World’s tallest “water coaster” opens in Galveston

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(Courtesy Schlitterbahn)
(Courtesy Schlitterbahn)

This is not your everyday waterslide. This is MASSIV, the world’s tallest “water coaster,” 81 feet tall and newly opened at the Galveston Island location of Schlitterbahn Water Parks. The ride differs from a normal slide thanks to its four water jet-propelled uphill sections that propel riders in one- or multi-passenger rafts. There are four of these “blasts” that give the ride its appeal. The jet technology behind the “water coaster” typology is called the “MasterBlaster,” developed by “Wizard of Water” Jeff Henry and introduced at the original Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas. The coaster’s name comes from the German word for massive, while Schlitterbahn is named for the German word for “slippery road.” If you can’t make it to the Galveston Island location, there are Schlitterbahns in South Padre Island, Texas; Kansas City, Kansas; Corpus Christi, Texas; and the original in New Braunfels, which staked its claim as the first water resort in 1966.

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island
2109 Lockheed Street, Galveston, TX
Tel: 409-770-9283
Designer: Jeff Henry

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