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America's Tallest Waterslide to Open in Wisconsin Dells

Rendering of The Rise of Icarus courtesy of Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park


Calling all thrill-seekers and water enthusiasts! This Memorial Day weekend, the “Waterpark Capital of the World” – Wisconsin Dells – ups the ante with the unveiling of “The Fall,” America’s tallest waterslide. Nestled within Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, this record-breaking whoosh promises an unforgettable experience for families looking for an adventurous summer getaway.


The Rise of Icarus: A Soaring Adventure


The Fall isn't just a slide; it's the centerpiece of an entire new attraction called “The Rise of Icarus.” This multi-level tower offers a range of thrills to suit every comfort level. Younger daredevils can conquer four 60-foot slides that twist and turn from the middle platform. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, take the plunge on The Fall – a heart-pounding descent from a staggering 145 feet above the ground! While The Fall may be the new champion in the US, here's a look at some of the other tallest water slides in the world, in case you're curious about the global competition:


Kilimanjaro (164 feet): Located in Brazil's Aldeia das Aguas Park Resort, Kilimanjaro holds the title for the world's tallest water slide. It utilizes the natural slope of a hill to achieve its incredible height.


Thrillagascar & Jungle Jammer (142 feet): These twin slides at the DreamWorks Water Park in East Rutherford,New Jersey, currently hold the record for the tallest indoor water slides in the world.


Captain Spacemaker (137.8 feet): This behemoth at Aqualandia water park in Venice, Italy, takes the crown for Europe's tallest water slide. Riders plummet down in a multi-person raft, experiencing near weightlessness.


Daredevil's Peak (125 feet): Ko'okiri Body Plunge at Volcano Bay in Orlando, Florida nabs the title of tallest water slide in the United States (outside of Wisconsin Dells, of course!) This transparent slide offers panoramic views before plunging riders into darkness.


Meteor (135 feet): Found at Wet 'n' Wild São Paulo in Brazil, Meteor lives up to its name with a high-speed,freefall drop.



Family Fun Beyond the Slide


While The Fall is sure to be the star of the show, Mt. Olympus offers a splashtastic time for the whole family. Relax on the expansive deck areas, grab a refreshing drink at the new onsite bar, or refuel with tasty treats from the concession stands. Little ones will have a blast at the water park's existing attractions, and they can't wait for the July 4th opening of Icaria Splash ‘n Slide, a 12,000-square-foot children's water play area with 10 slides, fountains, and a wading pool.


Rendering of Icaria Splash ‘n Slide courtesy of Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park



Making a Splashing Wisconsin Dells Memory


Wisconsin Dells offers a plethora of family-friendly activities beyond the water park. Explore the other exciting theme parks, take a scenic boat tour on the Dells’ waterways, or visit Ripley's Believe It or Not for some mind-boggling entertainment. Here are some recommendations for family fun beyond the bounds of Mt. Olympus:


Timbavati Wildlife Park:  See lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) at this drive-thru and walk-thru wildlife park.  You can even feed some of the animals!


Wisconsin Deer Park:  This charming park allows visitors to feed and pet gentle deer for a heartwarming experience.


Miniature Golf Adventures:   Challenge your family to a friendly round of mini golf at one of the many themed courses in the Dells.  Options include Pirate's Cover Adventure Golf, Timber Adventure Golf, and even Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odd course which combines the oddity museum with a round of mini golf.


Original Wisconsin Ducks:  Take a quacktastic amphibious vehicle tour on land and water, learning about the Dells' history and enjoying a splashdown finale.


Dells Boat Tours:  Enjoy a relaxing narrated cruise on the scenic Dells River, offering stunning views of the natural landscape.


Go-Karting and Arcade Fun: Knuckleheads Entertainment Complex offers go-karting, bowling, a trampoline park, an arcade, and more, all under one roof.


Tommy Bartlett Exploratory:  Explore interactive exhibits about science, history, and the natural world at this educational and entertaining museum.



Tips for Your Dells Adventure


  • Book your stay in advance: With the opening of The Fall, Mt. Olympus and other Dells resorts are expected to be busy. Secure your room early, especially if you’re traveling during peak season.


  • Consider a package deal: Many resorts offer combination packages that include water park access and theme park admission, making your trip planning easier and potentially more affordable.


  • Pack for all types of weather: Wisconsin weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared for sunshine with sunscreen and swimsuits, but also pack a light jacket and comfortable shoes for exploring beyond the water park.


  • Don't forget the essentials: Sunscreen, waterproof phone cases, comfortable water shoes, and a refillable water bottle are all essential for a day at the water park.

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