VIDEOS: Kansas City Schlitterbahn Tests World's Tallest, Fastest Water Slide

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Verruckt has 264 steps leading to the top, where four-person rafts will take riders down at 65 mph.
After six weeks and $1 million worth of delays, Kansas City's Schlitterbahn water park is finally testing its newest water slide, billed as the world's tallest, fastest and steepest.

Named after the German word for "going insane," the Verruckt water slide has 264 steps leading to the top, where four-person rafts will take riders down a seventeen-story fall and send them the equivalent of two football fields in eighteen seconds at 65 mph.

The ride was supposed to open May 23, in time for Memorial Day weekend traffic, but designers say the ambitious ride needs more fine-tuning before it can open to the public.

"A lot of our math was based on roller coasters at first, and that didn't translate to a water slide like this," says Jeff Henry, co-owner of Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts, to USA Today. "No one had ever done anything like this before."

See also: World's Tallest, Fastest Water Slide Under Construction in Kansas City

Henry got to be one of the first two people to try the daring drop, and he caught it on video:

"I'm still recovering mentally," Henry tells USA Today. "It's like jumping off the Empire State Building. It's the scariest thing I've done."

The water slide's builders started testing with rafts full of sandbags but had to stop when the sandbags and rafts were launched terrifyingly into the air. Thankfully, it's on video.

Here's a test run with the sandbags:

And here's a test run where the raft launches itself high above the ride and makes you want to piss yourself:

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22 comments
Neiko Tripp
Neiko Tripp

I'd Schlitterbahn my pants if I rode that

Kim Henson
Kim Henson

Get on over here, Bryan, you go with me!

Thomas Doyle
Thomas Doyle

Ok.There is only so high it can be.So long it can be and so fast one can slide down.Everything,including water slides has their limits.

Babs VanHoose-Dunaway
Babs VanHoose-Dunaway

We just went last weekend, the Verruckt isn't open just get. It's An OK waterpark but severely understaffed and mostly teens working (not college kids), but teens. An example is that their slide "towers" feed three different slides, at the top where you get on the slide, there is one staff person with sometimes up to 40 people! The best part was the swim up bar, but it's connected to the kiddie pool and the water is heated to probably 70 degrees...strange location, stranger yet to fill people with alcohol and let them hang out in warm water...overall, we will skip and go to Holiday World next time. They have the best waterpark ever!

Tim Jensen
Tim Jensen

Not a hair on your ass.....or on your chinny chin chin. I'll believe it when I see it. But this thing is a must-do for me!

Chris Barlow
Chris Barlow

I think we all know what 'schlitterbahn' means in english!

Kala Bowman
Kala Bowman

Addy Van Os Keuls Chantel Roark I want to get schlitterbahned!

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