Building the World's Tallest

Go behind-the-scenes of the making of the world's tallest water slide - Schlitterbahn's Verruckt in Kansas City, KS. At 168-feet, 7 inches, Verruckt is the Guinness World Record holder for the tallest water slide on the planet.

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verruckt model in Texas
verruckt model in Texas

verruckt model in Texas

Verruckt started to take shape in New Braunfels TX at the site of an old quarry that Schlitterbahn Water Park owns and uses when they're inventing new rides. 960 1280

  

Verruckt model waterslide

Verruckt model waterslide

This is the 80-foot-tall prototype -- a test model that's approximately half the size of the real Verruckt in Kansas City, KS. It was torn down immediately after testing. 960 1280

  

Side view of Verruckt

Side view of Verruckt

Side view of the proposed drop and lift of Verruckt that came to be taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. 960 1280

  

Construction workers building Verruckt

Construction workers building Verruckt

Schlitterbahn Water Park workers building Verruckt. 960 1280

  

view from the top of Verruckt

view from the top of Verruckt

A view from what would be the top of Verruckt. 960 1280

  

John Schooley testing out Verruckt

John Schooley testing out Verruckt

This is John Schooley, the senior designer at Schlitterbahn Water Park. He and Jeff Henry, co-owner of the waterpark, have a tradition of being the first to test any new slide. The two have been testing new waterslides for 20 years. 960 1280

  

first human to ride down Verruckt

first human to ride down Verruckt

This is the very first human ride on the test model. The temperature had dropped from 80 to 43 degrees overnight. Fun note: Jeff Henry duct taped his joints before riding. 960 1280

  

Verruckt waterslide

Verruckt waterslide

This is the real Verruckt. The black pads act as speed bumps on the waterslide, which cause friction and slow down the rafts. 960 1280

  

View of the 60-degree drop on Verruckt

View of the 60-degree drop on Verruckt

This is the nail-biting, 60-degree drop that starts the ride. What makes it even more terrifying is the fact that your raft gets air as you're dropping, lifting you slightly off the slide. 960 1280

  

test rafts going down Verruckt

test rafts going down Verruckt

This is one of the test rafts going down Verruckt. 100 unmanned rafts were sent down Verruckt to make sure the waterslide was complete. The conveyor belt (right; designed after a rock hauler used it in Colorado mines) brings the rafts back up. 960 1280

  

Speed monitor tracking Verruckt waterslide raft at 47mph

Speed monitor tracking Verruckt waterslide raft at 47mph

When the waterslide was tested, with just the rafts, they were hitting speeds of 47 mph. 960 1280

  


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