There are waterslides, like at your neighbor’s pool. There are waterslides, like at your local waterpark. And then there’s overkill. You get one guess where the Verrückt falls among those three categories.
Waterslide Of DOOOOOOOOOOM!
Verrückt, which translates out simply and elegantly to “crazy” according to Google Translate (so it probably means “calculator” or something, but let’s roll with it), is, simply put, the tallest waterslide in the world. Currently being built in Kansas City by Schlitterbahn, a noted waterpark company, the idea is, of course, to be the biggest in the world because that’s how we do things with our amusement park rides. And, as you may have noticed, size is really the key selling point here.
Wet and Wild
Essentially, Verrückt is, pure and simple, about momentum and lubrication. Once you get to the top of the tower, and at seventeen stories, that’s going to take a little while, you and three other people get on the slide and down you go.
Yes, that’s really it. It’s just that you have so little friction, and are on such a downslope, that you’re going to be moving faster than 65 miles an hour (the current record) by the time you hit the bottom of the curve. Hence, the uphill part, a five-story artificial hill, to ensure that you don’t splatter against a wall or something. Personally, we would have just made that part a ramp, but we guess liability issues are important to water parks.
Verrückt sadly is still being built, so you should probably wait to book your tickets to Kansas City. But it won’t be too long of a wait; while they do still have to install a custom raft system and the like, Verrückt is expected to be open May 23rd, 2014. We’re sure Kansas City can’t wait.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.