Verrückt: World's Largest Water Slide Opening Delayed After Test Riders Reportedly Go Airborne

Verrückt: World’s Largest Water Slide Opening Delayed After Test Riders Reportedly Go Airborne

Verrückt is set to become the world’s tallest water slide, but the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City had delayed the ride’s opening after test riders reportedly went airborne at the bottom of a 17-story drop.

The water slide was originally slated to open on May 23, just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend, but will now be pushed back as park officials take apart the slide in an attempt to determine what’s causing the safety issues.

Verrückt, a word that means “insane” in German, is now slated to open in a few weeks. The ride stands 168 feet and 7 inches tall, and in April was certified as the world’s tallest water slide by Guinness World Records.

On the water slide, riders plummet 60 to 70 miles per hour while strapped into a four-person raft.

Schlitterbahn park officials downplayed the delay as a routine issue with a ride of such proportions.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind attraction, and there is a one-of-a-kind process for getting it ready,” said Layne Pitcher, marketing director for Schlitterbahn, which is near Kansas Speedway.

Pitcher said park officials would be “taking apart and putting back together” the slide.

Verrückt: World's Largest Water Slide Opening Delayed After Test Riders Reportedly Go Airborne
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