Ihu’s Breakaway Falls Opens

Ihus_Breakaway_Falls_Logo_450x270Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at SeaWorld Aquatica opened Friday, May 9.

At almost 80 feet, it’s the tallest point at Aquatica. Featuring three extreme drop slides (and a fourth that’s more conventional), the riders fall 80 degrees for nearly 40 feet and then turn a 360-degree spiral. When they’re lined up in the canisters on the platform, arms crossed and feet crossed at the ankles, they don’t know who is going to drop first.

According to Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil, “A thump-thump heartbeat is piped into the boxes. Ride operators ask the visitors to give a thumbs-up signal. All three riders can see each other as a countdown begins, but they don’t know who will drop first. It’s like an extreme dunking booth.”

Riders must be 48 inches tall and able to climb eight stories, 126 steps. Each slide is different; guests are able to return and choose their favorite. Aquatica Vice President Brian Nadeau says that one is longer, one is steeper, and one is faster.

The cost for the thrill ride comes at a price – $56 for adults and $51 for kids age 3 to 9.

In case you were wondering, the slide is named after Ihu, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark colorful gecko, who searches for the biggest thrills, steepest hills and the coolest spills in the waterpark.

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