Are there any better attractions to see on your travels than those that have bagged world records? Here are 7 record-breaking international marvels to see on your next adventure – when you aren’t playing your favourite casino games of course!
#1: World’s Longest Water Slide – Malaysia
Measuring in at an incredible 1,110 metres long, the water slide at Penang, Malaysia’s ESCAPE theme park has broken the record for the longest tube water slide in the world. The record was previously held by Vernon, New Jersey’s Action Park.
The Penang slide opened in September 2019 and has been popular ever since. It is a permanent slide that carries thrill-seekers down a 70-metre decline through the park’s lush jungles. The ride takes 4 minutes to complete from start to finish; in comparison, the 600-metre water slide at Action Park takes just 90 seconds. Interestingly, the park in Malaysia never intended to break any world records. CEO of ESCAPE operator Sim Leisure Group, Sim Choo Kheng, notes that he simply wanted to create a ride that lasted a few minutes instead of a few seconds.
#2: World’s Biggest Snow Maze – Canada
Can you think of anything better to do in Canada than to explore a snow maze? A Maze in Corn Inc. holds the current record for the world’s largest snow maze in St. Adolphe, Manitoba. It beat a record made in 2015 by more than 1,000 square metres, according to local experts.
#3: Steel Curtain Roller Coaster – Pennsylvania
The brand new Steel Curtain roller coaster at Kennywood, Pittsburgh has set 3 new world records since opening in July 2019. It now holds the record for the tallest inversion on the planet at a dizzying 60 metres above the ground.
The formidable metal structure spans 1,200 metres and has broken other records too. It is the tallest roller coaster in Pennsylvania, USA, and its 9 inversions also make it the coaster with the most inversions in North America. Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward says that it is a lot of fun, and recommends it for anyone looking for a good time.
#4: Guggenheim Museum – New York City
The Guggenheim Museum is certainly one of the most well known museums in the world. In April 2019, it broke another record by revealing that its “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” exhibit was its most-visited exhibit in its 80 years of operation.
An impressive 600,000 people flocked to see the artworks on display between October of 2018 and April of 2019. This coincided with a 34% rise in Guggenheim memberships. The impressive amount of interest may have stemmed from the Swedish artist’s wish that her paintings should not be displayed publicly until 20 years after her death. She believed that people in the future would understand her art better than her peers would when she was still alive.
#5: Infinity Racers Slide – Texas
Based in Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Texas, the Infinity Racers slide spans a whopping 200 metres and stands at 22 metres tall. It is the longest and tallest such slide in the world, measuring in at around 8 stories tall.
The space-themed ride opened at the park’s Galveston Island in June of 2019, and is 85% enclosed. It transports visitors through countless twists and turns, enhanced by the ride’s colourful fibreglass structures.
#6: World’s Tallest Sandcastle – Germany
A towering 18-metre sandcastle stole the show at the 2019 Sand Sculptures Festival in Binz, Germany. The creation boasted multiple turrets and staircases, and was quickly named the tallest sandcastle in the world.
The sandcastle took 12 sculptors and 8 technicians to create. Guinness World Records says that the team worked 8 hours a day for over 3 weeks to create the masterpiece using 11,000 tons of sand. Each year, tourists venture to the German seaside town to marvel at the beautiful sandcastle designs on display.
#7: Longest Cruise Journey – London
The Ultimate World Cruise, powered by Viking Cruises, embarked from London on August 31, 2019. It is still going to this day! The world record-breaking cruise is expected to return to London sometime in 2020 after venturing around the world for 245 days. According to Forbes, most other around-the-world cruises take roughly 90-120 days to complete.
During this mighty trip, the cruise’s 930 passengers will be travelling to 51 nations across 6 continents. They will visit 111 ports and stop overnight in 23 major cities. Fare for the amazing cruise started at a whopping $92,990 per person! Viking is hoping to snag the record for the “longest continuous passenger cruise” with its trip. Once the cruiser returns, a Guinness World Records official will verify its achievements.