The World’s Tallest Water Ride ~ How Brave Are You?

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The Verr├╝ckt water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, is officially open for business. Before park visitors go down the slide, they’ll have to go up: 264 stairs to a platform higher than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls. The slide, with a name that means “insane” in German, was officially declared the world’s tallest in April.

The initial opening date was in May, but the park delayed opening it three times before Thursday. In order to prepare for the opening, the slide needed some adjustments. The rafts, which were originally intended to hold four people, now hold three. The slope of the hill was changed to a “more gentle” 22 degrees, but was heightened by 11 feet. The structure is 168 feet tall. (Jessica Plautz, Mashable)