Verruckt to open at Schlitterbahn on Thursday

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas - Officials at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., said Tuesday that the public will be able to ride the Verrückt slide on Thursday.

The ride was originally scheduled to open on May 23 when the water park’s season began. The next scheduled opening on June 5 was postponed, and a June 29 date also was delayed. Park officials have said the delays were needed to allow for more testing.

Guinness World Records in April certified the 17-story, 168-foot-tall attraction as the tallest water slide in the world. Riders on the Verruckt, which means “insane” in German, plummet at 60 mph to 70 mph on four-person rafts.

Members of the media will have an opportunity to ride the water slide on Wednesday.

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A November 2013 photo shows Schlitterbahn's new Verrückt speed slide/water coaster in Kansas City, Kan. A spokeswoman for the waterpark in Kansas says crews are still trying to fix a mechanical problem with the world's tallest water slide. Unless it can be fixed by Sunday, the ride's official opening may be delayed for a third time.. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Jill Toyoshiba)
A November 2013 photo shows Schlitterbahn’s new Verrückt speed slide/water coaster in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Jill Toyoshiba)
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