2014 gets better and better for water park enthusiasts as a new world record breaking slide has been announced. Verrückt, German for insane, is the latest step in Schlitterbahn’s history, being the tallest and fastest water slide to date. “We have always been family friendly, but this will attract those adrenaline junkies who are always looking for that next biggest, coolest thrill,” Layne Pitcher, the park’s Director of Marketing and Sales, states. Schlitterbahn is keeping the height of the slide secret until an official ceremony this spring but it has been revealed that you will need to climb 264 stairs to the top of the slide.
The water slide itself is a water coaster, with an initial drop, which flares out into a 5 story hill. Verrückt uses new technology was used for the second hill, says the company, which then slides into the splash zone where the tubes are taken, and sent up the conveyor system to the next riders. The slide rafts will be 4 seat rafts. “At Schlitterbahn we love rides that encourage people to share the experience,” said in the company’s fact sheet. In a company news release, Jeff Henry, a Schlitterbahn co-owner, states that Verrückt will be a game changer. Construction of Verrückt has already begun. The first drop is already visible with other pieces of the slide being assembled. It will be finishing out this phase soon to undergo a rigorous testing stage. “Safety is paramount to us,” Pitcher states, “We want to provide a thrilling ride, but safety comes first.” The slide is set to open in spring of 2014.