Everybody loves a good waterslide. Everybody loves a classic ferris wheel. But will people love a waterslide that is also a ferris wheel? Wiegand.maelzer GmbH, a German manufacturing company sure hopes so, as it has designed and built the Slidewheel, the first-ever waterslide that does not follow the usual downhill path. Instead, it uses three rotating three slides in a fashion that completely resembles the beloved carnival attraction. The Slidewheel allows up to four riders at a time, each of whom will spend roughly two minutes navigating through the three connected shoots as they spin. The ride may not sound extreme but riders can reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour.
Confused on how this slide will actually work? Wiegand.maelzer GmbH has created a short animated video which provides an X-ray of the Slidewheel to help people understand the mechanics of the ride. As the wheel continues to spin, riders will be moving forward, backward, and even sideways over the course of the ride depending on where they are located on the Ferris-wheel trajectory. Sometimes riders will be cruising slowly while at other moments they will reach high speeds and even pretty big drops.
Unfortunately, there are currently no clear indications on where or when anyone will be able to actually ride the Slidewheel in the near future. Wiegand.maelzer GmbH owns the patent and appears to have only created this slide as a prototype to demonstrate their invention. Hopefully, this radical new waterslide finds a home in an American water park real soon.