A Water Slide With a Loop That Won't Break Your Neck is Coming in 2016

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Before you start screaming in the comments that New Jersey's Action Park was actually the first park to have a water slide with a vertical loop back in the '80s, you'll be happy to hear that's exactly where this one is headed come 2016. Except that this updated version will actually house riders in a reinforced aluminium pod so that they can easily clear the loop without injury, and without any pesky lawsuits.

This video features a prototype of the Sky Caliber ride that's now being tested by Avalanche Waterslides in Missouri. Riders plunge down a 90-degree, 45-foot long free-fall that sends them blasting through the 30-foot tall loop at speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour. It's a short ride for an attraction that cost nearly £950,000 to build, but what kid hasn't dreamed of blasting through a loop without being tethered to a track like on a roller coaster? There's not a parent on earth who would let their kid try a stunt like this in their own back garden, so Action Park will be the only place to try it. [LA Times via Laughing Squid]

This article originally appeared on Toyland, Gizmodo's toys and collectibles blog