Schlitterbahn’s Verrückt water slide: ‘It’s like jumping from a tower’

06/27/2014 4:00 AM

06/28/2014 10:47 AM

Here is what we know: It’s gonna be big — like Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty big.

Here is what we don’t know: A whole lot else.

When Schlitterbahn’s much-hyped Verrückt water slide officially opens — Sunday’s planned official opening has been pushed back — it will do so having spent much of its formative life shrouded in mystery. Though the ride underwent a high-profile verification by the Guinness Book of World Records, which deemed it the world’s tallest water slide at 168 feet and 7 inches, many details surrounding the ride have been kept under wraps.

Twice in the past few months, the ride’s opening was delayed so the park could make final adjustments. More recently, unsubstantiated Internet rumors surfaced that riders had gone airborne during testing, which the park denied. This week, the park cancelled two days of media rides due to conveyor belt issues.

Still, the slide has caused quite the stir in Kansas City, and local politicians — including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback — have already pledged to take the plunge.

Verrückt (German for “insane”) is 264 steps to the top, and if riders make it that far without turning back, they’ll find themselves standing roughly 17 stories above the city. After Thursday night’s announcement of the delay of this weekend’s opening, Schlitterbahn’s Twitter account responded to concerned fans, “Don’t lose faith! Perfection takes time! I promise it will be worth it!”

Here’s a quick look at what riders can expect from the summer’s most-anticipated amusement park addition.

 
 

To reach Dugan Arnett, call 816-234-4039 or send email to darnett@kcstar.com.

Steelhawk

Arriving in Kansas City with a bit of a complicated past, the SteelHawk is set to become Worlds of Fun’s tallest attraction. The 301-foot-tall ride, which spins riders at a 45-degree angle and reaches speeds of 27 miles per hour, was formerly in use at Knott’s Berry Farm near Los Angeles, where it twice left riders stranded after breaking down in 2012. Adjustments to the ride were made, and it was moved from California to Missouri. The ride was supposed to have opened May 24, but the debut was postponed and there has been no word as to a new opening date.

Schlitterbahn

Address: 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

Admission: Adult, single-day general-admission tickets start at $36.99.

Website: schlitterbahn.com

Worlds of Fun

Address: I-435 and Parvin Road

Admission: Adult, single-day tickets start at $31.

Website: worldsoffun.com

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