Tallest water slide in the world being built in the US

Thursday, November 21st, 2013. Filed under: Destinations
Set to be the scariest water slide on the planet, the Verruckt, which means 'insane' in German, will be the tallest water slide in the world with a 17-storey drop when it's completed in Kansas City next year. © Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

Set to be the scariest water slide on the planet, the Verruckt, which means ‘insane’ in German, will be the tallest water slide in the world with a 17-storey drop when it’s completed in Kansas City next year.
© Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

(Relaxnews) – Thrillseekers may find this idea appealing, while those who suffer from vertigo will find it horrifying: the world’s tallest water slide is being built in Kansas City and will send adrenaline junkies down a 17-story drop.

Verruckt, which means 'insane' in German will be the tallest water slide in the world. © Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

Verruckt, which means ‘insane’ in German will be the tallest water slide in the world.
© Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

Named Verruckt, which means ‘insane’ in German, the new theme park attraction will be taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty (from her toes to her torch), sending a raft of four riders down a 50-foot (15 meter) chute.

When the Verruckt, designed by waterpark attraction specialists the Schlitterbahn Development Group, is completed next year, it will break the current record held by the Kilimanjaro at the Aguas Quentes Country Club in Rio de Janeiro — a record the park has held since 2002.

To get to the top, riders will also have to climb 264 stairs.

Construction of the towering attraction is also the subject of a documentary produced by The Travel Channel.

The official height will be revealed next spring when the ride is completed.

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