed, this thrilling new attraction brings a whole new level of excitement to an already amazing park that has so much for every age.”
Fear the Falls … fun facts
- Those who dare to brave Ihu’s Breakaway Falls will experience an almost vertical drop for nearly 40 feet, the steepest slide of its kind in Orlando.
- Ihu’s Breakaway Fall is the longest water thrill slide of its kind featuring three “breakaway boxes” – orange, green, and blue — and one open slide – purple – offering four completely different slide paths.
- Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is theonly high-speed water thrill slide in the world with three breakaway boxes that face each other so riders can share the full experience.
- Once the floor disappears, riders will drop 20-24 feet per second.
- The orange slide is the longest of the four slides measuring 420 feet.
- The green slide path has the shortest drop, but it’s still a 28-foot fall – that’s the same as four seven-foot tall basketball players.
- The blue slide is the steepest slide with a ‘breakaway box’.
- The purple slide is actually the steepest slide.© SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment