Sliding for Thrills
North America no longer boasts the world's tallest water slide. Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City in Kansas City, Kansas, used to be home to the globe's highest slide. But, the water slide, called Verrückt—standing at more than 168 feet high—was shut down permanently in November 2017, after a 10-year old boy was killed while riding the attraction in August of that year. The slide has since been demolished. Since then, Brazil and Italy have taken the top spots with slides that stand at 165 feet, 135 feet, and 132 feet.
But, North America isn't far behind: The tallest waterslides on the continent are both 125 feet high and both are located in Orlando, Florida. Indeed, Orlando is home to three water slides on this list. Read on to find out where the tallest water slides on the continent reside and how high they tower.
Ko'okiri Body Plunge: 125 Feet
Modeled on the volcano god, Vol, the Ko’okiri Body Plunge at Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay water park in Florida, features a 70-degree fall that has the rider plunge through a drop door and then nearly straight down a breathtaking (literally) 125 feet.
Kala and Ta Nui: 125 Feet
Tied with Ko'okiri is Kala and Ta Nui also in Orlando and also at Universal Orlando Resort. On these slides, which also include launch capsules with trap doors, guests plunge down clear, intertwining tubes, through many twists and sharp turns, before sending them splashing into the turquoise waters below. As with the Ko'okiri Body Plunge, Kala and Ta Nui are located in the centerpiece mountain at Volcano Bay.
Deep Water Dive:121 Feet
Deep Water Dive at Hurricane Bay, part of Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky, gives riders only three seconds to prepare before they experience a stomach-churning 12-story drop down one of North America’s tallest body slides. Deep Water Dive also is 377 feet long with a 70-degree angle drop.
Summit Plummet: 120 Feet
Summit Plummet at Walt Disney World's Blizzard Beach in Orlando is a freefall body slide that lets sliders plunge through the attraction at speeds reaching 60 mph. Disney calls the slide its "most fearsome" attraction. Summit Plummet offers the option of taking a "ski lift" to the summit, but it's generally so crowded that most riders opt for the stairs.
ZOOMbabwe: 102 Feet
If it's not scary enough to plunge down a slide where you can at least see where you're going, ZOOMbabwe at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, promises a ride in "complete darkness" through what the park says is the "world’s largest enclosed waterslide." ZOOMbabwe is a family raft ride that uses circular rafts to send up to five riders plummeting down its twisty, enclosed tubes and takes almost a minute to complete.
Dive Bomber: 100 Feet
The Dive Bomber, a 10-story-tall water slide at Six Flags White Water park in Marrietta, Georgia, promises guests "a nearly 90-degree decent in less than 10 seconds at the South’s Most Thrilling Water Park." When it opened in 2015, Dale Kaetzel, Six Flags Over Georgia’s president said, “The anticipation of stepping into the capsule and not knowing when the floor underneath you will disappear, sends a jolt of adrenaline and makes this ride one that guests will want to experience again and again."
Point of No Return: 100 Feet
Another 100-foot-tall slide, Point of No Return, is at Noah's Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. "By the time you realize what you’re really in for, it’s already too late," says the park of the freefall waterslide. "The Point of No Return offers a jaw-dropping, hair-raising, nearly-vertical plunge that literally blurs the line between 'thrill' and 'pure terror.' ”
Turbo Twisters: 100 Feet
The three Turbo Twisters at Myrtle Waves Water Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, are enclosed body slides where you shoot down a tube and can't see where you're going. "These three completely enclosed dark slides will send you spiraling down at an exhilarating 50 feet per second," says the park.
H2-Oh-No!: 99 Feet
The H2-Oh-No! freefall body slide at Mountain Creek resort in Vernon Township, New Jersey, stands just a foot shorter than the previous three slides. But, the slightly shorter stature won't slow your ride, says the park: "Plummet 99 feet down in this towering, near-vertical body slide. Feel the g-forces as the slide levels out and brings you in for a safe landing."