Sunday, April 27, 2014

Verruckt Verified as World's Tallest Waterslide

© The Travel Channel
How does careening down a 168 foot, 7 inch tall waterslide sound you?  The thrill seekers out there will certainly answer with a resounding "sounds fun!" but many will have some hesitations about that plunge.

It has been a long wait, but Schlitterbahn Kansas City has finally revealed that the height of Verruckt is the aforementioned 168 feet, 7 inches.  That makes the ride the tallest of its kind in the world, and that has quickly been verified for the park by Guinness Book of World Records.

The view from the top © Mark Holland
For those who are not familiar, Verruckt is not a body slide, rather you and three friends ride down that massive drop in a raft.  The speed gained will send the rafts up over a large hill - expected to provide a nice dose of air time for riders.  After the hill there is a run out section that slows the rafts before passengers disembark.

The new slide is still being tested, so a final speed is not yet been determined.  If the testing process goes as planned, the new slide with open at Schlitterbahn Kansas City on May 23rd.

For more photos of the ride and the official ceremony, check out this story from MidwestInfoGuide.