Sunday, April 14, 2024

VIDEO: Schlitterbahn Kansas City to Open World’s Tallest and Fastest Waterslide

Kansas City, MO, USA — Verrückt, designed and built by Schlitterbahn Development Group for Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, breaks the record for the World’s Tallest Waterslide, a record which was held by Kilimanjaro at Aguas Quentes Country Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kilimanjaro has held the record since 2002.

Description: Verrückt combines a breathtaking drop with an uphill blast on a hill that’s over 50 feet high. Four riders on a specially designed raft will plummet down the equivalent of a drop from a 17 story building – exact height will be announced at an official measuring event Spring of 2014.

Background: Verrückt, which translates from German as “insane,” was developed by Waterpark innovator Jeff Henry. Henry holds numerous patents for ride innovations and has brought inland water surfing, uphill water coasters and endless tube rides to the industry. The Henry family operates four Schlitterbahn parks around the country.

Ride Height: To Be Announced

Ride Fiberglass Length: 601 feet

Top Deck Size: 30’ x 34’

Length of Aluminum Railings: 977 linear feet

Uphill Section: 1

Stairs to climb: 264

Stairway Length: 443 linear feet

Other: The tower of the ride is constructed from railroad tanker cars that have been cut and welded into a single vertical tower. The ride required advanced sensor and nozzle technology as well as a robust conveyor system never before built.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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