After third delay, no new opening date for Schlitterbahn’s Verruckt (with new VIDEO)

07/01/2014 9:14 AM

08/06/2014 12:13 PM

After three false starts, Schlitterbahn water park officials have decided to keep quiet on a new official opening date for the park’s world-record setting water slide, Verruckt.

“Our crews are working hard,” said Winter Prosapio, corporate director of communications and government relations for Schlitterbahn. “(But) we're going to try to stay away from a date at this point.”

The 168-foot, 7-inch ride in Kansas City, Kan., gained widespread attention when it was tabbed by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest water slide, but it has since been hampered by a number of delays.

It was originally scheduled to open May 23, but additional work pushed the date back to June 5. Finally, an official opening was set for Sunday, but then the park announced Thursday night that the attraction would not be ready by the weekend.

On Friday, Prosapio outlined the nature of the hold-ups, citing issues with the conveyor belt as well as the need for additional testing.

At the moment, she said, the ride's development team is still making tweaks to the slide. When they've completed their work, they'll pass it along to the park's operations team.

"They'll hand it over, and then we have a testing process on the operational side, just to make sure we know what we're doing," Prosapio said. "And then we put our first real rafts down, the rafts with guests."

The ride has generated much interest, with USA Today debuting a countdown Monday. A one-hour Travel Channel special on “Xtreme Waterparks” is airing on Sunday, with a nod to the building of Verrückt.

In the meantime, Schlitterbahn has released a new point-of-view video of the ride to whet appetites.

And, if you’re curious, here’s a sneak peek from April of the Travel Channel special.

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