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World's Largest Water Slide

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SEE IT: World's largest water slide set to open in Kansas 

The Texas-based Schlitterbahn Development Group has designed the Verruckt ride, which in means insane, and it's set to open soon. At 168 feet and 7 inches tall, it broke the Guinness Book of World Records for tallest water slide.




The largest water slide in the world is literally known as insane.

An online video shows Jeff Henry, the designer for the Verruckt water slide in Kansas City, Kan., slide down the ride for the first time with ride engineer John Schooley in a raft.

The Verruckt, which means insane in German, was crowned the largest water slide in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records in May at 168 feet and 7 inches tall.

A full video showing the point of view of the rider for the entire ride is also online.

The ride will travel at speeds between 45 and 65 miles per hour depending on the riders' weight and weather conditions, Henry's assistant Nick Tyson told the Daily News.

The slide goes down a giant drop and then riders travel over a five-story bump, and then reach the end.

The Texas-based Schlitterbahn Development Group, which Henry owns, planned to open the ride at its Kansas City water park on June 29, but the opening has been delayed as they try to work out an error in the mechanism that returns the rafts to the top of the structure, he said.


They have done thousands of test runs with sand bags because Tyson said it is nearly impossible to predict how a run will ride with water and wind.

"You really don't know what will happen until you have water and ride it," he said.

The slide also has a new feature that secures the raft onto the slide to ensure it will not fall off despite the high speed, he said.

There is another feature that reduces the amount of water and energy used, he said. The slide has censors on the track that only runs the water where the raft is traveling. Tyson said the feature should save the park millions of dollars over the next 10 to 20 years. Follow on Twitter @joelzlandau


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