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Schlitterbahn's 'Verrückt' enters Guinness Book of World Records

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Posted at 6:36 AM, Apr 25, 2014
and last updated 2018-05-22 14:25:19-04

It’s official! Schlitterbahn’s newest water slide Verrückt has set the record as the world’s tallest water slide, measuring in at 168 feet and 7 inches.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland was at the water park for the special announcement Friday morning.

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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.