Published on Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00
If you have a phobia of heights, this slide is definitely not for you. Aptly named Verrückt, a German word which translates to “insane”, this new and upcoming water slide is touted to be the world's next tallest and fastest water slide. Hell, I don't even have acrophobia but I feel queasy just looking at it. I also feel the sides of the slide should be higher, like maybe 10m higher. Yep, it should definitely be higher.
The current record holder is in Brazil towering 49.9m; “Kilimanjaro” is located at Aguas Quentes Country Club in Rio de Janeiro. However, Verrückt is set to vomit in Kilimanjaro's face once its construction is completed. Exactly how tall Verrückt will be though, no one really knows except for the makers at Schlitterbahn Water Park and Resort in Kansas City who are keeping the height a secret until opening day. But if the rumors are true, Verrückt could be around a staggering 56m high. That's taller than the Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty from her toes to her torch.
To access the top of the ride, you would have to climb up 264 stairs, and once at the peak, a specially designed raft will take you and three other adrenaline junkies plummeting down at a speed greater than 105km/hr.
The insanity does not just stop there though. Once you plunge down at a giddying speed from the top, the raft will take you up a smaller 16.5m hill, and the final descent from this hill leads to the ride's finish line.
According to Layne Pitcher, Schlitterbahn’s director of marketing and sales, Verrückt is designed to “attract adrenaline junkies who are always looking for that next biggest, coolest thrill.” The company decided to go with four-person rafts because they want to encourage people to share the experience. “It’s more fun if someone is screaming in your ear,” they said in a fact sheet.
Verrückt was designed by Schlitterbahn's co-owner Jeff Henry. Jeff is a waterpark innovator who also goes by the nickname ‘Wizard of Water’. Some of his previous creations include inland water surfing, uphill water coasters, and endless tube rides. Jeff believes that Verrückt will be a game-changer for the water park industry. “We want to provide a thrilling ride, but safety comes first,” he added.
The ride is scheduled to open on 23 May this year. An official measuring event will be held during the grand opening which will reveal the insane slide's actual height.
Check out the video below of Verrückt in Kansas City.