Crazy Video 'Scariest Thing I've Ever Done': World's Tallest Water Slide Set to Open
Would you take this plunge? On America's Newsroom this morning, we got a look at the world's tallest and fastest water slide and a firsthand account of what it's like to ride it.
Jeff Henry, co-owner of the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, told Bill Hemmer that he had to give it a try before it opens to the most daring among us. The slide, called Verrückt (crazy in German), is close to 170 feet high and riders can reach a speed of 60 mph.
After riders climb the 264 steps to the top, they are strapped into a raft for the big thrill.
"My first trip down it was the scariest thing I've ever done. At my age, near 60, I didn't think I could do it, but I had to because the state of Texas pride was riding on it," said Henry. He explained that for the first 60 feet, the rider is in a straight free-fall not even touching the slide.
Then, you get to the bottom and when you think it's over, you go up a second hill and come back down.
"It's like a big roller coaster only better."
The slide was supposed to open for Memorial Day, but the park pushed it back to conduct more safety tests. Now it's set to open tomorrow morning.
Henry said the ride is all clear for the public and he'll be the first person in line to take the plunge tomorrow.
Watch the full video and interview above.