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New ride for Schlitterbahn Galveston Island

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Texas, is adding a new multi-million dollar set of slides from Whitewater. Infinity Racers, which will open in June of 2019, is a pair of space-themed, racing head-first mat slides that are 75 feet (23 m) tall and 696 feet (212 m) long. Both of the racing slides are fully enclosed for 85% of the ride, except for the loading and splash zones, with multi-colored fiberglass that creates unique lighting effects inside each slide.

Schlitterbahn chose to add a space theme to the slides in honor of the men and women of NASA and the Johnson Space Center, who have inspired the world to reach for the stars. Given the park’s proximity to the space center, it’s also a salute to the entire region.

The interior of each slide delivers a unique experience as well. One of the slides, named Orbiter, features circles of multi-colored fiberglass in different sections of the ride while the other, Galaxy, features dashes of multi-colored fiberglass. The water slide will open in time to be part of the national celebration of the 50thanniversary of the lunar landing.

Infinity Racers is the brainchild of both Schlitterbahn Galveston Island’s GM, Ron Sutula, and water slide designers at WhiteWater West. WhiteWater West also designed and built Schlitterbahn Galveston’s MASSIV, the world’s tallest water coaster.

Engineers are taking full advantage of the existing tall tower to maximize slide time for guests. Riders will slide head-first on mats, racing along enclosed twists and turns over the park’s river system and cabana village until they slide down to the splash zone at the base.

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