Thats right, 168 feet – which comes out to be about 17 stories worth of stairs to get to the top.
This ride has been certified by the Guinness World Records to in fact be the worlds tallest waterside to date. It is 5 feet taller than the previous record holder.
Jeff Henry is the owner of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts and was more than willing to be the test dummy for the new design, along with his assistant and head designer John Schooley. They chose to be the ones to test it out so that they can determine what needs to be fixed. The article states that they tore down two thirds of the slide before achieving the ride they have now.
What makes it so unique is the fact that it’s not just a single drop. This slide – called the Verrückt – has twists, turns, and even goes uphill. With speeds up to 50 mph, it’s sure to be enough of a thrill for even the most extreme ride go-ers.
The opening date has been changed a few times now due to safety issues. Personally that makes me question how safe it really can be. 168 feet is a long way to fall if something were to go wrong. Not to mention the speeds, and the fact that it’s a water slide so you’re not exactly strapped safely in your seat. You’re on a four person raft…which seems a little sketchy. But hey, maybe I’m just being paranoid and it is actually the most incredible experience of your life.
Guess I’ll just have to wait and read the reviews of those who are daring enough to try.