The year 2016 is a major one for the New Braunfels, Texas-based waterpark firm, Schlitterbahn. In fact, the facility's tag line for 2016 is "It’s 25 years of having a blast."
Schlitterbahn is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its invention and patent for water rides with water propulsion. The award-winning Master Blaster opened in New Braunfels in 1996. To honor the event, Schlitterbahn will celebrate the birthday on June 5, but all season long the facility also is doing something called “very important blasters,” or VIBs, according to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung.
“We select people from different areas, so we pick someone who is with a charity, a season pass holder, someone on social, for example, and they get a special parking space — which is very coveted — and a special picnic table inside the park,” Prosapio said. “They get a VIB pass. They get to cut in line one time with a buddy. They get a funnel cake and a locker.”
Thanks to the technology that gave birth to Master Blaster, each of the company's parks now has an uphill water coaster. Next month, Schlitterbahn opens the newest one, Massiv, at the Galveston Island location. It's said to the be the world's tallest water coaster, joining the firm's existing record for World's Tallest in the water slide category with it's 2014 Guinness-record-winning Verrückt.
“(Massiv) is the only triple-drop finale of any water coaster,” said Winter Prosapio, Schlitterbahn corporate director of communications and government relations, “because we’re nerds, and we count things like that,” reported the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung.
But that's not the only milestone. This year, Wave rivers turn 20 years old this year, and Schlitterbahn South Padre Island is turning 15 this year.