Skip to comments.Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?
Posted on 07/07/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT by nickcarraway
It's like sliding off the top of a 15-story building on nothing more than an air mattress. That's the experience promised by the Verrückt, the attraction called the world's tallest water slide by the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City.
The giant water slide stands at 168 feet tall, resembling a NASA launchpad as it towers over its surroundings. Instead of a rocket, the slide launches people on a large raft that organizers say will reach speeds topping 60 mph before it comes to rest after completing an initial large drop that's followed by a second rise and fall.
The Schlitterbahn Development Group recently posted video of the first humans to try the ride, with water park designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley testing their work. A "raw" version of the footage, without a musical soundtrack, includes several profanities. The company says its test camera stopped working during the test run.
The slide was scheduled to be open for business at the start of this summer. But as the tech site io9 notes, there were problems:
"Also, remember a few months back when we reported the rumor that sandbags were being launched off the ride, and then everyone freaked out because the park claimed that wasn't true. Well guess what? It was true. In earlier models of the ride sandbags were launched into the air. And on the actual ride itself, early tests showed the entire freaking raft lift off into the air."
We reported on a decidedly less heart-pounding water slide in May, as the city of Bristol, England, made way for a long water slide that let people take a leisurely trip down a central street.
Oh HELL YEAH!!!!!!!
Human beings are NUTS!
It should have been made out of a clear substance... lol
Not me. I remember sitting at the top of a similar ride at Six Flags over Texas thinking, “What on earth am I doing here?” Then I rode it again! The second time, I swore of that stuff forever.
I love water slides. However anything traveling down a 168 ft structure then goes over some bump is a sure fire lawsuit waiting to happen.
Now if it was a lie on your back, hold your junk and pray water slide, the steeper the drop before connecting with the slide the better.
I think Verrückt translates into ‘batsh*t crazy’ in German or something like that. You can see the thing from the interstate as you drive by. No way I’m ever getting on it.
Who wears boots on a water slide?
That climb up the tower should suffice to frighten away those who shouldn’t ride the thing ...
The building of this water slide was carried on the Travel Channel program of Extreme Waterparks. It was the season premier a week ago yesterday.
In related news, I noticed that Action Park in New Jersey is open again ...
Clear substance plus another 10 degrees to the vertical.
Yea, oh hell no... They screwed up the math big time... 60 MPH with nothing restraining the boat or the people to the slide with a ramp, UH hell no... Whoever designed this screwed up big time... no wonder it got its opening delayed....
And delayed once again... shocking for safety... they screwed the pooch on basic engineering.
the youtube clip only verified what I instinctly knew from the photo.
hmmm ... when I’m ready to check out ... I think I’ll check THIS out .... what a heart attack !
That takes my breath away just looking at that first steep drop. I can feel the cold misty winds wooshing by as I sink down. YES! Yes! I want to ride it. I just don’t want to stand in line for over 90 minutes in the hot sun waiting my turn.
Close. Verrückt means 'insane'.
Will I ride it?
All freakin day...
I answered just based on the description. ..then...I saw the video.
What? Fer sure he doesn’t wear a hat anymore...LOL
Exactly, they ignored fundamental physics in the design.. can’t imagine how the hell they got to having a full scale before they got bit. Thankfully they caught it before some poor group of college kids or something overloaded a boat.
This whole thing is just a flat out stupid idea.
Nothing to worry about, we're not sandbags....... :)
How many people will have coronaries from climbing up 15 flights of stairs in the heat..NO elevators?
Are you kidding me??? Action Park Lives! I can’t believe it... I mean in 2014, in order to get insurance they must have destroyed half of the attractions. Rite of passage for kids was leaving Action Park scraped up, bleeding, or otherwise maimed. This is BREAKING NEWS as far as I am concerned.
LOL, ya think?
I'd love to ride it .... once .... but I don't think I'd make it to the top
Never in a million years.
They need one in Gilroy.
Yeah, somethin besides a park of pretty trees....
I rode the drop and the sling at Great America 4x a couple weeks ago and have a season pass.
I’m going again tomorrow or Wednesday.
“I feel the need. The need for speed!!!”
Yeah, I noticed that, too. I was thinking I hope it wasn’t his favorite, lucky hat, because it was a goner.
You’d have to be to do something like this. And I like water rides.
It was just built in response to a drunken bet.
Keep the rodents amused...Give them rodent tubes to slide on...
Attention Walmart Shoppers, they did not screw the pooch. You are watching a viral marketing campaign. For those of you who spell “physics” with an “f,” the calculations are not difficult for this ride, and the opening date was always the same. All videos of potential catastrophe are deliberate test-to-fail studies for insurance purposes. If you still are not sure, if you still are worried, then the marketing scheme worked, because after you survive you will go at least once more, brag of your survival, and in that way bring in many more customers who will want to see if they survive too.
Anybody over 40 will only be able to do that slide once.
Look at all of those steps to get to the top!
There is a minor flaw in that advertising philosophy, since I'm in the first category, there is no way I'm ever getting on that thing........" Epic FAIL!"
LOL, it will draw you irresistably... first one person will survive, then a dozen, then hundreds, then thousands, and then suddenly you’ll find yourself on top of it screaming “Banzai!”
Yes, yes, that’s it, they announced a live date, then tore the ride down to rebuild it differently and missed that date, and two more since, all because of viral marketing..... that’s it.
Sorry but that’s nonsense, you don’t construct the ride on site completely and then tear it down and spend another month rebuilding it as part of a marketing campaign, to only have to miss the new date again.
They screwed the math, pure and simple. The entire concept is ill conceived, even the retrofitting they did to “fix” it is pretty well slap dash “engineering” as well.
Simply put, 60 MPH in a vehicle that is not connected to anything other than by gravity, filled with people who are not connected to the car by anything but gravity, sent toward a ramp clearly angled way to steep to do anything but result in flight when more than a certain load was put in the thing isn’t viral marketing, its bad math.
Don’t believe me, go watch the ride where they did it with the designer and engineer, if you watch that ride closely you’ll see they barely make it to the top of the hill, they didn’t do their math right, pure and simple. If you think engineers don’t screw up simple math, you have a lot of history of system failures to catch up on.
And if you think investors will put up millions and insurance companies will even talk to people who plan on risking public lawsuits without rock-solid engineering, you live on another planet.
At most, the risk was too great to leave to math alone, so they built an adjustable setup for final testing to both make absolutely sure the had it safe, and to see if their math applied perfectly it required real-world adjustments.
At most. But my bet is that their tests proved their math perfectly.
LOL, "barely making it to the top of the hill" is doing the math RIGHT! That's HOW you minimize the negative g- forces and keep it on the track. Go fast, and you fly off the hill!
Oh, H*ll NO!! I’ve been following all the miscalculations and watching sandbags go flying off that second hill. That will NEVER happen. I don’t care if they make it the safest slide on earth. I’m not going anywhere near that thing.
Kind of reminds me of when my two sons would get tired of the zoo - they would sprint out the front screaming, "Run! Run! The tigers got out!" :)
There are many examples of idiocy. This isn’t one of them. It’s too public, and the physics is simply too easy. Plus anyone having serious problems isn’t going to keep posting YouTube videos about how much they’ve screwed up. There’s a lot of money in this thing, and it’s being done in the open. IMO, what you see is what they want you to see.