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Take a virtual ride on the world’s tallest water slide at Schlitterbahn in KCK By MELISSA SCHUPMANN

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 7:31 a.m.

Construction on Verrückt is still underway, but you can forgo the 264-step climb and take a virtual ride on the new water slide coming to Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kan., this summer.

The video (shown below), which boasts the ride is "taller than Niagara Falls," takes the viewer on the highs and lows of the intense ride, which officials have promised will exceed the height of the current world-record-holding slide in Brazil.

Designed by Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry, Verrückt will be fast — as in faster than 65 mph.

The company says it will be faster than the thrill that riders now experience on the Brazilian slide — clocked at 65 mph — although like the height, they are not yet saying what that number will be.

At the bottom of that initial plummet, riders will confront a five-story hill. They will be propelled up and over that hill for the final descent to the ride’s finish.

That uphill push required new technology, according to the company. It also had to design and build the conveyor system to transport the rafts to the top of the tower.

“We have always been family friendly, but this will attract those adrenaline junkies who are always looking for that next biggest, coolest thrill,” said Layne Pitcher, the park’s director of marketing and sales.

Those brave or crazy enough to try the four-person slide will have to wait until the park opens May 23. Until then, a virtual ride will have to do.

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