Heart pounds, eyes close on the tallest waterslide

In this photo taken with the fisheye lens, riders go down the world's tallest water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) —  Early riders on the world’s tallest water slide say the Kansas City, Kansas, attraction is as scary as it looks, but they couldn’t wait to go down it again.

Among those getting a sneak peak at Verruckt at Schlitterbahn Waterpark on Wednesday was Kansas City Mayor Mark Holland, whose security detail anxiously waited while he took a second trip down the slide before being whisked away to another appointment.

The 17-story, 168-foot-tall water slide is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, six weeks later than initially anticipated. The ride was reconfigured after early tests included sandbag-filled rafts flying off the slide and crashing to the ground.

Verruckt, which means “insane” in German, was certified as the world’s tallest water slide in April by Guinness World Records.

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