Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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SeaWorld's Aquatica announces May opening of new water thrill ride (w/video)

SeaWorld's water park Aquatica revealed an opening date Friday for its newest attraction, Ihu's Breakaway Falls, a multi-drop water slide.

Riders will get to experience what is billed as the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States when it opens on May 9.

The ride, nearly 80 feet tall, has riders step onto three clear "breakaway boxes." Then in random sequence, each will fall as the floor underneath them breaks away.

"With four unique slide paths, Ihu's Breakaway Falls brings a whole new level of thrill to Aquatica Orlando," Bryan Nadeau, Aquatica Orlando vice president, said in a news release. "Riders can step into three breakaway boxes or test their bravery on a fourth open slide for a different, but just as thrilling experience. No matter which slide you choose, once you get to the top, the only way down is down."

Here are some fun facts that Aquatica released about the thrill water ride:

• At nearly 80 feet tall, Ihu's Breakaway Falls has the tallest and steepest 360-degree spirals in the southern United States.

• Riders will experience an almost vertical drop for nearly 40 feet, the steepest in the southern United States.

• Once the floor disappears, riders will drop 20-24 feet per second.

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