Action Park Has World’s Longest Inflatable Water Slide


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worlds longest inflatable water slideAction Park in Mount Vernon, New Jersey earned itself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s longest inflatable water slide, measuring 1,975 feet long. It was verified as the world’s longest water slide on July 10, shortly after work on it was completed.

Riders travel down the slide at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Rides last 60 to 90 seconds. It takes riders 30 to 60 seconds longer to reach the end of this water slide than it takes to go down other slides.

Trial runs have been successful. So far, only park employees have ridden down the water slide. It still needs to be approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs before it can be opened to the public. That can be a lengthy process, and park officials do not know when it will be completed. The water slide is expected to be open to the public in 2016.

The water slide is made of 10,000 feet of polyvinyl chloride, a synthetic plastic polymer that is used in bounce houses, and has six million stitches. Builders linked together 20 600-pound, 100-foot sections. Two generators and 15 blowers are needed to keep the water slide inflated. Mountain Creek ski resort provides the 1,000 gallons of water that are needed every hour.

The water slide was created by New Zealander Jim Hunt, the founder of Live More Awesome, who had no prior experience constructing water slides. He created his first water slide as part of a fundraiser to raise awareness of mental health issues. It took about four months to manufacture the water slide and cost about $100,000. The money was raised through crowd sourcing. The water slide was assembled in Auckland in March.

The record-setting water slide is one of over 30 slides, rides, and attractions at Action Park. It does not yet have a name. The Travel Channel will air an episode of “Xtreme Waterparks” about the slide on July 26.

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