Insane, 17-Story Water Slide to Open in Kansas
'Verruckt' will set height, speed records, promises water park
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 20, 2013 9:47 AM CST
The towering slide.   (Schlitterbahn)

(Newser) – Up until now, the world's tallest water slide has been Brazil's "Insano," at 134.5 feet; those who brave it travel at speeds of 65mph. But a new attraction at a Kansas water park will apparently dwarf those figures. Schlitterbahn park is keeping a lid on the exact height and speed of the under-construction Verruckt Meg-A-Blaster, USA Today reports. But it will be about 17 stories high, reports the Kansas City Star, which notes a "measuring event" will take place in advance of the slide's May 23 opening. Verruckt is German for "insane," which is what you might have to be to ride the thing. (Indeed, a promotional video asks "R U Insane?")

It's "going to be a game-changer for our industry," says a park co-owner. "Our greatest challenge will be to find thrill seekers brave enough to ride." And brave enough to climb the slide's 264 steps, to the top of a tower made from chopped-up railroad tanker cars, before descending in a four-person inflatable raft. Even after the initial descent, the thrills continue: There's an extra hump at the bottom, Gawker notes via MidwestInfoGuide. Adds another park spokesperson: "We have always been family friendly, but this will attract those adrenaline junkies." Many more photos here.

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K.KRANK
Nov 20, 2013 7:54 PM CST
Finally a reason to go to Kansas! haha & this one ride alone makes me a lot less inclined to ask what's the matter w/Kansas haha
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 20, 2013 7:38 PM CST
Hope it won't be like Action Park. it was notorious for deadly water features. One was a rope swing where people died because of the plunge into cold spring water. But the best had to be the loop water slide. It was a circular loop, not the ellipse like you see in loops today on roller coasters. Reason for the elliptical design is to reduce the centrifugal force through the spin. If you use a circle, the centrifugal force reaches more than 6g. The end result is everybody in the ride is knocked out. So that's what happened at Action Park. So they closed the slide and most of the other more deadly rides.
RadioFreeKansas
Nov 20, 2013 4:24 PM CST
I'm sure some folks will Schlitterbahn their swimsuits on the way down!