By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel
3:30 PM EDT, September 6, 2013
Aquatica's teasing announcement on Friday that it would add an attraction that's more than 100 feet tall, got us thinking: "For comparison's sake, what other attractions are around that height?"
It seems certain that the unnamed attraction, set to open sometime in 2014, will be water-based. After all, it's Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park. And bragging about its height (hashtag #NothingTaller on Twitter) spurs to mind dramatic-drop slides -- sans inner tubes -- seen at other Central Florida water parks.
Chief among those would be Summit Plummet at Disney World's Blizzard Beach. Disney touts it as 120 feet high, and that it's "one of the nation's tallest, fastest free-fall speed slides." So that would be taller than the 105-foot structure that Aquatica is hinting at, right? Note that the announcement indicated that SeaWorld designers said the new attraction "will be the tallest water thrill ride of its type in Orlando." Of its type? So maybe these aren't twin attractions?
For those playing at home, Disney's other drop slide, Humunga Kowabunga at Typhoon Lagoon, is listed by Disney as a five-story drop, but also "along 214-foot routes." This is where math can mislead. Does that 214 include the extended splashdown area? If it were 214 feet high, that would be taller than Disney icons such as Cinderella Castle or Tower of Terror.
Meanwhile, at International Drive's Wet 'n Wild park, the Bomb Bay attraction -- featuring a trap door launching system -- is listed as having a "76-foot, nearly vertical slide."
On dry land, we can compare the Aquatica addition as somewhere between Fun Spot's White Lightning (69.7 feet tall, according to the Roller Coaster Database) or Dragon Challenge at Islands of Adventure (125 feet).
Closer still: IOA's Incredible Hulk Coaster is 110 feet tall with a drop of 105 feet, says Roller Coaster Database. Stand at the bottom of the green monster and imagine a splash at the end.
Aquatica says to stay tuned.
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