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World's Tallest Water Slide Is an Uphill Aqua Coaster (Video)

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 09:07 AM

By Alexandra Ward

A Kansas amusement park says it will shatter the Guinness World Record for tallest water slide when it debuts the world's first-ever uphill aqua coaster next spring.

It's called Verrückt, which is German for "insane," and the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., is touting it as the "tallest, fastest, steepest" water slide in the world, according to the Kansas City Star.

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"This new Verrückt Meg-A-Blaster speed slide is going to be a game changer for our industry," Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry said in a news release. "Our greatest challenge will be to find thrill seekers brave enough to ride."

Unlike normal water slides, Verrückt is not for individual riders. Instead, riders will travel 17 stories up and board an inflatable raft that seats four. They'll soar down the steep drop and then up a final five-story hump.

Park officials aren't revealing the official height or speed of Verrückt, at least not yet, but they promise it will eclipse the existing record-holder — the 164-foot-high Kilimanjaro slide in Barra do Piraí, Brazil.

Verrückt will open May 23, 2014.

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