Lewis Diuguid

June 26, 2014

Schlitterbahn water slide to attract thrill seekers

A raft conveyor system problem forced Schlitterbahn officials to cancel news media rides, which were to have occurred Thursday and Friday at the western Wyandotte County facility.

My daredevil days ended a long time ago especially with daughters who are grown no longer being around to egg me on to do profoundly stupid things.

So the likelihood that I’d ever try Schlitterbahn’s new Verrückt water slide — the tallest in the world — is less than slim. The delays in the 168-foot, 7-inch slide opening will likely also give some people pause.

The water slide was to open at the end of May. It was pushed back to June 5, and then June 29. More testing was needed, company officials said.

A raft conveyor system problem forced Schlitterbahn officials to cancel news media rides, which were to have occurred Thursday and Friday at the western Wyandotte County facility. No doubt the ride would be a thrill worth seeing on TV.

But that is as far as a lot of grounded people like me want to go. We’ll watch and enjoy the splash Verrückt makes with people who dare to ride.

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