Kansas: Riders call tallest waterslide scary, but worth it

 
 
Schlitterbahn's new Verrückt speed slide/water coaster in Kansas City, Kansas — the world's tallest.
Schlitterbahn's new Verrückt speed slide/water coaster in Kansas City, Kansas — the world's tallest.
Jill Toyoshiba / AP

From a distance, Verrückt — the world’s tallest waterslide just opened at Schlitterbahn Waterpark — doesn’t look so scary. Even from just below the 168-foot-tall structure, it’s easy to dismiss the steepness of the first plunge. But the steady screams of grown men and women clinging to their rafts as they nosedive through bursts of water are proof this ride is anything but tame. Before being allowed to climb the stairs, a park worker reads a two-page list of warnings — and one of the possible hazards of going down the waterslide is, well, death. Oh, just so you know, “Verrückt ” is German for “insane.”

Details: www.schlitterbahn.com/kansas-city.

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