The World’s Tallest Water Coaster
MASSIV, named after the German word for massive, is the latest waterslide in the Schlitterbahn family of record-breaking water rides. MASSIV set a new record for height of a water coaster. This massive ride will be visible as visitors travel into Galveston Island. MASSIV opened on June 22, 2016.
Location: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston Island
Built by: Schlitterbahn and WhiteWater West
Height: 81 feet, 6 3/4 inches
Color: Green, white, and red with translucent sections
Technology: Uses patented Master Blaster technology (invented by Schlitterbahn’s Wizard of Water, Jeff Henry) to blast riders uphill
Number of riders: 1-2 in a double tube
Number of uphill BLASTS: 4
Cool ride features: Exciting never-before-done triple-drop ending into the landing pool
Number of slide segments: 135 slide segments (made up of 203 fiberglass parts)
Number of translucent segments: 7 green translucent segments
Length of ride: 3 football fields long (926 ft) — twice the length of any other waterslide at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island.
Fasteners: 6,968 bolts and 6,968 nuts
Steps to the top: 123
CG POV of ride (real one coming soon)
Project Updates on the building of MASSIV.
What is a water coaster?
A water coaster is a water ride that has multiple uphill sections, uses a ride vehicle (boat, tube, or raft), and has other ride elements (spirals, fish ladders, water screens, etc.) to deliver a thrilling and fun filled ride.
Why build this ride at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island
Our park is turning 10 this year and we decided we needed a really big present!
So, what kind of monster is it?
All we know is we have evidence of several claw marks throughout the park and our maintenance team swears they have the feeling that something ginormous is watching them.
What is a water coaster?
A water coaster is a water ride that has multiple uphill sections, uses a ride vehicle (boat, tube, or raft), and has other ride elements (spirals, fish ladders, water screens, etc.) to deliver a thrilling and fun filled ride. (BTW, here is an infographic on the types of waterslides)
How many riders can ride? Will there be weight and height requirements?
MASSIV is designed as a shared experience ride (1-2 riders), so guests who wouldn’t ride alone can scream in the ear of someone they like. Or don’t like.
Rides this massive always have some requirements; single and double riders will need to be at least 48 inches tall. The maximum combined weight of riders is 400 pounds, the maximum for single riders is 300 pounds.
Is there an elevator?
No elevator, no conveyor. Riders will carry a tube to the top of the 123 stairs.
Who was the first one to ride it?
Our park GM, Ron Sutula, has ridden it during testing, along with a few other brave staff members. Every ride we create undergoes rigorous testing.
When will the ride open to the public?
Our opening date will be announced very soon.
So I get to the top and change my mind. What then?
If you decide to walk back down, you will have completed a walk of 246 steps. Woo hoo! Free exercise!
Is this a ride for everyone?
MASSIV is a shared experience ride, which gives it much wider appeal. People who would never ride something this big, will ride with a friend or family member. But it may be too massive for some folks.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is a 26-acre oasis of thrilling waterpark adventures.
Located just outside Houston on historic Galveston Island, the park features more than 33 attractions. The waterpark is home to the next generation, award-winning Transportainment®river system that combines three unique rivers into one endless floating adventure. The Blastenhoff, Surfenburg, and Wasserfest areas incorporate state-of-the-art water adventures including; two racing uphill water coasters, a wave pool, water slides, kids’ activity areas, whitewater rapids, heated pools, and the Boogie Bahn surf ride.
Waterpark Location: 2026 Lockheed Street, Galveston, Texas 77554
Phone: (409) 770-928