This summer, Noah's Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, opens the country's only looping waterslide. The Scorpion's Tail gives you the thrills of a roller coaster without having to strap to a track (or wear a shirt)—and it uses sophisticated engineering to keep you secure as you slip any which way.
Riders stick to the walls because the loop travels a tilted angle, not a straight-up-and-down line that could drop people on their heads. Then there's the computerized control system, exit hatch and host of sensors to make sure riders splash out intact.
The timid can take extra comfort in knowing that the engineering firm behind the Tail, WhiteWater West, based it on a design that's been up and running danger-free for two summers in Europe. And the ride allows for vicarious kicks, too: As daredevils zoom by at close to 3 Gs, bystanders can watch through the semitransparent fiberglass walls.
How It Works
1. A trapdoor drops you down. An operator can open it only when sensors report sufficient water flow and that the previous rider has finished.
2. A 55-foot chute descends a steep 70-degree slope to help you build up enough speed—about 30 mph—to ascend the loop.
3. If you don't have enough momen-tum to reach the top of the loop, and slip back to its start instead, an opening lets you exit (one in 100 riders might do this).
4. Optical sensors track a rider as he enters the slide and, nine to 14 seconds later, as he splashes out into a slow-down lane of deeper water.
5. The 27-foot-high loop is angled 60 degrees, not a totally vertical 90, so you'll never drop off the ceiling and crash into the floor. Fast riders travel high on the outside wall, nearly (but not completely) facing downward. Slower (lighter) riders naturally drift down the wall to glide face-up on the tube's floor.
6. Sprayers mist the walls with water to create a slicker, faster surface than is possible by simply pouring water down the slide.
I got first comment on it! LOL
"If you don’t have enough momentum to reach the top of the loop... an opening lets you exit"
This should be automated too. Trap door to a pool below, complete with flashing red warning light and buzzer - like rejects in a manufacturing facility.
I'm sure that Action Park has a looping water slide.
It used to but it was taken out due to injuries. I remember reading an article about the 10 most dangerous park rides and Action Park was the only one on the list more than once.
Exactly what I thought! Is that a female rider?
Those "nipples" you see are just the artist water drops. In other words you are looking at a "male" and imagining what you want to see.
I can't wait to try it out this summer.
I have been on this twice and it is awesome. The Travel Channel was there 2 weeks ago and did a show featuring the slide. It is a blast. No water slide like it. When that trap door opens, you drop so fast. It rocks.
Your_Mom_Says, Get your mind out of the gutter. It looks nothing like that.
A. HE has a flat chest
B. Those were water droplets, not HIS nipples
C. I dunno, you always need to go up to C or else it looks like it's missing something.