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This Trapdoor Waterslide in Switzerland Is Absolutely Terrifying

Waterslides tend to be tamer than roller coasters, their terrestrial counterpart. But a trending TikTok video of the Booster Loop trapdoor waterslide at Aquaparc, a popular water park in Port-Valais, Switzerland, shows that aquatic rides can be just as stomach-churning as high-speed coasters.


In the video, a smiling water park attendee walks through the ride’s gates and into a transparent box. They’re suspended above a waterslide, high up above the ground, and after taking a few deep breaths, the bottom falls out from underneath them, dropping them into an orange tube.


“Fantastic. Claustrophobia and fear of heights reunited at last,” one viewer wrote in the comments.

“There is not enough money or cats in the world that could get me in that thing,” another TikTokker added.


Since @bestwaterslides uploaded the video of the Booster Loop on Aug. 28, it has garnered more than 4 million views and 1,500 comments.


According to Aquaparc’s website, riders reach speeds of up to 85 kilometers per hour (53 mph) and feel 3.6 Gs of acceleration. If you’re ever in Switzerland and want to give the Booster Loop a go, adult tickets cost around 50 Swiss francs ($50), which doesn’t include a 3-Swiss-franc ($3) surcharge for the internet-famous ride. (Someone even built a Minecraft version of the Booster Loop).


Alas, not everyone has the time or money to fly to Switzerland for a viral waterslide. But thrill seekers need not despair. The U.S. also has its fair share of trapdoor water rides, including Ihu’s Breakaway Falls in Orlando, Florida and The Duelin’ Daltons in Austin, Texas.  


For adrenaline junkies who need a quick fix, the TikTokker behind the trending Booster Loop video, @bestwaterslides, has plenty of international water park videos, too.




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