I’m all for an exhilarating thrill ride, but after watching the POV footage from the Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, I’m suddenly afraid of heights. The water slide has actually started testing its abilities with real humans and the result is pretty terrifying! The slide is located in Kansas City at the Schlitterbahn water park, with its grand debut always pushed back again and again because engineers wanted to make sure that it was safe enough to ride given it’s 168 feet and 7 inches tall. Earlier this year, sand bags were thrown down it to test it and the early tests showed the entire raft being lifted into the air as it went down. To safeguard against this issue, there’s now netting around the entire thing so you can’t go very far if you fall out.
To give some perspective of just how high that is, the Stature of Liberty in NYC is about 151 feet tall from its toes to the tip of the flame AND it’s even taller than Niagara Falls, so it’s definitely not for those who aren’t super daring. To get to the top of this massive water slide, you have to climb 264 steps. When sliding down (on a very large raft that’s attached to you), it’s estimated that you’ll hit speeds of up to 65 mph. There’s still no date when the slide will officially open, but we can’t even imagine many people actually having enough balls to attempt it!