First Humans Test Ride America’s Tallest Water Slide, Give Us Terrifying First-Person Glimpse (Video)

7/7/14 12:40PM EST

Adrenaline junkies have waited a long time, and the time has finally come: The Verrückt Meg-A-Blaster is open for business.

The world’s tallest water slide, which has a home at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Waterpark, is now taking daredevils on the ride of their lives. And just in case you’re wondering what it’s like hurling down a 17-story drop in a rubber raft at 65mph, Verrückt’s designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley wanted to give you a glimpse of their first ride.

Viewers waiting to ride the monster water slide can first watch Henry and Schooley go on a ride and get a first-person feel of what it’s like to “see the insanity that is responsible for the world’s tallest water slide.”

Riders on the Verrückt descend in a four-person raft, first climbing 264 steps just to reach the top of the ride. Once the ride begins, the raft drops down five stories at more than 65 mph before reaching another hump and a final drop. The ride is so tall that it surpasses the height of both Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty.

Do you have to be insane to ride The Verrückt (which literally translates to “insane” in German)?

Maybe just a little,” says the ride’s website.

 
 

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