The Verrckt water slide opening May 23 at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan., is officially the tallest in the world, a Guinness World Records representative affirmed Friday.
The slide is 168 feet, 7 inches high, besting the Kilimanjaro slide in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which is 163 feet and 9 inches.
Riders of the Verrckt — it means “insane” in German — will plummet at 60 to 70 mph in a four-person raft.
Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback touted the slide at a ceremony Friday and vowed to ride it when it opens.