Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica is a runaway hit, with guests enjoying not one, but four very different slide experiences in one attraction. Three of the slides have breakaway boxes, and the last has a surprisingly steep drop!
It was a gorgeous day to visit Aquatica for the media event! The attraction has been soft opening to park guests for a week or two, but it is now officially open.
Aquatica is my favorite water park in the Orlando area! It has sandy beaches, attractive colors and the Roa's Rapids not-so-lazy river, which I think is the best water attraction in Orlando.
Ihu's Breakaway Falls is nearly 80 foot tall, with slides that are orange, green, blue and purple. Purple does not have the breakaway box. This is the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of it's kind in Orlando.
Some other fun facts from Aquatica about Ihu's Breakaway Falls:
- Those who dare to brave Ihu’s Breakaway Falls will experience an almost vertical drop for nearly 40 feet, the steepest slide of its kind in Orlando.
- Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the longest water thrill slide of its kind featuring three “breakaway boxes” – orange, green, and blue -- and one open slide – purple – offering four completely different slide paths.
- Drop more than three stories and slide for 420 feet, the longest of the four slides, on the orange slide.
- The green slide path has the shortest drop, but it’s still a 28-foot fall – that’s the same as four seven-foot tall basketball players!
- Fall from the blue slide if you’re looking for the steepest slide with a breakaway box.
- While the purple slide isn’t a true drop slide, it is by no means a “chicken slide”. In fact, this open-aired slide is the steepest of all four slides.
- Once the floor disappears, riders will drop 20-24 feet per second.
- Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the only high-speed water thrill slide in the world with three breakaway boxes that face each other so riders can share the full experience.
Ihu's Breakaway Falls was coined after this Iguana named Ihu (pronounced ee-hoo).
Jeff rode each slide once - I am in a cast right now, so I couldn't even climb the stairs for photos.
I waited for Jeff at the bottom of the slides. He tried green first - keep reading for the video!
For those who can't or don't want to conquer Ihu's Breakaway Falls, "ride photos" are available with a green screen that puts guests in the center of the action! We were told it was $15 for a photo, and it includes a print and a photo in email.
We looked at our photos here, and decided to go with one that included both of us (we were given a complimentary email photo). The picture we picked is toward the end of the article!
Jeff enjoyed trying out each slide! And as you can see in the background, the minimum height for Ihu's Breakaway Falls is 48 inches.
There are sneaker keepers at the bottom of the attraction.
Here is a video of Ihu's Breakaway Falls, with Jeff on his first ride! Another video is further down the article.
The stairs are a great workout!
This is the purple slide, with a thrilling descent.
Here is a view from the tower, looking down at the end of the slides.
Vice President of Aquatica Bryan Nadeau told us that the purple slide is deceptive - guests skipping the breakaway boxes are often surprised by the huge drop on this slide!
Guests need to cross their feet and hands.
There is a great view of SeaWorld, including the Sky Tower and Manta.
This is the blue breakaway tube.
Jeff gives a thumbs up before getting into the orange tube. There is a countdown from 3, but guests aren't really sure when they are going to drop.
Guests can look down through the window!
The slides look almost a funnel when looking down.
Jeff enters the purple slide while taking this photo. Cameras are not allowed on the slides, not even GoPro.
Ihu's Breakaway Falls is guaranteed to be a very popular attraction this year!
Here is another video of the experience.
And here is our photo from the green screen - you will never see someone with a cast and wheelchair going down the slides except this way!
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