Insane 17-story waterslide in Kansas

Posted at 6:43 AM, Nov 20, 2013

KANSAS CITY — Schlitterbahn, a water park in Kansas City, Kan., is building the tallest, fastest water slide in the world.

The Verrückt (which means “insane” in German) Meg-A-Blaster will make its debut next May when the park opens. The company recently shared photos and video of construction of the new 17-story thrill slide.

On the ride, four-person rafts will plummet down from the tower and speed across a five-story hill.

Schlitterbahn is a family-owned and operated company based in New Braunfels, Texas. Schlitterbahn began its first park, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, in 1979. Since then, Schlitterbahn has developed three waterparks located in Texas and one in Kansas City, Kan.

A fact sheet obtained by FOX 4 from Schlitterbahn indicates the current record for ‘World’s Tallest Waterslide’ is held by Kilimanjaro at Aguas Quentes Country Club in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. That slide stands 137. 5 ft. tall.

The new slide is being developed by Jeff Henry, and the exact dimensions will be revealed at an official measuring event in the Spring of 2014. The fact sheet notes that the tower is constructed out of railroad tanker cars that have been cut and welded into a single vertical tower.

Story via Fox 4.