Tallest tunnel slide to open in London

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A reason to go to London: The world’s tallest tunnel slide, almost 600 feet long and 250 feet high, is being built as part of a sculpture that was part of the 2012 Olympic games location.

Once complete, the slide will be 178-m (584-ft) long and 76-m (249-ft) high, making it, according to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the “world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide.” Riders will experience 12 twists and turns, including a tight corkscrew section called the “bettfeder,” which is German for “bedspring.” The slide ends with a 50-m (164-ft) straight stretch to the ground.

It is estimated that it will take about 40 seconds for people to descend the slide, with riders expected to hit speeds of up to 15 mph (24 km/h). On the way down, there will be dark sections, as well as points where it will be possible for riders to see out of transparent polycarbonate windows, providing brief views out over the Olympic Park and surrounding areas.


  • Cotour

    Q: How are they going to clean the inevitable vomit that will be spewed from the tube for those without the true testicular fortitude that one must posses to ride this ride?

    (I love the fabrication video, nice job)

  • Joe

    I think it’s only supposed to take 40 seconds to go down the thing, is that enough time to go from just feeling sick to vomiting?

  • Cotour

    40 seconds is a long time when you are terrified, there is plenty of time to get it all in.

  • Wayne

    –Turn it into a water-slide for a few hours a day–clean everything right up!

    Tangential– anyone here been to the “London Eye?” >the giant Ferris-wheel. That looks to be more my speed…

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