Wedgie Alert! Check Out the World's Tallest Water Slides
(Courtesy: Schlitterbahn Kansas City)
In German, Verrückt means insane. It is also the name of the recently anointed World’s Largest Water Slide by the Guinness Book of World Records, opening later this month at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. At a staggering 168.5 feet, Verrückt will stand taller than both Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty.
After climbing 264 steps you and your three friends will board a raft and plummet from the top at a speed of 65.2 mph before being propelled up and over a 50 foot-high hill. It opens May 23—just in time for swimsuit season—so book your tickets now.
If solo is more your thing, check out these terrifying slides. Just remember: when embarking on the ride, wear a one-piece and lock your legs together real tight or the landing ain’t gonna be pretty.
1. Kilimanjaro, Brazil
Height: 164 feet
Riders hit 60 mph as they race on their backs down this massive fiberglass speed slide in the Águas Quentes Country Club. The ride is so big that designers had to excavate part of a hill to accommodate it. Be sure to commit to the free fall before you climb the 234 steps—park owners claims 1-in-20 chicken out at the top.
2. Insano, Brazil
Height: 135 feet
At Beach Park, in northern Brazil, riders climb 14 stories to enjoy panoramic views of the nearby Atlantic Ocean before plummeting at 65 mph to the waiting crowds below. The speed slide, which only lasts about four to five seconds, held the Guinness Book of World records title before Kilimanjaro.
(Courtesy: Ricardo Mendonça Ferreira)
3. Spacemaker, Italy
Height: 132 feet
This three or four-person raft slide situated at Aqualandia, outside Venice shoots you down a 60-degree slope at speeds of up to 62 mph. The bad news: it can take up to 15 minutes to climb the dizzying 156-step spiral staircase to the top—raft in tow. The good news: it’ll only take three seconds to get back down.