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I rode the Sky Tower today. While the new 50th Anniversay wrap around the observation car looks great from the outside, it makes it very difficult to see through the windows while on the actual ride.

 

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This morning the media was invited out to SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica to try out the new Ihu's Breakaway Falls trap door water slide. The reaction that Adam had was HILARIOUS!!! Be sure to watch the video (especially the end) below! The ride has been soft opened for guest over the past week, but it "officially" opens tomorrow.

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 9, 2014) – Ihu’s Breakaway Falls™ - the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in Orlando – is now open at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™.

 

Riders climb 126 steps to the top of the eight-story tower (nearly 80 feet), stepping into one of three colorful breakaway boxes. As the door closes, riders cross their arms and give a thumbs up in preparation for their drop -- they’ll never know when the floor beneath them will disappear! Facing each other, riders 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 spiraling speed slide culminating in a final splashdown.

Riders who are not quite brave enough for the breakaway boxes can try the open slide. But don’t be fooled, this is not an ordinary slide; it’s the steepest of the four slides and many riders are calling it 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.”

 

Here are some photos & video!

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We are here this morning at Aquatica in Orlando checking out their latest water slide for thrill seekers!

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First thing they did was give us awesome sunglasses! We ran into Eric from the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast. He looks dead sexy in purple!

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Hanging out with Haley from Attractions Magazine. Only the cool kids wear pink!

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There it is! Ihu's Breakaway Falls! Three "trap door" water slides and one awesome body slide!

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Adam is still glowing over the fact that SeaWorld parks switched over to Coke products!

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If you're not up to the challenge of riding, they have this awesome green screen photo thing so you can "fake it" and still look cool to all your friends.

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Except Adam will never look cool to all his friends! :p (We love you, Adam!) (That's a lie....)

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Because EVERYONE goes riding water slides in shorts and a collared shirt!

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If you're a fan of ProSlide (which we are) you gotta love the look and feel of their slides!

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And yes, Ihu's Breakaway Falls is TWISTY!!!

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Adam is smiling now, but in just a few moments, he's about to be TERRIFIED!!!

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This is the moment here where you need to watch the video...especially the ending...over and over...every time he screams I still LOL!

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Today we are hashtagging #BreakawayBrave!

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The "postcard" shot of Ihu's Breakaway Falls

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"Adam? Are you ok???"

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The boring ride info stuff that everyone has to read.

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Ihu's Breakaway Falls.... THROUGH THE TREES!

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Those are the tubes that drop you out!

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And the one lone body slide has a pretty good drop on it!

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There's the landing platform. Hope you make it! ;)

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More ride info...

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From the top of Ihu's Breakaway Falls you can get a great view of Kraken!

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And Manta!

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Are you ready to slide? Here's the purple body slide entrance....

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And these trap door "capsules" also have a heart beat pulsating sound in them!

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This image gives Adam nightmares!

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TWO HUGE THUMBS UP for Ihu's Breakaway Falls! Come out to SeaWorld's Aquatica in Orlando and ride!

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Hmm--Adam's scream would make a great sound effect for the next Star Wars movie. Breakaway Falls looks like a larger, crazier version of Vanish Point at Water Country USA.

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If I were an operator on this slide, this is what I'd be tempted to say before springing the trapdoor: "Goodbye, Mr. Bond!"

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^That's a good choice, as well.

 

Or from Flash Gordon: "Pathetic Earthlings! Hurling your bodies out into the void!"

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Those enclosed speed slides scare me to death. I get so claustrophobic. The trap door for sure would NOT help.

 

That makes it easier for me. I get freaked out on the open air ones.

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How is the water-up-the-nose factor?

 

I love water slides, but some of the body speed slides can be uncomfortable for me as not only do I inhale/snort about a cup of water on the way down (I try to keep my mouth shut and hold my breath, but usually I end up yelling) and my bathing suit usually ends up around my chest. I was impressed to see that Adam's bathing suit managed to stay in it's proper place!

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Not a whole lot has changed at SWO recently. The most notable things that are occurring at the parks now is Journey to Atlantis getting its drop re-tracked this week, and Summer Nights is approaching. Internally there hasn't been a lot of information passed around about what the new nighttime killer whale show will be but I can say for sure I am excited to see what it is.

 

Oh also if you really like the animals at Sea World like I do they did just have their Weedy Sea Dragons at Manta start showing eggs, which is a very rare occurrence for any aquarium.

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