Verrückt grand opening date uncertain after another setback

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Thrill seekers are thinking twice about getting on the world's tallest water slide, after yet another opening is cancelled.

Verrückt, German for "insane," sits 17 stories high.

Even though it's not open, it's already bringing people in.

"I was expecting to go down the new slide," Allison Klonowski said.

But now, she might have to wait even longer. The water slide was supposed to open for a media preview this week, but the event was cancelled.

The grand opening to the public is set for Sunday, but now officials are unclear if that will happen.

"I'd rather push it back, then know we were skipping a single step in safety for our guests," Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said.

Verrückt's development group noticed problems with the slide's conveyor belt. The belt carries 200 pound rafts to the top.

"A conveyor system is really critical. It's tied in with the actual functioning of the ride," Prosapio said.

Developers seemed to have the conveyor back up and running, as rafts were carried up 168 feet. Officials say riders have no reason to worry.

"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," Prosapio said.

"It's good that they're pushing it back to make sure about safety. My natural reaction is still that it's got more kinks in it then they can fix," Tristan Bevan said.

So, the question remains...

If the ride opens on Sunday, will you be on it?

"I don't think so. It's just scary now," Klonowski said.

"I'm gonna be worried about it but I'm still gonna ride it," Bevan said.

Officials say they should know within the next couple of days if Verrückt will open on Sunday.

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