On Friday the 13th, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark will preview its latest ride, the Screaming Serpents. Featuring a pair of twisting sea serpents, this body slide has music, fog, and lighting effects to add to the experience for those courageous enough to slither through the belly of the beasts.
General Manager Ron Sutula believes the new ride will provide a more immersive experience for riders. “I’ve always loved rides that combine thrill with special effects,” Sutula said. “It adds a whole different dimension to the ride.”
The Screaming Serpents replaces the F5 twisting slides that were popular but due for replacement. Each Serpent is more than 280 feet long and riders will twist around 2.5 times before escaping the Serpents in a red splash zone.
The weight of the fiberglass used in construction of the Serpents is equivalent to the weight of a full-grown Tyrannosaurus Rex. Eight-foot tall heads were painstakingly fabricated to resemble serpents, complete with fangs and fins. Photos are available here: https://schlitterbahnnews.com/screaming-serpents-gallery/ Teaser video is available here: http://youtu.be/PNIRT1kVkCc
The Screaming Serpents will be open to guests on Saturday, June 14th at 10 a.m. For more information on Schlitterbahn Galveston Island visit http://www.schlitterbahn.com/galveston.
The Screaming Serpents, opened in 2014, is a body slide in the form of a twisting pair of Sea Serpents. It’s an intense thrill ride that also uses music, fog, and lighting effects to add to the experience for those courageous enough to slither through the belly of the beasts! Riders twist around 2.5 times before escaping the Serpents in the splash zone just outside the mouth of the Serpent!
Background: The Screaming Serpents replaces the F5, twisting slides that were popular but due for replacement. Schlitterbahn worked with White Water manufacturing to create a new experience with a similar thrill profile!
Length of each Serpent: Green Serpent is 281.141 feet, Orange Serpent is 280.898 feet (they are fraternal twins, clearly).
Combined Fiberglassss Sections: 3.4 foot ball fields long
Number of Fiberglassss Sections: Green has 35 sections, Orange has 36 sections
Weight of the Serpents: They are pretty buoyant, being Sea Serpents, but the vet says they are 13,207 pounds, about the same weight as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Number of Boltsss: 3,108 slide assssembly boltsss
Weight of Boltsss alone: 430 pounds
Stairsss to climb: None! There is a spiral ramp.
Ride Height: 6 stories high
Height of each head: 8 feet tall. No one is willing to measure the fangs.
So have you ridden it?
We can’t wait to ride it. Our Marketing Director even bought new swim trunks.
So why Serpents?
Every park needs a pet. We got a little carried away.
We wanted to create a completely immersive ride experience unlike any other at Schlitterbahn. Given the pirate history here in Galveston, having our very own set of sea monsters seemed like a fun way to pay homage to the pirate lore.
Are there other Sea Serpents at other Schlitterbahn Waterparks?
These are the ONLY Sea Serpents in all of the Schlitterbahn Waterpark system. Adding effects, like fog, lighting, and music are the way we are adding more intensity to the experience.
How do you ride it?
This is a single person (per Serpent) body slide. Cross your feet, cross your arms, commence screaming until you splash down.