Photo: Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park

New Tallest Waterslide in North America: Wisconsin Waterpark Debuts 145-Foot-Tall Slide This Memorial Day Weekend

Theme Parks
by Nickolaus Hines May 23, 2024

In 2019, Royal Caribbean announced what it claimed was North America’s tallest waterslide: Daredevil’s Peak, a 135-foot-tall slide on a private island in The Bahamas. Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, takes things up another 10 feet with the new slide, The Fall, opening over Memorial Day weekend this year.

The 145-foot-tall slide takes the award for the new tallest in North America. It’s part of a five-slide tower called The Rise of Icarus, which has four other slides that take off from the middle platform at 60 feet high. It’s joined by a new milder children’s section called Icaria Splash ‘n Slide that’ll open on July 4 with 10 slides and a 12,000-square-foot kid-to-pre-teen area.

The Icarus of legend met an unfortunate end when he flew too close to the sun. Though borrowing the name, there will not be any catching fire on this waterslide.

Wisconsin Dells is just north of Madison and only has a population of about 3,000 people, but its reputation among theme park fans is much larger. Here, you’ll find a ride range of man-made parks ranging from water parks (more than 20 of them, to be exact), to a race track, to a ropes course. It’s also a draw for nature — and parks built into nature like the Land of Natura inflatable waterpark that’s the largest of its kind in America and on the world’s largest naturally filtered man-made lake.

When it comes to waterslide thrills, though, nothing can top The Fall, as photos show.

Photo: Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park

The park is one of the largest in Wisconsin Dells. The Greek-themed resort has 1,600 rooms, indoor and outdoor waterparks (like the country’s first rotating waterslide), roller coasters (including the world’s first underground roller coaster), go-kart tracks, and replicas of the Trojan Horse and Roman Colosseum.

To get to Wisconsin Dells and Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park, fly into Dane Co. Regional Airport in Madison (55 miles away), General Mitchell International in Milwaukee (116 miles away), or Chicago’s O’Hare International (188 miles away).

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