One of the best ways to see Schlitterbahn is from 100 feet…straight…UP!
Chris Ozimek, Marketing Director at Schlitterbahn Galveston and one of the first to ride Galveston’s Soaring Eagle answered some of my questions about what it is like to fly like an Eagle.
Me: How does the zipline work exactly?
Chris: Similar to a ski lift, you actually sit on the ride. First you soar backward and then you zip forward in the air at speeds reaching 30 mph.
Me: What can you see – if you don’t keep your eyes closed (like me)?
Chris: Mostly spectacular views of not only the rivers and slides at Schlitterbahn, but also of Galveston Island, Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Me: How tall is it?
Chris: It’s the tallest ride in the park at 100 feet in height.
Me: Does the Soaring Eagle splash you into the water? (Getting really nervous now.)
Chris: No, it’s the driest ride in the park! Although you fly above quite a bit of water, it’s the only ride at Schlitterbahn on which you do not get wet.
Me: That must be like $40…Can you get me a special deal?
Chris: You can have the special deal that all of our guests can have. A flight with one rider is $10 and a flight with two riders is $15. Prices are per flight, not per person. And you get tickets at Guest Services. Only valid Schlitterbahn Guests with wristbands can purchase tickets for Soaring Eagle.
Me: My 5-year-old is braver than I am. Can he ride the Soaring Eagle?
Chris: Guests must be 42″ in height to ride with an adult or 48″ to ride alone.
Me: Do you have any good advice or tips for the Schlitterblog readers?
Chris: Just to ride Soaring Eagle when you first arrive, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for the shortest wait time. And Season Pass holders receive a $5 discount, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Sun-Fri, through July 26.