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Aquatica’s Tallest and Newest Slide Set to Open May 9

Ihu Breakaway FallsIf you are looking to breakaway this Spring, SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquatica theme park will be the place to go. Opening May 9, the newest tallest water slide is set to open. Whoo hoo Ihu! This new attraction will provide guests an experience many have never had before. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States. Clearly a “must-do” if you have plans to visit SeaWorld this year.

Visitors to this Orlando theme park will climb the stairs watching the riders ahead of them drop. Once you are at the top, there is only one way down! There will be four tubes, three of which are called “breakway boxes.” The fourth option does not include the floor drop, but provides all of the other thrills.

The breakaway riders will stand in a box and will drop from the 80-foot-high platform going down in the clear tubes. Looking down, there is absolutely nothing to see! Once the floor disappears, you’ll drop at the rate of 20-24 feet per second for about 40 feet. Moving at about 16 mph, guests will then slide around 360-degree spirals. While it may take a long time to go up, the trip down will take place in about 20 to 30 seconds.

To be able to experience this new attraction, you’ll need to be at least 48 inches tall. You’ll need to have a lot of nerve too! This ride brings a whole new level of thrill to Aquatica Orlando.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Purchase your tickets early for some of the best savings. As of the end of February, Disney has raised their park tickets, and SeaWorld is sure to follow. Look into multi-park passes so you can experience Aquatica at a discounted rate compared to a single day theme park ticket.

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Tourist Death at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Water Park

A 68 year old man was pulled from the Roa’s Rapids attraction at the Aquatica Water Park yesterday (Oct. 4, 2010).  Life guards spotted the man face-down in what is known as a ‘faster version of the lazy river.’  They pulled the man out and began life-saving procedures while the paramedics were on their way.  Once the paramedics arrived, they took over and continued with advanced lifesaving treatments.  Unfortunately, they were unable to save the man, whose name has not yet been released.

Park officials closed the ride for about an hour after the incident.  It is unclear at this time what is the official cause of death.  Witnesses reported that the man was blue as he was being pulled from the water, and that Aquatica’s lifeguards acted quickly to try to save the man.

A sign at the ride entrance warns riders that “only guests in good health should ride this attraction.”  There are life jackets available, and are required for guests under 51.”  A SeaWorld spokesman stated “Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

Florida is a wonderful state full of water attractions.  Not only at the theme parks, but our almost 1,200 miles of coastline with 663 miles of beaches, as well as more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways.  While water activities are a wonderful way to stay cool and have fun, please keep safety in mind.

Water safety tips:

  • Follow all signs when you go to area attractions; if there is a height limit, it is there for a reason, so do not try to make your child appear taller.
  • If you are not a strong swimmer, please wear a life jacket.  They are provided at area attractions.
  • If you have health problems, follow warnings that are posted at rides & attractions.
  • Any natural body of water in Florida could contain alligators.  Make sure to swim only in areas designated for swimming.
  • Wear safety jackets when boating/skiing.
  • Don’t mix boating and alcohol.
  • Do not let kids operate personal water crafts such as jet skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.
  • Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.
  • Swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool; be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.

Please check out our additional safety tips for traveling.