Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at Aquatica Orlando Review
I had the opportunity to ride Aquatica Orlando’s newest waterslide this morning during their annual passholder preview. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls features four slides that stand 80 feet tall and feature “drop boxes” where the floor below you opens up and sends you plummeting towards the ground at speeds up to 16 mph. That does not sound like a lot, but when you are in an enclosed waterslide hurling through Ihu’s 60-degree spirals, it is plenty fast enough.
Once atop the structure, you are enclosed inside a glass “drop box.” The ride host looks for the thumbs up and you begin to hear a feint heart beat sound effect, which gets your adrenaline going. Before you know it, a count down begins. 3, 2, 1, the floor beneath you opens up and sends you near vertically down a 40 foot initial drop at speeds of 20-24 feet per second. . Then the ride sends you through massive 60-degree spirals that send you flying down the tunnel. One ride on one of the four identical tubes lasts approximately 20-30 seconds. I was told apparently the orange tube has a longer drop, but in all honesty, you cannot tell the difference.
One of the slides, the purple colored one, does not feature a “drop box.” It gives riders the opportunity to go down on their own free will. The slide is similar to the other three that do feature the “drop boxes,” but gives the thrill of you hurling yourself down the slide rather than the floor opening below you.
Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is exactly what Aquatica needed. A high-adrenaline slide that gets you pumped every single time you ride it. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you will absolutely love Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at Aquatica Orlando.
Guests must be at least 48 inches to go on Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. The ride officially opens to the public on May 9. There is one more annual passholder preview date on May 7 from 10AM to 2PM. It stayed open the rest of the day to the general public when I was there today, so weather pending, you have an opportunity to ride it before its opening whether your an annual passholder or not. Also, get there early. We were there at a little before 11 and I was able to ride three out of the four sides before the wait got too long.