Schlitterbahn announces Verrückt will not open as expected on Sunday

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The possibility that Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, would open this coming Sunday was shaky after problems were revealed concerning the slide’s conveyor belt system on Wednesday.  Late on Thursday night the park announced that the water slide will not open on June 29.

The park had already cancelled a media preview for Verrückt earlier in the week. The slide’s development group noticed problems with the conveyor belt, which carries the 200 pound rafts up 168 feet for a record plunge.

Park officials say that guest safety is paramount to any plans that may have been made and that pushing the dates back should be reassuring.

“I would think this would increase your confidence. If anything, all of these calls we’re talking about, all these times we’re saying we’re not ready should make you feel better,” Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio told FOX 4 on Wednesday.

FOX 4 will provide an update when the park announces a new projected opening date for Verrückt.

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