KANSAS CITY, Kan. - It’s official! Schlitterbahn’s newest water slide Verruckt has set the record as the world’s tallest water slide, measuring in at 168 feet and 7 inches. in the world.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland was at the water park for the special announcement Friday morning.
Schlitterbahn Spokeswoman Layne Pitcher said measuring the height takes precise surveying tools with lasers. They also had to have third party witnesses monitor the measuring process.
The water slide is higher than the Niagara Falls, taller than the Statue of Liberty and faster than a cheetah.
Riders will strap into a four-person raft and slide down at about 60 mph. Riding over that hill in the middle of the slide is the equivalent to jumping over 21 semi trucks parked side-by-side.
The ride has a 48-inch height requirement. The slide is currently still being tested for safety and is expected to open on May 24.