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Where to Find Latin America’s Biggest Water Slide

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | December 22, 2015

Where to Find Latin America’s Biggest Water Slide

PHOTO: Slide down the Vaikuntudo at 43 miles per hour. (Photo courtesy of Beach Park)

Where would you go to slide down the world’s largest funnel? Beach Park in Brazil has got you covered. The water park just launched the world’s largest whirlwind water slide, which is just one part of a multimillion-dollar development, Vila Azul do Mar, at Brazil’s Beach Park complex in Porto das Dunas. Beach Park is the largest water park in Latin America, which attracts nearly 1 million visitors per year.

The complex is a beach destination, a water park and a resort all rolled into one and the expansion is part of its innovation program aimed at developing new experiences and services to offer more leisure options to guests. The park expects to attract 1 million visitors in 2016.

Developed in partnership with famed designer and innovator, Marcelo Rosenblum, Vila Azul do Mar creates a rustic and cozy atmosphere, inspired by a fishing village. Beach Park has invested approximately $1.3 million into the complex, which offers four retail stores, multiple dining options and entertainment for both adults and children. The complex is expected to expand throughout 2016.

“Our goal is to continue to innovate and build the world's most exciting water attractions, and we’re excited to debut yet another thrilling, world-class experience for more than 1 million people this year,” said Beach Park General Manager Murilo Pascoal.  

The new additions to the park specifically include four retail stores, four fast-food dining options that offer popcorn, churros, acai, tapioca and more; the Coquerial Bar and Restaurant that will seat up to 120 people; the Dilleto Ice Cream Parlor; retail kiosks; a children’s area with game kiosks and television monitors.

“We knew we had a big opportunity to keep guests on site during the evening and we have worked with some great partners, including famed designer Marcelo Rosenblum and chef Bernard Twardy, to create an amazing experience. And, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re excited about a new generation of travelers from around the world discovering Beach Park,” said Pascoal.

Vaikuntudo, the new slide, stands six stories high and is 787 feet long overlooking the entire Beach Park complex as well as the Atlantic Ocean. As Beach Park’s newest extreme attraction, the $860 million slide is the world's largest in its category. It was developed and manufactured by Canadian company ProSlide, which is a world leader in water park attractions.

“Imagine standing six stories high and taking a ride down one of the world’s largest funnels with a feeling of total weightlessness - that’s Vaikuntudo,” said Pascoal.  

Following a steep climb, Vaikuntudo takes riders in groups of four down a 82-foot drop and whips them through a colossal, 60-foot funnel at nearly 43 miles per hour.

Beach Park sure picked the right time to make headlines with new attractions. Next year is sure to be a big one for tourism in Brazil with the 2016 Olympic Games beginning in August and drawing visitors from around the world.

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